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Former factory housing scheme set for green light

Former factory housing scheme set for green light

Proposals for the redevelopment of the former Marley Tiles Factory in Consett to provide a residential development of 105 houses look set to be given the green light.

Bellway Homes submitted the proposals to Northumberland County Council, outlining plans for 105 units, with 18 allocated for affordable housing. The scheme comprises of semi-detached and detached houses, with a mixture of two, three and four bedrooms.

The site is located within the green belt, with vehicular access taken from Lead Lane. The site is surrounded by existing woodland to its north, east and part southern boundaries which is designated as Ancient Woodland.

The applicant has provided a proposed phasing plan, which sets out that the first phase would comprise a development of 25 dwellings on the upper area of hard standing to the north-west of the site with associated access and drainage works; the second phase would be the demolition of the existing buildings to the south-western part of the site and construction of 40 dwellings; followed by the development of 40 dwellings on the area of hardstanding at a lower level to the north-eastern part of the site.

It is estimated that the scheme would supporting 35 temporary direct construction jobs and 50 indirect/induced jobs in the supply chain and related services per annum of the four year build period, delivering £4.1m of gross value added throughout the construction period, with a construction value of £15.1m.

A report to be scrutinised by the strategic planning committee recommends that the plans be given the green light, subject to conditions.

It said: “The comprehensive redevelopment of the site would include the removal of industrial buildings in a rural setting and provide an opportunity for enhanced landscaping and the improvement of the overall visual amenity of the area.”

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