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1,600-home application submitted in Northumberland

Words: Laura Edgar
Part of Arcott Woods' final master plan

An outline planning application has been submitted to North Tyneside Council for 1,600 homes to complete the new town of Cramlington, Northumberland.

The application, submitted on behalf of Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes by Barton Willmore for Artcot Woods, also includes plans for a primary school, a pub, car home, sheltered housing, a community centre and a health centre.

The development, eight miles north of Newcastle, will be the final section of Cramlington New Town, which was first established in the 1960s.

It is hoped that the plans will help to support the new town’s development as “one of the most sustainable and accessible towns in Northumberland with carefully thought-out design and much better transport connectivity”.

Martyn Earle, associate at Barton Willmore’s Newcastle office, said the master plan is a testament to the success of the new towns and garden cities idea, on which the development was originally based. This has also formed the basis of this new south-west sector.

Earle said: “The master plan proposals will see the culmination of a 30-year process, finally realising the development of Cramlington New Towns South-West sector.

“Care has been taken to integrate the development with its surroundings and to ensure a locally sympathetic design that respects the nearby Arcot Hall and the ecological Site Special Scientific Interest through the landscape and drainage strategy.”

The original Cramlington master plan was divided into four quarters, three of which – south-east, north-east and south-west sectors – were designated primarily for residential development whereas the north-west sector was set aside for industrial development.

The other sectors are nearly complete, and it is expected that the south-west sector will eventually accommodate 3,150 dwellings.