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Northumberland housing project delayed as flood issues investigated

General - Flood-Victims

Planning approval for a nine home development in Northumberland has been deferred due to surface water issues on the site.

The development would see nine homes built on a sawmill in Kirkley. The project’s planning application confirms a small part of the site lies within a floodplain. Neighbouring residents have also raised concerns regarding the greater flood risk from surface water discharges due to the development.

According to the Morpeth Herald, planning officers originally recommended approval for the project, but members of the Castle Morpeth Local Area Council decided they would rather defer the decision "to make sure these issues are fully thrashed out first."

A six-week deferral with a site visit is to be carried out before the application is brought back to committee, was unanimously approved at a meeting earlier this month.

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