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A scheme for hundreds of new homes in Bedlington has been given the nod once again, despite concerns about the linked package of infrastructure improvements.
The outline application, for up to 500 homes on land south-west of Glebe Farm, off Choppington Road, was first approved last year, but there were several outstanding issues to iron out.
These have now been dealt with, but given that the Government issued a new version of its planning rules - the NPPF - in the summer, the bid was brought back to this month's meeting of Northumberland County Council's strategic planning committee.
The planning officers' advice hadn't changed and the scheme was still recommended for approval, with members voting to grant permission by 10 votes to two, with one abstention.
Earlier in the meeting, Coun Christine Taylor, of West Bedlington Town Council, had raised fears about the site access from Choppington Road, where 'traffic numbers are increasing regularly' and another new development is planned a mile up the road.
One of the issues dealt with since the previous approvals was the section 106 legal agreement, which will secure 15 per cent affordable housing, a £1.33million education contribution, £346,500 for healthcare and £229,000 for sports and leisure.

A man has appeared in court accused of a string of driving offences after a bus and car crashed in Byker.
Four people had to be taken to hospital after a single decker Stagecoach bus and a silver Renault car collided on Clifford Street at around 8.50am on Tuesday.
A 26-year-old woman is believed to be in a serious condition and is being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Andre Langley has been charged with driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit, careless driving without due care and attention, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop after a road accident.
The 24-year-old, of Molineux Court, Heaton, Newcastle, appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.
He was remanded in custody before his next appearance at Newcastle Crown Court on December 12.

Two men are due in court after a 19-year-old was allegedly stabbed in Newcastle.
Stanhope Street, in Arthur's Hill, Newcastle, was cordoned off in the early hours of Sunday morning after police were called following reports that a 19-year-old had been assaulted on the street.
Ambulances, police cars and forensics officers were spotted by early risers as the investigation got under way.
The injured man was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary with injuries consistent with a stabbing. His condition is described as stable.
Police launched an investigation and, at around 4am on Sunday morning, arrested two men aged 21 and 23.
They have since been charged and are scheduled to appear at Bedlington Magistrates' Court on Monday afternoon.

A police investigation is under way after a shocking video emerged of a bouncer allegedly assaulting a teenage girl in a Newcastle nightclub.
Lauryn Parker claims she was left bruised after a bouncer repeatedly kneed her on a flight of stairs in Perdu.
The 19-year-old said the incident has left her too "scared" to have a night out in the city.
Perdu sacked the bouncer after footage of the incident was viewed by more than 350,000 people on Facebook.
Now, Northumbria Police has launched an investigation into the incident.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “We can confirm officers are investigating a report of an assault at a premises on Collingwood Street in Newcastle on Wednesday (October 31).

A bouncer has been sacked after a shocking clip emerged of him allegedly assaulting a teenage girl in Perdu.
Lauryn Parker, 19, claims a burly bouncer left her bruised and battered after repeatedly KNEEING her in the Diamond Strip nightspot.
She was celebrating Halloween dressed as a bunny when the alleged attack unfolded.
A Facebook clip of the incident has already been viewed over 365,000 times and Lauryn claims: "I'm too scared to go out in Newcastle now.
"I've got bruises, grab marks on my arm and what looks like shoeprints on my legs.
"I keep thinking it could have been a lot worse. He was just so strong and wouldn't stop."

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