THE developer behind proposals that could see almost 200 new homes built in Haltwhistle has defended the plans.

Belfast-based Beam Homes submitted plans for 66 homes, with outline permission for a further 127 houses also requested on land to the west of Park Road.

Haltwhistle Town Council raised concerns over access, drainage, and sewerage to the proposed estate.

The council’s concerns were echoed by a new action group formed to oppose the development.

However, Beam has moved to alleviate the concerns by releasing a statement.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “We take all highways and environmental issues very seriously and have employed leading experts and surveyors to provide detailed reports which are included within our application.

“These surveys hugely influenced the design of the site and access on to Park Road. Great care was given to these considerations.

“We are honoured to make a positive contribution by offering much-needed quality new homes of two, three and four bedrooms, including a good provision of affordable houses.

“Haltwhistle was listed by The Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in the countryside 2018.

“Our aim has always been to respect the community and its environment and to ensure that any new developments bring only benefits to Haltwhistle.”

Beam also pointed out that the site was within the Northumberland Local Plan’s allocation for housing.

In addition, the company said local tradesmen and women would be employed to assist in the construction and that the development would bring an economic boost to the area.

Beam has also released a computer generated image of what the proposed development will look like.