Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MP Raps Homes Plan for Village as 'Too Big'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MP Raps Homes Plan for Village as 'Too Big'

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Byline: Brian Daniel Reporter

AN MP has echoed concerns over a possible 240 new homes at an upmarket Northumberland community, claiming the development would be "simply too large." As previously reported by The Journal, Gladman Developments is working on plans for 237 houses on land off Milkwell Lane, Corbridge, a third of which would be affordable for local people.

A planning application has yet to be submitted but the company has begun public consultation with 1,125 leaflets delivered to homes and businesses seeking feedback, organisations and groups invited to give views, an exhibition held and a public meeting. On the back of the meeting, Corbridge Parish Council Maurice Hodgson raised concerns about whether the village's infrastructure could cope with so many new homes in terms of the impacts on traffic, parking, water and sewerage networks, and health facilities.

He called for Northumberland County Council to invest in that infrastructure before allowing hundreds of homes to be built, and claimed too much development could impact on the village's value to visitors.

Hexham MP Guy Opperman has now echoed Coun Hodgson's concerns.

He said: "I am very concerned that number of houses is simply too large of a development for the village. Serious consideration needs to be given to whether Corbridge's infrastructure could cope. I seriously doubt it could.

"There are also clearly issues with access and traffic movements, especially with the increased number of cars such a large scale development would lead to.

"The important thing now is that Corbridge residents have their voices heard and I will pass any concerns on direct to planning officers ahead of any prospective application so they are fully aware of the issues raised."

Gladman's leaflet says: "Every council is required by the government to boost significantly the supply of housing and to make planning decisions in the light of a presumption in favour of sustainable development. …

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