Outline permission was won in 2016. Credit: Persimmon

Persimmon victorious with Morpeth appeal

Following a Planning Inspector’s decision, 150 homes can be built by the firm next to the Lancaster Park estate.

With outline consent already established, to the west of the existing Lancaster Park housing, York-headquartered Persimmon can now proceed – subject to completing a deal to acquire the site.

Outline planning persimmon was granted by Northumberland County Council in 2016.

However, Persimmon’s reserved matters application was refused by the local authority’s strategic planning committee in autumn 2022.

Should the housebuilder complete its acquisition of the land, a mix of homes would be provided ranging from bungalows through to four- and five-bedroom properties.

Persimmon said that 30% of the new homes would be transferred to a housing association or registered provider of social housing.

Residents would benefit from public areas of green space across the development and will also have easy access to a new countryside park being developed on land to the south, the firm added.

The proposals include green space. Credit: Persimmon

As part of the agreement with the local authority, Persimmon would contribute £200,000 to local education provision as well as an annual bus subsidy to help pay for a new local bus service.

Plans from Euro Garages for a new nearby service station, hotel and offices were approved by the Planning Inspectorate last year, having been knocked back at the same 2022 committee. Lancaster Park residents have been opposing development to the west of the built-up area for close to a decade.

Richard Cook, land director of Persimmon North East, said; “We’re pleased to have been granted planning approval so we can continue to progress these exciting plans.

“We’re working to secure the land needed for the development and hope to be able to provide an update in due course.”

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It’s outrageous that this development has been given the go ahead, there is no need for more new houses in Morpeth obviously the pounds count and not the town ot it’s people who are all fed up with the continuous building of new estates and the disruption to local life. Sadly the loss of green belt land and destruction to our echo system, the trees felled, which provide habitat to 35 species including birds, these majestic wonders of the biological world take carbon monoxide and release oxygen into our atmosphere. Not with standing the lost fields and ancient woods the corridors of our beautiful wildlife are being pushed so far there is know where for them to go. Persimmons a Yorkshire company should go destroy their boundless areas of natural beauty instead of destroying our environment, enough is enough

By Malcolm pannifer

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