Council recommends approval of plans for 30 homes in East Ord

Outline plans for 30 new homes in East Ord are poised to get the green light from councillors today.

Thursday, 19th April 2018, 06:53 am
East Ord Farm, near Berwick.

John and Margaret Robertson want permission to develop a greenfield site at East Ord Farm.

Ord Parish Council is supportive of the application for land north and west of Hillcrest, accessed from the A698 (Rotary Way), although it has raised a number of points and concerns.

Among these is the impact of the new properties on existing services, but, if approved, the applicant would have to contribute £39,600 towards education and £17,400 for healthcare. These would be secured by a section 106 legal agreement along with five affordable homes on the site (15 per cent) and a coastal mitigation contribution of £600 per home – a total of £18,000.

It also calls for the access sight-lines to be improved and the speed limit on Rotary Way to be reduced from 60mph as there will additional traffic entering and exiting the new housing development.

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The county highways department has raised no objection.

There have been three objections from local residents citing concerns about loss of countryside, over-development, impact on privacy and traffic.

Three letters of support were also received welcoming affordable housing and the economic benefits associated with new housing.

Planning officer Ragu Sittambalam, in a report to members, states: ‘The proposal seeks to develop agricultural land that is bound by existing residential development on the edge but well contained within the settlement.

‘It is considered that residential development in this location would provide a positive contribution to the sustainability of East Ord. Notwithstanding the current operations of the site, the proposed land use would be compatible; in a location that would support new residential development.’