News: 20 July 2016Long awaited plans for Cramlington get green light

PLANS to build 480 homes and a 40 bed care home in Cramlington have taken a major step forward following the granting of planning permission to developers Leebell Developments Ltd.

Planning and design consultants Barton Willmore supported the joint venture – formed by Persimmon and Bellway – to secure outline planning permission for the Centre Point site, north of Station Road.

It is the latest step forward for the site which was originally included in the 1999 Blyth Local Plan and formed part of the original masterplan for Cramlington New Town in 1963.

Northumberland County Council’s recent draft Local Plan set out a strategy to bring economic and housing growth to Cramlington over the next 15 years.

Developers say the Centre Point plans – which include a mixture of two, three and four bedroom properties – will do just that.

Marytn Earle, associate planner at Barton Willmore, said: “It’s fantastic to see these long awaited plans for Cramlington come to fruition.

“Centre Point marks another chapter in the story of Cramlington’s growth as a new town, and it will bring quality housing where it is much needed in the area.

“Northumberland County Council’s Local Plan calls for housing that will attract inward investment to the town and this development will play a major part in that strategy.”

Leebell’s plans include a proposed 40 bed care home, which will now be marketed to prospective operators over the coming months alongside detailed plans.

The 17 hectare site will be supported by road improvements opposite nearby Cramlington Station.

New homes will be in close proximity to bus and rail routes, along with a wealth of shopping opportunities – including Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure Centre.

James Hall, partner at Barton Willmore, said: “We agree with our clients that this must be one of the most sustainable sites in the region given its proximity to rail, road and bus routes as well as shops and services.”

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