VILLAGE MEADOWS DEVELOPMENT – PARISH OBJECTS

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Planning Application – Ref: 21/04136/FUL : Residential development of grazing land as Village Meadows Phase 2, comprising 4 bungalows and 12 houses, and including roads, servicing and associated works. Land south of Village Meadows (phase 2), South Road, Lowick.

The Parish Council objected to this application and have asked for it to be discussed by the full planning committee, so that it can present its case

  • The proposed development is outside the draft Neighbourhood Plan boundary – COVID has held up the plans and Northumberland County Council have taken so long over the assessment it hasn’t yet been adopted.
  • 36 homes already have planning permission and extra development would over-stretch the facilities in the village.
  • The Neighbourhood plan proposed to leave open space for recreational facilities
  • The development would break up the openness from the Common
  • There’s still a problem arising from the current development over the footpath which is not up to standard
  • The proposal is not respectful of the heritage of the area
  • This is a permanent greenfield site and the company has planning permission to develop brownfield sites
  • Affordable housing could still be too much for local people on low wages and no provision is made for homes for rent
  • The Neighbourhood Plan would no longer be relevant if planning permission is given
  • A member of the public present at the meeting expressed concerns about the drainage – during recent heavy rain raw sewage came up through the drains, and suggested that the dry stone wall should be reinstated.
  • The traffic flow at an already busy road junction would be increased

Parish Councillors also requested a site visit before a decision is made on the application

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