Callerton is classed as a neighbourhood growth area. Credit: Persimmon

Plans in for 1,600 Newcastle homes

Housebuilders Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey are seeking full consent for an initial phase of 394 homes, along with a spine road.

Outline permission is sought for the remaining 1,200 homes within the Upper Callerton area. Other housing has already been approved for Middle Callerton, with 1,150 homes plotted; and Lower Callerton, where Bellway is advancing 900 homes.

The Upper Callerton masterplan area includes the development of a two-form entry primary school and retail centre, along with landscaping and public open spaces. The site lies to the west of Newcastle, and is accessible from the A696.

Although the plans have attracted opposition, the site is allocated for housing within Newcastle’s Local Plan, with Callerton mapped out as a Neighbourhood Growth Area. It was removed from the area’s green belt in 2015.

In a 2016 document, the council mapped out a design code for Callerton, with the firms listed as contributing including Bellway, CEG, The Northumberland Estate, O’Neill & Wright, POD and Lichfields.

Persimmon said that a minimum of 75% of the homers will be targeted at families. The developer added that the site will have “excellent cycle and pedestrian links” to encourage active travel. The application follows a consultation process held last year.

Richard Cook, land director for Persimmon North East, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Newcastle City Council on the exciting plans for Upper Callerton.

“This site was selected as an integral part of the Callerton Neighbourhood Growth Area and will provide a range of quality new homes alongside local amenities and primary school set amongst significant areas of public open spaces.

“We look forward to working with the Council, local residents and stakeholders to progress these exciting plans supporting the Council’s ambition to create greater choice for homebuyers and build more sustainable communities.”

Having only just been submitted, the application is not yet available to view no Newcastle City Council’s planning portal.

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