NORTHUMBERLAND County Council, it is understood, will now approach HMRC to see what plans it has for the Drill Hall land.

The site is on Prudhoe’s Swallwell Close.

Councillor Angie Scott, who represents Prudhoe North, said: “I understand this has been an extremely frustrating time over the last few years for those living in the area.

“Let’s hope things will start moving soon.”

The site has been subject to a long-running dispute after concerns were raised in March 2019 over the safety of area.

Work to knock down the site and replace it with six four-bedroom, three-storey houses stopped unexpectedly, leaving the site unsecure with debris blowing around.

At a meeting of Tynedale Local Area Council at the time, county council planning officers explained the reason demolition had stopped was because the site’s owner had been “indefinitely detained and could not continue to work.”

Work on the former Territorial Army drill hall, which dates back to 1914, began in December 2018.

The building was most recently used as a gym.