Bedmax bids to build new shed at Detchant site

Bedmax Ltd, of Belford, has seen had been exporting more and more of its high-quality horse bedding products to the Gulf.
Bedmax Ltd, of Belford, has seen had been exporting more and more of its high-quality horse bedding products to the Gulf.

Belford Parish Council will object to an application from Bedmax Ltd to build a new 1000sq metre shed at Greymare Farm.

The Detchant-based horse-bedding firm submitted the plans earlier this month, despite having a number of retrospective planning applications still pending.

Bedmax wants to site a new 48x18m production shed on an open field next to its existing buildings. Retrospective applications for the erection of an existing storage building and car parking spaces are already in the system and are due to be considered soon by the county council’s north area planning committee.

Belford Parish Council has objected to those applications, stating that the road network is unable to cope with the HGV traffic Bedmax generates.

Commenting on the application for a brand-new building, Coun Tracy Bell said: “I don’t think we can approve this because everything is still up in the air with the current applications. I think we have to object on the grounds that nothing else has been agreed on the planning applications.

“They have not even sorted the retrospective applications they have pending and they are wanting to just carry on with more.

“The road situation has not changed – it is not suitable to expand the business any more and this looks like an expansion to me.”

Chairing the discussion, Coun Ian Carruthers said: “I think we have to object at this stage because we don’t know what’s going on with the other applications, and a lot of our previous objections would apply to this one.”

Members of the county’s north area planning committee made a site visit to Detchant earlier this month, to gain a better insight before voting on the retrospective applications which they are due to consider soon.

Northumberland County Council has been carrying out research to determine the volume of articulated lorries travelling on the U34 road to and from Greymare Farm.