Support for Berwick housing scheme

Plans for a major housing development near Highcliffe in Spittal have been unanimously supported by Berwick Town Council’s planning committee.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 22 May, 2019, 15:21
The proposed development site. Picture by Jane Coltman

Michael Guthrie Developments is planning to build 110 homes on land east of Springhill on the southern edge of the town.

The firm has submitted a reserved matters application relating to outline planning permission which was granted in 2013. The reserved matters relate to access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale.

A range of house types are proposed, including two-bedroom bungalows, three and four-bedroom houses and five-bedroom villas, many with sea views and prices starting from £170,000.

Coun Karin Graham, member for Grove ward, said: “I am all for this. There is a desperate need for housing of all sorts.

“This is going to add on to another fairly new development. The draft Neighbourhood Plan has taken this into account, so I think it’s great and I want it to go ahead.”

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Coun Gary Smith agreed and seconded Coun Graham’s movement to support it.

It is envisaged the site, close to Berwick Academy and amenities, including the leisure centre, would be developed in six phases.

It would form an extension to the existing Barley Rise development.

In February, a separate application seeking permission for the first phase of the scheme, comprising nine new detached houses, was submitted.

A final decision will be made by Northumberland County Council.