Residents to highlight concerns at meeting

Angry residents opposing plans to build nearly 300 homes in their village are to air their concerns at a public meeting.

People living in New Hartley fear that plans submitted by Barratt Homes to build 286 houses in a 11.41-hectare site will destroy the village.

And they will be able to express their concerns at a public meeting due to be held on September 8, at 6pm, in the Memorial Hall.

Also attending will be representatives from Northumberland County Council, Seaton Valley Community Council and Barratt Homes.

Residents say they will highlight the negative impact the development will have, among which is the potential for more than 500 extra vehicles.

But speaking last month, developers at Barratt Homes say the proposals will bring benefits to the area.

Managing director Mike Roberts said: “Our exciting development proposal will provide much-needed family housing and will generate significant benefits for the village.

“The construction of the project represents a substantial investment in the area which we are proud to be associated with.

“Not only will the development underpin 414 direct construction jobs, but it will provide a seven-acre wildlife zone for residents to enjoy and increased expenditure for local business.

“In addition, approximately £350,000 will be contributed to sports and children’s play provision in New Hartley.”