Housing plans for East Ord Farm are approved by county council

Outline plans to build 30 homes in East Ord have been unanimously approved by Northumberland County Council.

Thursday, 26th April 2018, 7:45 am
East Ord Farm, near Berwick.

John and Margaret Robertson want to build the properties on a greenfield site at East Ord Farm.

The scheme, discussed by the North Northumberland Local Area Council on Thursday, was recommended for approval by officers.

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

Among those was the impact of the new properties on existing services, but, as a condition of approval, the applicant will have to contribute £39,600 towards education and £17,400 for healthcare.

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These will 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 had also called for the 60mph speed limit along Rotary Wat to be reduced.

There were 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, stated: ‘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.’