Homes 'Not Needed' Villagers Still Opposed to Developments as Plans to Go before Councillors

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Byline: Brian Daniel? 07733 002 822 ? brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk

PLANS from the Duke of Northumberland's business venture for major developments in three county villages will go before councillors tomorrow night.

Northumberland Estates is behind schemes at Shilbottle, Warkworth and Lesbury which will be considered by Northumberland County Council planners.

The projects include almost 130 homes - some affordable - and in the case of Shilbottle, the creation of a doctors' surgery and business units.

Hundreds of people have signed petitions or written letters opposing the various schemes, with one community leader at Shilbottle last night claiming the village has been overdeveloped and does not need the number of new homes.

The applications are all going before councillors so that site visits can be arranged ahead of them being determined.

At Shilbottle, the organisation is proposing 47 new homes, including 14 affordable properties, a doctors' surgery and start-up business units on land south of Grange Road.

To date, 29 letters of objection have been lodged with the council along with two petitions against the proposal, one with 133 signatures and the other with 250.

Elisabeth Haddow, vice-chairman of Shilbottle Parish Council, set up one of the petitions in the village post office, which she runs, at the request of the parish.

Coun Haddow said the parish has concerns over drainage and the number of homes in a village which has grown from 600 properties to 800 in recent years.

She added: "Shilbottle has had more than its fair share, it is a village not a town - 200 houses against 600 is 33%, that percentage is extremely high.

"Now they are going to inflict more upon us. We are totally against what they are doing at the moment."

The estates has two linked schemes on the table at Warkworth. …