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Road, footpath and cycling improvements lined up for Cramlington

The Beaconhill and Beacon Lane areas of Cramlington are set to have improvements to roads, paths and cycleways as funding from housing developers is released to Northumberland County Council.
Through a Section 106 legal agreement developers of the Cramlington South West Sector will pay a total of £570,000 towards highway infrastructure improvements in the area.
The first tranche of this, £383,000, has been released to the council and will now be added to the Council’s 2021/22 Local Transport Plan capital programme to carry out work in the area.
Outline planning permission has been granted to develop up to 1,600 new homes, a primary school, a new local centre including a convenience store, medical centre and pub, and associated infrastructure and landscaping on land south and west of White Hall Farm in Cramlington.  The area is commonly known as the ‘Cramlington South West Sector’.
The funding will be paid at three times, the first £383,000 before sale of the first home; the second £140,500 before sale of the 501st home; and the final £46,500 before sale of the first home in Phase B of the development.
The first tranche of £383,000 has now been released by the developers and will fully fund the following infrastructure improvements that will be delivered by the council:
  • £168,000 for resurfacing of Beacon Lane and providing street lighting;
  • £165,000 for Beaconhill Green, to provide a new 3 metre wide footpath/cycleway with lighting to link with the existing footpath/cycleway network; and
  • £50,000 to fund an improved link from Beacon Lane to Beaconhill Primary School.  This will include a new section of 3 metre wide footpath/cycleway with lighting, increasing the width of existing sections of footpath from 2 to 3 metres and upgrading existing lighting.
Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “This is an excellent example of the benefits to local communities of Section 106 agreements with developers. This funding will help to make real improvements to roads, footpaths and cycleways in Cramlington for the benefit of local residents.”
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