Tweedmouth housing plans set to be lodged

Neil Turnbull, Affordable Housing Senior Officer looking over plans at the Roberts Lodge public consoltation

Neil Turnbull, Affordable Housing Senior Officer looking over plans at the Roberts Lodge public consoltation

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Formal plans to build 42 new affordable homes on a greenfield site at Roberts Lodge in Tweedmouth should be submitted in May.

Local residents were able to see the draft plans at a public consultation event at the Swan Centre last week.

Councillor Allan Hepple, policy board member responsible for housing at Northumberland County Council, said: “I would like to thank people very much for taking the time to come along to the event, and providing us with their comments and feedback.

“We will be looking closely at all the comments that people have made, and taking these into account in finalising the plans.

“We aim to submit a planning application in May, and as part of this process the community and local organisations will be able to see the detail and make further comments.

“There is a high and proven need for more affordable homes across Northumberland, and as a council we are determined to tackle this issue. We want everyone to have access to a home that is safe, warm and affordable, and this is one of a number of schemes planned across the county.”

Whilst a detailed application for a first phase development of 42 new affordable homes is being prepared, the proposals also include an outline planning application for the potential for up to 140 additional homes in further phases.

The proposals for phase one are located on a small portion of the site on the western edge towards Etal Road.

Architects have had to take the steeply sloping nature of the site into account when drawing up their plans.

‘The topography of the Roberts Lodge site offers many challenges but equally provides the opportunity for a varied and interesting response to context,’ stated plans on show at the consultation event. ‘The steeply sloping sites physically constrains any proposed development but also presents the opportunity to capitalise on the stunning views to the north and west.”

A new estate road would be designed to accommodate a potential bus route that may be implemented during a future phase of development.

It is one of seven new housing schemes announced by the council which together will result in a further 175 new affordable homes in the county by the end of 2015.

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