East Ord housing scheme planned

A proposed housing scheme on the edge of Berwick is expected to be lodged early in the new year.

Friday, 15th December 2017, 06:20 am
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Plans are being drawn up for around 30 family homes at East Ord Farm.

Landowner Margaret Robertson said: “We feel it’s a site that is crying out to be developed but we want to do it right.”

The views of local residents are therefore wanted so they can be taken into account before the plans are submitted.

“They’re quite large plots and we’re not looking to cram the houses in,” said Margaret.

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“We want it to be in keeping with the rest of the village.”

Margaret and husband John failed to get planning permission for a 36-home development on the site in 2001. Those plans were rejected by Berwick Borough Council and, on appeal, by a Government planning inspector.

Tim Ferguson, director of Ferguson Planning, who is working on the scheme for the Robertsons, said: “A proposal for approximately 30 residential dwellings on lands at East Ord Farm is currently at the pre-application stage. It will include open space/play area and pedestrian access to the heart of the village. It represents a reduction on a previous application and has sought to take vehicle access away from the main East Ord road.

“The lands in question fall within the East Ord settlement boundary and considered a suitable infill development in planning terms. We have met with the parish council and will continue to listen and try take on board comments of local people prior to the submission of the planning application which is expected early in the new year.”

There was a large turn out at Ord Parish Council’s meeting last Monday when indicative plans were tabled.

A follow-up meeting will be held once the plans are submitted to Northumberland County Council.

Parish clerk Isabel Hunter said the council could not comment until the plans are lodged.

However, the council has previously raised concerns about the number of planned housing developments around the village.

Comments can be emailed to tim@fergusonplanning.co.uk before December 24.