AN application that could see almost 200 new homes built in Haltwhistle has been submitted to county council planners.

Belfast-based the Beam Group has submitted a bid for the housing development on land to the west of Park Road in Haltwhistle.

The application is seeking full permission for 66 homes, with outline permission for a further 127 houses also requested.

The site is currently open pasture land, and an existing watercourse will be “retained and celebrated”.

The detailed proposals, on the eastern half on the site, where access would be taken from Park Road, include 11 four-bedroom detached houses, 17 three-bedroom detached properties and 28 three-bedroom semi-detached dwellings.

There would also 10 affordable homes among the 66; seven two-bedroom and three three-bedroom semi-detached or terraced dwellings, with spaces parking also included.

A design and access statement, submitted with the application, states: “The site offers excellent opportunities for the creation of a distinctive residential neighbourhood.

“The considerate development of 190 homes will become a positive addition to the area.”

The application was discussed at Haltwhistle Town Council’s meeting on Monday.

Councillors felt that the addition of new houses was a good thing, but raised some concerns about aspects of the application.

Coun. John Clark said: “It’s a good idea, and it will make us a more prosperous little town.”

However, the council’s vice-chairman, Coun. Michael Ridley, added: “Looking at the plans, I have no problem with the houses.

“We need new houses, but it’s the access. They’re going to come down Park Road, which is chock-a-block now.”

Coun. Margaret Forrest also raised concerns about drainage and sewerage at the site.