THE site of a controversial housing application has been put up for sale by the Duke of Northumberland’s property company.

Northumberland Estates were granted planning permission to build 63 new homes on land south of Broomhouse Lane in Prudhoe in October. It followed a long battle between the developers and local residents opposed to the plans.

Now, the land has been listed for sale by Bradley Hall estate agents, with the price only available on application. The land is described as a “residential development opportunity” benefiting from “full planning permission”.

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Cllr Gordon Stewart, who represents the Prudhoe South ward, said: “I am following this with great interest, with the land being up for sale so soon after the planning refusal was overturned.

“I look forward to entering into dialogue with the current and future land owner and hope they will work with me to ensure the Prudhoe community is considered and kept informed.”

Colin Barnes, planning and development director at Northumberland Estates said a number of options for taking the project forward remained on the table.

Mr Barnes said: “As a company involved in both residential and commercial developments, we regularly purchase and sell land. Currently, we are interested in attracting a development partner to the site; however, there are several options for taking the project forward, all of which remain open.

“Having obtained planning permission, we can move to the development stage with greater certainty.”

The permission was granted by the Planning Inspectorate on appeal after it was refused twice by the Tynedale Local Area Planning Committee.

The application had to be re-heard by the Northumberland County Council committee after one councillor left the room during the application’s hearing and then voted on the proposals, in contravention of planning policy.

Despite strong local opposition to the plans, the decision to refuse was branded “crazy” by Conservative cabinet member John Riddle.