Controversial housing plan set for green light.
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CONTROVERSIAL plans for hundreds of new homes at a Northumberland village look set to be approved.
Developer Barratt is seeking to build 285 properties at New Hartley, near Seaton Delaval.
The firm withdrew its initial scheme in December 2014 after Northumberland County Council's officers said there was insufficient affordable housing.
the development Barratt Developments has now resubmitted the plans and said the scheme would create 440 construction jobs and generate PS55m for the North East economy.
would increase the village size by 45 per cent MP Ronnie Campbell The latest proposals have been met by 803 objections, including from Seaton Valley Parish Council and Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell. But despite the opposition, planning officers have recommended the application for approval.
Mr Campbell said: "The development would increase the village size by 45 per cent, therefore making it unsustainable within the current facilities and infrastructure.
"I am particularly concerned regarding the one-way system that currently operates in the village.
"If such a project were to proceed I feel this would encroach on the lives of the residents of New Hartley."
Objectors raised a number of issues including the scheme would increase the risk of flooding, the roads would be overloaded and it would effect the character of the village.
The proposals include a mix of 69 two bed, 153 three-bed and 63 fourbedroom properties.
The scheme also includes the construction of a new wildlife zone on the site.
Barratt Homes' North East development director Neil Milburn said: "Barratt Homes remains committed to delivering a fantastic development, which shall provide a long lasting legacy everyone involved can be proud of.
"Over the life of the project, the New Hartley development would support 440 direct construction jobs and an additional 614 indirect jobs.
"It would also generate PS35m in construction costs and PS55m in total for the North East economy, as well as raising PS4m in council tax receipts.
"Our proposal also includes providing 29 affordable rent and 14 discounted market sale properties, as well as a seven-acre wildlife zone, for residents and the community to enjoy."
In the council report, officers said that the impact on existing residents was not considered significant enough to refuse the plans.
The application will be discussed at the council's strategic planning committee meeting tomorrow.
The development would increase the village size by 45 per centMP Ronnie Campbell
Artist's impression of new proposed homes at New Hartley
<BBlyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell is opposed to the development
Villagers in New Hartley, Northumberland, protest against proposals for 285 new Barratt homes on the edge of their village