Former open prison is set for new housing

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The site of the former open prison at Noranside could soon become one of the most coveted housing developments in the local area.

Plans show that the site could contain 35 new homes as well as five affordable housing units.

A proposal of application notice (PAN) was submitted in May this year enabling an application for planning permission in principle to be submitted on September 10.

A public consultation was also held at Memus in June.

Claire Bonner, chartered architect with William Lippe Architects Ltd., said: “We have been working alongside many consultants to obtain an understanding of the site over the last year in order to find a master plan that is fitting for the surroundings.

“The public consultation in June was extremely useful to hear the views of the local community.

“The Noranside Estate is made up of four historic listed buildings and structures including B listed Noranside House, C listed stable block, C listed walled garden and the C listed gardener’s cottage and they are an important part of the site’s history.

“The new housing has been sensitively located around the listed structures ensuring they remain the focal point of the development.

“All existing woodland and farmland remains and through the demolition of the former prison cell blocks, more green space is provided for use by the new residents and local community providing an array of footpath and cycleway networks.”