Bids before tonight’s planning committee meeting

Residents and parish councillors celebrate the rejection of the plans at Shilbottle last time round.
Residents and parish councillors celebrate the rejection of the plans at Shilbottle last time round.

Controversial plans to build new homes in a north Northumberland village could get the go-ahead tonight – the second time the bid has been set for approval.

In May, the Gazette reported that Northumberland Estates had submitted another application for 47 new properties on land south of Grange Road in Shilbottle.

At the September 2013 meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee, councillors sided with residents who had objected to the scheme.

Planners had recommended giving the nod to the controversial proposals for 47 new homes, a doctors’ surgery and start-up business units.

And despite the Estates appealing that decision, a second application was submitted for the same number of homes, but without the GPs’ surgery and business units.

At the September meeting, the focus of residents’ concerns were the issues of flooding, foul water and sewerage from which Shilbottle already suffers.

Members of the committee sided with villagers last time, but the planning officer’s report and submissions from the Estates this time refer to further information and work done with the county council and Northumbrian Water on those issues.

• An outline bid has been submitted for the construction of approximately 60 residential dwellings on land to the west of the Northern 4x4 Centre, West End Garage, in Thropton. The scheme, which would need a further application to deal with the layout, scale and appearance, of the site, received 25 letters of objection, but 16 in support. The officer’s report concludes that the application should be approved at tonight’s meeting, subject to an agreement for 22 per cent affordable housing.

• The conversion of an existing derelict stackyard into a small development of holiday cottages is recommended for refusal at tonight’s meeting of the north area planning committee. Originally intended for nine units, the proposal now is for the construction of eight holiday units on the site at Budle Farm.

• Planners and Felton Parish Council are at odds over plans for a number of alterations to River Cottage, at Mouldshaugh Farm, including an extension, a new roof to the porch and a new side porch. The bid is before the committee tonight as the council supports the bid, while the officer recommends refusal.

• Retrospective permission for a garden shed at 1 Belle Vue Gardens, in Alnwick, which sparked an objection from the town council, is recommended for approval, while members are recommended to take a site visit to 45 Harbour Road, Beadnell, the location for a retrospective bid and for a dormer window roof extension.