1000 homes now proposed for Amble
Six months after the announcement in October of a 500 home development off Acklington Road, Amble is wooed by three new developments, which would take the total of proposed new housing in the area to over 1000.
At the end of February, plans were announced by planning agency Barton Willmore, on behalf of Warwickshire-based developers Cheviot Holdings, for a development on land at Percy Drive, which The Ambler understands to be for 250 properties.
Less than a week later, Arch, the development company owned by Northumberland County Council, disclosed their plans to create 51 houses on Coquet Enterprise Park.
And hot on their heels, comes the announcement of a third development, this location is south of the Persimmon development, on the A1068, approaching the fish roundabout. This development is also submitted by Cheviot Holdings. The Ambler understands the number of proposed properties is to be 200.
The public are invited to view the plans for each of these developments. The events will be held as follows:
• Coquet Enterprise Park. Arch: Monday 6 March, 2pm – 7pm, at Fourways2 (Top Floor)
• Land at Percy Drive. Barton Willmore on behalf of Cheviot Holdings Ltd: Thursday 9 March, 3pm – 7pm at The Old Storehouse
• Hauxley View, (land south of Persimmon development). Barton Willmore on behalf of Cheviot Holdings Ltd: Thursday 16 March, 3pm – 7pm at Amble Masonic Hall.
Why is there an increase in housing development?
The government’s policy is to build more houses, and every council must therefore develop a strategic plan to adhere to that.
Northumberland County Council’s Core Strategy document says Amble has sufficient capacity to accommodate 600 new homes between now and 2031. The plan across the county is to deliver 24,000 houses throughout Northumberland between 2011 and 2031.
These three new proposals for Amble would total 500 new properties, which, in addition to the 500 announced in October 2016, brings the number of proposed houses to 1000.
The 500 house development by Hindhaugh Homes last autumn, drew mixed opinions, with most concerns centering around the town’s capacity to meet the needs of the existing population, specifically regarding access to doctors and local schools’ capacity.
A petition was launched to protest at the increased traffic on Acklington Road which it was feared would add to existing congestion.
However others believed that the plans could bring positive benefits to the town, as an increase in population could bring benefit to local businesses.