Progress is being made on a major scheme for 480 homes and a 40-bedroom care home in Cramlington.
As previously reported by the Leader, an outline bid, by Leebell Developments – a partnership of Persimmon and Bellway Homes, for land north of Station Road, on a site known as Centre Point, was approved by councillors in January after fears over mine gas were largely allayed.
The approval was finally issued last month following the sign-off of a section 106 legal agreement.
Now, the proposed care home will be marketed to prospective operators over the coming months alongside detailed plans. The 17-hectare site will be supported by road improvements opposite nearby Cramlington Station.
Planning and design consultants Barton Willmore supported the joint venture, which is the latest step forward for the site which was originally included in the 1999 Blyth Local Plan and formed part of the original masterplan for Cramlington New Town in 1963.
Marytn Earle, associate planner at Barton Willmore, said: “It’s fantastic to see these long-awaited plans for Cramlington come to fruition.
“Centre Point marks another chapter in the story of Cramlington’s growth as a new town and it will bring quality housing where it is much needed in the area.
“Northumberland County Council’s Local Plan calls for housing that will attract inward investment to the town and this development will play a major part in that strategy.”
New homes will be in close proximity to bus and rail routes, along with a wealth of shopping opportunities – including Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure Centre.
James Hall, partner at Barton Willmore, said: “We agree with our clients that this must be one of the most sustainable sites in the region given its proximity to rail, road and bus routes as well as shops and services.”