Plans have been submitted for a high-quality development of 18 apartments on a 0.65 hectare site north of Morpeth town centre.

The scheme is earmarked for open land south of King Edward VI School, north of South Terrace and to the east of Cottingwood Lane.

Northumberland-based Ashford Residential Ltd is the developer, with JDDK Architects and the Newcastle office of national planning and development consultancy Lichfields appointed to the project.

Lichfields’ Planning Director, Alastair Willis, said: “This is a fantastic development, adopting the high-quality design principles, and reflecting the scale and character of the surrounding streets.  The design team has worked together for more than two years to achieve a scheme which is befitting of the site and surrounding area, delivering a positive addition to the Morpeth townscape.”

The apartments are designed as a pair of two-storey, pavilion-style buildings set within shared landscaped gardens.  They will be named The Willows and Beechfield, after two mid-19th century properties, recently demolished in the town.

The north building will comprise of 10 apartments and a further eight are earmarked for the east building. These will encompass seven two-bedroom apartments and 11 three-bedroom apartments.

All the apartments will have access to private outdoor space in the form of either a private patio, balcony or roof terrace.

Following a public consultation in January the developers have included a communal garden on surplus land for neighbouring residents, to the end of South Terrace, reflecting their commitment to working positively with the local community.

Each apartment will be allocated two parking spaces, including one electric vehicle charging point. All allocated parking is provided underground, maximising the landscape quality of the grounds.  Lifts will be provided in each of the two buildings to service all apartments.  There will be a further 10 visitor spaces and 36 secure cycle bays.

Ashford Residential Director, Chris Carlisle, said: “This is an exciting development and one which has been carefully designed to respect, and assimilate with the stylish ambience of the surrounding neighbourhood.”

Lichfields say the development will support 50 construction jobs and boost the local economy by over £7m. The apartments will be accessed by a new entrance from Cottingwood Lane.

Another recent luxury, stone-built, executive homes project of 8 new homes by one of Mr Carlisle’s  other companies, Country Homes and Estates (Mitford) Ltd, at Ashford Grove, Mitford, has sold out in advance of build completion with a gross development value approaching £8m.