Spittal Point plan recommended for approval

A major housing development in Berwick will be back before councillors next week with the applicant seeking to vary conditions so that the scheme can be built in phases.

Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 2:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 2:14 pm
Spittal Point.

An application by Royal Carlton Estates, owned by Berwick businessman William Leith, to build 136 homes and commercial space at Spittal Point was first lodged almost a decade ago and the planning permission granted in 2014 has a condition that the development starts within five years.

As with any planning approval, a number of other conditions were attached, but a bid to alter 11 of them – related to the likes of surface water, archaeology, bus-stop improvements and works to North Greenwich Road – was submitted earlier this year so that the development can be phased.

The application explains that ‘it would allow an incremental approach to the development so that the potentially large financial outlays required in order to discharge the conditions can be apportioned in each phase’.

The proposed changes have not sparked any objections, but Coun Georgina Hill, who represents Berwick East, called in the application ‘due to significant public interest in the site and potential for meaningful regeneration’.

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Therefore, a decision will be made by Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee at its meeting next Tuesday, where the scheme is recommended for approval.

Town councillors in Berwick had originally called for it to be discussed at a public meeting, but this was dropped following discussions between the planning officer and the town clerk.

Ben O’Connell , Local Democracy Reporting Service