Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Duke's Bid for Hundreds of Homes Given Go-Ahead

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Duke's Bid for Hundreds of Homes Given Go-Ahead

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Byline: Brian Daniel Reporter

THE Duke of Northumberland's fiercely opposed plans to build more than 200 houses in his home town have been given the green light.

The duke's bid for 213 homes at Alnwick has been approved by Northumberland County Council despite 19 letters of objection.

The scheme is linked to a development for 58 apartments for the elderly, which has also been given the go-ahead.

Northumberland Estates' application sought outline permission for the change of use of land at Greens-field to cater for the homes.

It attracted objections from residents based on impact of the development on the amenities of neighbouring properties, highway and parking issues and the risk of surface water or fluvial flooding.

Fears were also raised over the impact on the character of the area, size, scale and impact on infrastructure, loss of views, loss of trees and hedgerows and impact on ecology. Alnwick Town Council voiced concerns over access and traffic volume, and green space.

The county council's conservation department also lodged objections while the authority's education team gave its support. The council's North area planning committee was being advised to approve subject to the completion of an agreement to secure 30% affordable housing, a contribution to off-site sport and recreation facilities and a contribution towards infrastructure.

The committee has now given approval at its latest meeting. A statement from the estates said: "The Northumberland Estates welcomed the approval of plans for a new residential and care development to the South of Alnwick.

"The development is a response to demand for high quality private and affordable housing in Alnwick and will provide new homes in Alnwick for the next five to seven years. This will help to both stimulate economic development in the town and provide affordable homes for young people, larger family housing and accessible accommodation for the elderly. …

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