Homes plan for Tynedale green belt
Last updated at 08:12, Wednesday, 30 October 2013
GREEN belt land across Tynedale could be sacrificed to allow the building of thousands of new homes across the district.
In the most ambitious housing programme the district has ever seen, vast new estates are being proposed at Hexham, Prudhoe, and Ponteland, as well as hundreds of homes at Allendale, Bellingham, Corbridge and Haydon Bridge.
It’s all part of Northumberland County Council’s masterplan for Northumberland over the next 15 years.
Faced with a declining population of working age, the county is planning to rip up the rule book and flood the county with new homes.
In a 128-page consultation document on the county’s core strategy, the county sets out proposals for 1,000 houses in Prudhoe, 900 in Hexham, and 850 in Ponteland.
Also on the list are 400 new homes in Haltwhistle, 300 each in Corbridge and Bellingham, 200 in Haydon Bridge, and 100 in Allendale.
On top of that will be an additional 480 new homes in unspecified villages across the district.
As far as Hexham is concerned, the county is proposing that the green belt boundary to the west of the town be redrawn to allow for the building of 600 houses between Allendale Road and the West Road.
It is also suggested that some industrial development could be accommodated on this land.
Another 160 houses are proposed on what is currently green belt land to the east of the town – on top of the land already allocated for housing at Craneshaugh.
At Prudhoe, the council says 1,000 new homes are required, and the preferred option is to develop the Prudhoe Hospital site.
While part of the site is classified as previously developed land, and some housing development is already taking place, the remainder is green belt land.
The council is proposing that the site is removed from the green belt completely, so it could accommodate some 650 dwellings.
Additional employment land will also be allocated in the vicinity of the vacant Hammerite factory to the north of A695.
Ponteland is seen as a desirable location because of its proximity to the Tyneside conurbation, and the council believes it could accommodate an additional 850 dwellings and three hectares of employment land.
Sites had already been identified for 480 dwellings, and the council now wants to focus development on two key locations; the Northumbria Police headquarters to the north west of the village at Smallburn, and a broad area to the south east.
In order to facilitate this, the entire police headquarters site will be removed from the green belt to allow the building of 350 homes. Another 450 homes are suggested for the area between the leisure centre and the high school, and Dobbies Garden Centre.
At Corbridge, the council is proposing to allow 250 dwellings along Milkwell Lane, and a smaller area to the east of Deadridge Lane for some 50 dwellings.
The planners believe Haltwhistle could accommodate 300 of its required 400 homes on land to west of Park Road.
Developable sites in Bellingham and Otterburn, with capacity to deliver around 150 dwellings, have already been identified, but the county says a total of 300 are required. This did not include the area north-east of the former Bellingham Mart, or areas to the west of the village.
The council is therefore proposing that both these areas are identified as strategic housing areas with a total capacity to accommodate some 220 homes.
Similar numbers are also required at Haydon Bridge, with land to the west of the village identified, along with an extension of the existing Showfield site.
The council’s policy board member with responsibility for planning, Coun. Allan Hepple, said: “We need more affordable and good quality homes for working families if we are to ensure that Northumberland is economically viable into the future.
“We have to have a population that will not only support existing and new jobs in the county but also sustain and develop local services, businesses and local communities.
“We want to ensure that the right development takes place in the right location by working closely with local communities.
“This managed approach will help to protect against pressure for inappropriate development over the next 20 year period.”
He emphasised that no decisions had yet been taken and the council would listen to the views of the public over the three-month consultation period.
During the consultation period there will be a number of drop-in events and discussion sessions.
These will include a small exhibition, with planning officers present, from 3-6pm followed by a discussion session between 6.30-8.30pm.
Those taking place locally are: Thursday November 7: Prudhoe (Spetchells Centre, Front Street); Tuesday November 19 Hexham (Prospect House, Hallgate); Thursday November 21 Ponteland (Memorial Hall); Thursday November 28 Haltwhistle (Library, Westgate).
First published at 07:43, Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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