December 11, 2014 | Brenkley News
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Local residents have given a generally positive response to outline plans for a new housing development in East Cramlington.
Around 60 people attended a community event set up by North East employer Banks Property to introduce its proposed Chapel View residential scheme, which would sit on an eight hectare site to the south of the B1326 and the east of the A189.
The scheme would include approximately 200 two-storey homes for families and first time buyers, as well as areas of informal green space, and would sit to the east of Cramlington’s new specialist Emergency Care Hospital, which is scheduled to open next summer.
As well as answering visitors’ questions about their proposals, the Banks project team used the event, which was held adjacent to the proposed Chapel View development, to gather further ideas from local people and community leaders on how East Cramlington might derive maximum economic, environmental and social benefits from the overall development package.
Ideas that have been put forward so far include making improvements to local footpaths and cycleways, improving local recreational and play areas for children and introducing new traffic calming measures.
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, says: “We set up our exhibition trailer in East Cramlington to make it easy for local people to come to meet us and to talk about our plans, and we’re very pleased with both the number of people who did just that, and with the generally positive response that we had from them about what we’re looking to do in their community.
“We were able to provide lots of information in response to visitors’ questions, and also heard some interesting new ideas from local people about how the Chapel View development might help us improve their local area. We’ll be taking all these ideas in to account as we finalise the detail of our scheme design.”
The Chapel View project is being designed to bring a range of economic, employment, environmental, supply chain and social benefits to the local area, which would follow on from the £800,000 of funding provided by the Banks Community Fund to local groups and good causes in Northumberland over the last decade.
The Banks Group is one of Northumberland’s largest private sector employers, with around 200 people employed at the nearby Shotton and Brenkley Lane surface mines. The Durham-headquartered family business has worked in the area for more than three decades, and its local operations contribute around £35m to the regional economy every year through wages, investments and the local supply chain.
Mark Dowdall continues: “There is a clear and increasingly pressing need across the North East to boost the available supply of quality homes, and we firmly believe that families and older people across our region should have the opportunity to live in the places where they grew up or where they wish to be.
“The Chapel View development already has excellent road and sustainable transport links, would be designed to complement existing residential development within the local community, and is located in an area where we are certain there will be strong demand for the type of high quality housing that we are proposing.
A planning application for the Chapel View development is expected to be submitted to Northumberland County Council before the end of the year.