Permission is being sought for more new homes near Ponteland.

An outline bid for 13 detached properties on land north of North View Farm, in Medburn, has been lodged with Northumberland County Council.

It is the latest in a series of applications in the hamlet, to the south-west of Ponteland, which have left county councillors frustrated at their inability to limit further development, despite major concerns about the state of The Avenue, an unadopted private road.

The new proposal is for a mixture of four to six-bedroom houses of two and three storeys.

A design and access statement said that the applicant felt maintenance of The Avenue was ‘of paramount importance’ and it is proposed that “purchasers of each dwelling should contribute a percentage of the purchase price of their home to the maintenance of the road.”

The statement reads: “This should be agreed with the local authority and local residents. Funds should be deposited into a ring-fenced bank account used solely for contributions by new and existing residents, managed by an existing or newly-formed estates committee.”

Medburn has seen approval for 40 new homes off The Avenue in the past two years, while in March, 62 new family homes were approved.