A DEVELOPER hopes to build 17 new homes in Wark which he says will help the village thrive.

Outline planning permission has been submitted to Northumberland County Council for 17 two, three and four-bedroom properties including two two-bedroom bungalows on Church Lane, Wark. The proposal also includes the building of a new access point onto the B6320 road.

Applicant, James Thompson, lives in Wark and owns the land of the proposed site.

He said: “Wark hasn’t had any significant development for two decades, compared to neighbouring villages Bellingham and Humshaugh which have all had an increase.

“I have engaged with the community and listened to their concerns, and overall it’s been really well received with strong support from local people and businesses. They recognise how the village will grow and thrive.”

The application also states four of the new homes would be affordable.

James added: “Most people in the village would like to see the percentage of affordable housing increase, and I feel this is a positive step in the right direction to help young people get on to the property ladder.

“Throughout the building process, I’d like to maintain control of the site and use local services and businesses to build the project.

“I will also be providing some self build plots.”

At a recent Wark Parish Council meeting, residents expressed their concerns over the future of the village’s businesses.

James said: “It’s clear that the village’s key services will be under threat if the village doesn’t grow.

“With the school now converting to primary, the village needs more family homes to deal with the rise in demand.

“I think there’s definitely a need for this housing in Wark.”