Spittal Point development could be phased

Town councillors have called for a public meeting to discuss the planned redevelopment of Spittal Point.

Friday, 23rd February 2018, 5:58 am
Spittal Point in Berwick.

Royal Carlton Estates, owned by Berwick businessman William Leith, have a long-established planning permission to build 136 homes on the site.

However, an application has now been lodged to discharge a number of conditions attached to the 2009 planning permission.

In the application, an agent acting on behalf of Royal Carlton Estates explains: ‘This would allow an incremental approach to the development so that the potentially large financial outlays required in order to discharge the conditions can be aportioned in each phase’.

Planning permission was last renewed in 2014 with a condition that development begins within five years.

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Coun Georgina Hill, member for Berwick East on Northumberland County Council, has called in the application for discussion by committee ‘due to the scale of the plan and its importance to local regeneration’.

Berwick Town Council’s planning committee called for a public meeting.

Coun Ivor Dixon, member for Lower Spittal, said: “I welcome the proposed development but there’s a long way to go.

“I think we should open up the village hall and let the people of Spittal see the plans and what impact it will have. They need to see some detail.

“I know 136 houses is a lot for Spittal but the area has been derelict for so many years and needs a facelift.

“I know the school is full to capacity already but we only have one shop and the pubs are quiet. It has the potential to help Spittal but we have to be careful.”

Coun Anne Forbes added: “I think we should welcome this. We have a problem in Berwick with so many homes that aren’t fit for purpose. I think these would fill up very quickly.”