Tyne & Wear

Prudhoe residents hold meeting over town square plans

Residents in Northumberland are holding a public meeting to discuss plans for 150 homes alongside a shopping precinct in their town centre.

The proposals for Prudhoe had previously been turned down after a judicial review.

However, new plans, which also include a new supermarket, multi-storey car park and a new town square have been submitted by Northumberland Estates.

Mayor of Prudhoe Jennifer McGee said it could alter the town "totally".

Northumberland Estates represents the business interests of the Duke of Northumberland.

'Lot of public interest'

Ms McGee said: "The planning application has gone on for quite a long time now, it has been in doubt and it's back again.

"There have been calls for public meetings by various parties in the town and there has been a lot of public interest in the development itself.

"It's a major planning application in the town and it could alter the environment of the town totally. I have a lot of concerns regarding the development."

Prudhoe Traders' Association chairman John Short runs a hairdressers' in the town, just a few yards from the proposed development site.

He said: "It's progress, and it's needed to keep the town in the 21st Century."

No-one from Northumberland Estates has yet been available to comment.

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