Spittal Point scheme to go before council
Plans for a phased development of Spittal Point will be discussed by Northumberland County Council next month.
Royal Carlton Estates, owned by Berwick businessman William Leith, has a long-established planning permission to build 136 homes on the site.
Last month, an application was lodged to discharge a number of conditions attached to the 2009 planning permission which, the developer says, would allow an incremental approach so that the potentially large financial outlays required can be aportioned.
Coun Georgina Hill, member for Berwick East on the county council, called in the application for discussion by committee because of its importance to local regeneration.
It was originally thought this would happen at the north Northumberland local area council meeting in Berwick today but, due to its scale, it will instead be heard at the strategic planning committee meeting in Morpeth on April 3.
Coun Hill said: “The reason I’ve called it in is that Spittal Point is hugely important to the regeneration of the area.
“I certainly think the site is such a benefit that potentially it would be a shame if it was just housing.
“That’s why I felt it was important to have it discussed by a committee.”
Local resident Brian Darling, speaking at a meeting of Berwick Town Council’s planning committee, added: “Spittal Point has been identified as one of the two primary sites in leading the town forward. This argument was put forward by Mr Leith himself at a previous meeting but he’s been sitting on it for years which I think is an absolute joke.
“If you split this site into zones what will happen is that he will develop the three high-rise blocks proud of the chimney because that’s where the money is and the other sites will get left for a long period of time.”
Planning permission for five years was last renewed in 2014.
Berwick Town Council’s planning committee has called for a public meeting.