A RESIDENT vehemently opposed to a new development in Prudhoe has criticised the decision to approve it.

50 new homes will be built next to the Eltringham Works site in Prudhoe after it was approved by council officers. The application received objections from residents of nearby North Row due to the destruction of hundreds of trees.

Rowland McGlen, who lives on North Row, said: "200 trees was reported, but its well over that amount, and it's home to badgers, bats, and deer.

"What we can’t understand is the County Council and Prudhoe Council are all saying they support the need to reduce global warming and the destruction of the environment yet here they are doing the opposite.

"This whole site has loads of problems from Japanese Knotweed to contaminated land so how the planners ever even entertained this application is a mystery to us all."