Tory Northumberland County Council previously issued a further “call for sites” – to help form the Local Plan Core Strategy, which the council said is not scheduled for adoption until 2020. Until then any land can be developed if developers appeal to central government. The draft local plan is now out for consultation and still calls for over 500 new houses in Prudhoe. For example, Highfield Lane in Prudhoe has previously been outlined by the conservative led Northumberland County Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) as a deliverable and developable site.

Labour Prudhoe Town councillors believe that what is needed in Prudhoe is more affordable housing; maybe something along the lines of a ground breaking development in Bristol where the labour council has organised a development with a housing association, a community investment company and a private investor, who have come together to create a single housing scheme.

Out of 161 homes in the Bristol Scheme;

  • 77 will be available as affordable rented homes or as affordable joint ownership schemes,
  • 61 will be ‘ethically rented’ as homes for key workers such as nurses and teachers on a rent to buy scheme and only
  • 23 will be sold in the conventional way.

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