Ex­tra 900 homes for new es­tate

The Chronicle - - News - By DANIEL HOLLAND Lo­cal democ­racy re­porter [email protected]­plc.com @dan­hol­land­news Coun­cil­lor Ged Bell

AN­OTHER 900 homes are set to be built at a huge hous­ing site in the west of New­cas­tle.

Coun­cil bosses gave their ap­proval yesterday for the lat­est stage of the Caller­ton Park de­vel­op­ment to go ahead.

House builders were given the green light to be­gin build­ing the first 500 homes at the site last week – two years af­ter a 3,000-home mas­ter­plan for the area was adopted, de­spite be­ing la­belled a “dis­as­ter” for the green belt.

And, at a New­cas­tle City Coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee meet­ing yesterday morn­ing, Bell­way Homes won per­mis­sion to start work on 198 homes at the Lower Caller­ton sec­tion of the site, west of North Wal­bot­tle Road and ei­ther side of the A69.

Out­line ap­proval was also granted for a fur­ther 702 houses, which will re­quire a more de­tailed plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to be agreed in the fu­ture.

This sec­tion of the Caller­ton de­vel­op­ment will also in­clude a re­tail area and a new foot­bridge over the A69.

Caller­ton was re­moved from the green belt in 2015, in an ef­fort to meet the city’s grow­ing hous­ing needs.

Coun Marion Wil­liams told the plan­ning com­mit­tee that the dam­age to the green belt “had al­ready been done” by open­ing the land up for de­vel­op­ment, so this lat­est hous­ing plan had to be deemed ac­cept­able.

The coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for em­ploy­ment, Coun Ged Bell, said: “New­cas­tle is very much a city that is on the up as more and more peo­ple want to live here. If we are to sus­tain that growth its crit­i­cal we have the nec­es­sary hous­ing that en­ables peo­ple to set­tle here and raise their fam­i­lies – this de­vel­op­ment at Lower Caller­ton will pro­vide that.

“A range of ex­tra ben­e­fits will also be pro­vided as part of the ap­pli­ca­tion, such as £1m of road improvements, 15% of af­ford­able hous­ing, al­lot­ments and a sub­sidised bus ser­vice.

“These will all help cre­ate a new com­mu­nity that will be sus­tain­able for gen­er­a­tions and con­trib­ute to the re­gion’s econ­omy.”

There were 18 ob­jec­tions to the plans, in­clud­ing some from Save New­cas­tle Wildlife and the Bri­tish Horse So­ci­ety. Con­cerns were raised over the num­ber of homes al­lo­cated for the 72-hectare patch of land in­creas­ing from the orig­i­nal 800, while some ar­gued that there will be “no ben­e­fits to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties”.

To help the sur­round­ing area cope with the de­mands of a huge in­flux of new res­i­dents, the de­vel­oper has agreed to give £3.7m to nearby pri­mary schools, £1m to im­prove vi­tal road junc­tions, £292,000 to lo­cal health­care ser­vices, £886,500 to a new sports hub de­vel­op­ment at Bul­lock­steads, and £816,876 to­wards a sub­sidised bus ser­vice.

A range of ex­tra ben­e­fits will also be pro­vided as part of the ap­pli­ca­tion

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