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Home Group Withdraw from County Hall Site Application

by David Woodard on 20 April, 2017

It has today been confirmed by the County Council Chief Executive, Steven Mason, that Home Group have withdrawn from the planning application to build new homes on the County Hall site. However, Mr Mason knows nothing about any changes regarding the retail park application by Maple Grove. It will be interesting to see what happens […]

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Labour’s budget document is 230 pages long and has 14 appendices. Tucked away in Appendix 9 there is one line that says, without any further explanation, ‘Alnwick Garden project contribution £8.5million.’ Jeff Reid, leader of the Lib Dems on Northumberland County Council has queried this item with the Chief Executive. He was told that the […]

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A 93.4% Referendum vote for the Neighbourhood Plan

by David Woodard on 26 February, 2016

4,099 electors from Morpeth, Pegswood, Hebron, Hepscott and Mitford yesterday voted ‘Yes’ to support the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan. 283 electors voted ‘No’. The turnout was 29.5%, much higher than was expected for a local referendum. Click here for the official Declaration of Result of Poll. Residents now have a plan for this area that will […]

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Controversial plan for more houses in Morpeth refused

by David Woodard on 3 November, 2015

At a meeting this afternoon county councillors refused outline permission for a housing development of up to 255 houses west of Lancaster Park in Morpeth. The reasons for refusal given by the case officer in his report were as follows 1. The housing development would represent non-essential and unjustified development in the open countryside outside […]

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Labour’s ill thought out plans for a new County HQ

by David Woodard on 14 April, 2015

Over a year ago Northumberland County Council’s Labour administration announced a plan to build a new HQ in Ashington town centre at a cost of £20million and move staff out of the current County Hall building in Morpeth. It was said this would help to regenerate Ashington town centre. More than a decade ago Castle […]

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Lib Dem victory on the Bedroom Tax

by David Woodard on 6 September, 2014

Yesterday Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George successfully moved, in a Private Members Bill, the Affordable Homes Bill. 52 Lib Dem MPs voted for it. It was carried by a majority of 37 (304 to 267) with full Labour support. 70 Tory MPs failed to turn up. The Northumberland County Council Lib Dem Group has been […]

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Development Deluge – Letter to the Morpeth Herald

by David Woodard on 30 July, 2014

I am Pegswood Parish Council’s representative on the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and I fully support the following letter. Dear Editor Thank you for your coverage of the “development deluge” (Herald 24th July) which is threatening the character and integrity of Morpeth. I’ve heard one person comment that without a Plan to ensure coherent, […]

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More than one thousand new houses for Morpeth?

by David Woodard on 19 July, 2014

On Thursday 17 July 2014 a planning application by Persimmon Homes for 255 houses south west of Northgate hospital was considered by Northumberland’s north area planning committee. The committee heard from objectors that, • The increased discharge of storm and treated sewerage into the Cotting Burn would pose an increased flood risk to properties in […]

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In May and June of last year many people, me included, were very critical of the standard of grass cutting in Pegswood. The culprit was ISOS the housing association. It had appointed a new contractor to cut the grass on land in their ownership. But the grass was not cut early enough in the season […]

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