Plans submitted for 23 new homes at Norham farm
PLANS have been lodged to build 23 new homes at Galagate Farm in Norham.
It is proposed to convert some of the existing farm buildings to create 14 new houses and demolish farm sheds to create a courtyard of nine new build homes.
There are also plans to introduce two small commercial units within the development. Their exact use has not yet been decided but they may consist of craft or professional based units.
The application by Ian Martin has been submitted to Northumberland County Council.
The farm building conversions would provide nine 2-bedroom houses, four 3-bedroom houses and one 4-bedroom house.
The new builds would comprise four 2-bedroom and five 3-bedroom homes. No affordable housing provision has been incorporated within the scheme.
This follows talks with council housing enabler John Turnbull who feels the need for affordable housing in Norham has been met by the 25 unit development at Glebefield.
Parking provision for 43 cars is included in the scheme.
The main vehicular access would be from the lane to the site’s western boundary.
Extensive discussions have taken place with highways engineer Chris Thompson and their preferred option is a priority traffic system that would give priority via signs to incoming traffic from the main road. The lane would be restricted to single traffic for some 20m over its narrowest section.
A wildlife review is also proposed between March and June to check for nesting swallows and roosting Natterer’s bats. Development on the site of Galagate Farm dates back to 1860, with the farm complex as it is today well established by the turn of the 20th century.
Town planning consultant Gordon Hotchkiss stated: “The proposal has taken cognisance of the existing format of the traditional buildings on the site and the historic development pattern associated with the village.
“In this the overall heritage elements of the village will be reinforced by the development and the overall visual integrity of the conservation area will be positively retained.”
The main farmhouse at Galagate Farm will remain unaffected by the proposals.
There will also still be enough storage space that there will be no impact on the agricultural viability of the farm.
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