New housing at Cornhill Road set for approval

Planners are recommending that 30 new homes between East Ord and Tweedmouth should get the go-ahead.

Thursday, 21st June 2018, 06:48 am
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The application is up for approval at today’s meeting of the North Northumberland Local Area Council.

The scheme, on land west of Greenwood, off Cornhill Road, proposes four semi-detached, two-bedroom homes; 12 semi-detached, two-bedroom bungalows; six detached, three-bedroom houses; six semi-detached, three-bedroom properties; and two detached, four-bedroom dwellings.

Ord Parish Council has objected to the bid due to its proximity to Simpson’s Malt and Tweedside Trading Estate, and additional pressure on over-subscribed first schools and GP surgeries.

The county council’s housing team has requested 15 per cent affordable housing to be provided on-site, while contributions of £39,600 for education (Tweedmouth West First School is 94 per cent full) and £15,600 for GP facilities have also been sought.

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However, none of this is being asked for as part of the planning officer’s recommendation for approval, because ‘the application has been independently assessed in terms of viability which has concluded that the imposition of planning obligations would render the scheme unviable’.

Approval would, however, be subject to the successful resolution of an outstanding objection from the council’s flood team over the need for a detailed surface-water drainage strategy.

In April, outline plans to build 30 homes at East Ord Farm were unanimously approved. In contrast to the latest scheme, the parish council was supportive of this application for land north and west of Hillcrest, accessed from Rotary Way, although it did have some concerns. The applicant will have to contribute £39,600 towards education and £17,400 for healthcare. These will be secured by a legal agreement along with five affordable homes on the site and a coastal mitigation contribution of £600 per home – £18,000.