Another look at cottage extension in conservation area

A scheme to extend a cottage in Rothbury’s conservation area has divided opinion among council officers, members heard.

The conservation officer had no objections to the changes at Fern Cottage in Back Crofts, but the case planning officer recommended refusal, saying the scale and design did not respect the modest look of the cottage and the extension would dominate neighbouring houses.

Rothbury ward member Coun Steven Bridgett said the cottage had been built when his grandmother was a child and was unsuitable for modern life.

The parish council was happy with the plan. There should be a site visit, he told the meeting.

The site has recent planning permission for an annexe, now being built, and for a two-storey extension, six metres long. An application for one eight-metres-long was turned down last January, and a planning officer said the new scheme seemed identical.

Coun David Moore moved refusal, but Coun Brian Douglas suggested a site visit, which members supported by five votes to one with two abstentions.