Plans approved for 900 homes on part-green belt Newcastle site

Plans have been approved for 900 homes on a 72 hectare site partly within the green belt on the edge of Newcastle.

An artist's impression of plans for Lower Callerton.
An artist's impression of plans for Lower Callerton.

Housebuilder Bellway Homes submitted a hybrid application to Newcastle City Council for the scheme, which is proposed for a site at Lower Callerton. 

The application comprised detailed plans for 198 homes and outline plans for a further development of up to 702 homes, plus a footbridge, local centre, and allotments.

According to a planning report, the plans solicited 16 objections, whose concerns included the site’s partial location in the green belt, the impact on local roads and services, and potential damage to the environment.

However, the report said the site is allocated for the development of 800 homes in the council’s core strategy and is the subject of a masterplan for the wider area, adopted in October 2016.

Noting the proposed scheme comprises 900 homes, officers advised: "Whilst this represents a notable rise in numbers the principle of such is not unacceptable."

Officers also noted the proposed scheme comprises 75 per cent family homes and is expected to provide retail and community space, as outlined in the core strategy.

"It is considered that the principle of developing this site for housing is in accordance with its allocation within the core strategy," they wrote.

Proposed ecological mitigation areas, a sustainable urban drainage system, and a footbridge over the A69 would all be located within the green belt, the report said. 

Officers advised that the benefits offered by the footbridge meant it meets the criteria for "very special circumstances" allowing development in the green belt.

They also regarded the ecological mitigation areas and the sustainable urban drainage system to "preserve the openness of the green belt".

Overall, officers concluded: "The application would deliver a comprehensive form of development, providing access to a range of family housing within the city.

"All impacts arising from the development, including noise, amenity, open space, archaeological and highway safety aspects of the access road have been considered and are found to be acceptable subject to conditions and securing as part of a section 106 agreement."

Newcastle councillors will soon consider outline plans for up to 1,500 homes and 10,605 square metres of commercial space on the banks of the river Tyne.

Councillors in nearby Gateshead recently approved plans for 582 homes on a former green belt site at the edge of the city.


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