Housing plans for former school site

Plans for 33 homes on the site of the former school in Milfield have been lodged.

Thursday, 21st December 2017, 10:51 am
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The application was submitted by Gateshead-based affordable housing specialists Gleeson Regeneration Ltd last month but has recently been amended.

It wants to build 22 three-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes and 11 two-bedroom semi-detached properties on the site, which it has agreed to purchase from Northumberland County Council to develop it for residential use.

The majority of the proposed homes are starter homes aimed at low income families/first-time buyers.

In a report accompanying the application, Chris Dodds, of Gleeson, states: ‘The site is situated within a long-established residential neighbourhood that is within easy reach of a range of community facilities and which is also easily accessible.

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‘The site clearly represents an opportunity for redevelopment. Its current status and position within a residential neighbourhood suggests that a new-build housing scheme is an appropriate form of development for this location.

‘It has also been confirmed by the local planning authority that the principle of the demolition of existing buildings for a residential scheme would be acceptable.’

There have been five objections from local residents raising concerns about traffic congestion, parking problems, archaeological issues and inaccurate information in the application.

Milfield Parish Council is not opposed to redevelopment of the site but has expressed concern at the lack of pre-application consultation. It also felt the style of housing was out of character for the village and questioned the level of demand.

The school closed in 2009.