Caravan plans get go-ahead on farm

Plans to relocate a row of holiday caravans away from farm buildings onto a more spacious plot have been approved by councillors.

Permission was unanimously granted at the north area planning committee on Thursday for a change of use on land at North Farm, Embleton.

The land on which the caravans are currently situated is at the highest point of the farm, but they will now be allowed to move and occupy part of a lower-lying field to the east of the buildings.

One objection was received, from Embleton Parish Council, which felt that there was ‘no advantage’ in re-siting the caravans.

However, Coun Dougie Watkin moved that the application be approved, as it would lessen the visual impact on the skyline viewed from Newton by the Sea and Embleton bay just under a mile away.

Under the plan, the caravans will now be positioned in a crescent formation, each with its own serviced pitch.

Access will be taken from the existing North Farm entrance with a new reinforced grass service track installed, together with a service parking space next to each pitch.

A planning application for an extension to a care home in Alnwick has been deferred for a site visit.

The plans show a two-storey addition with 15 en-suite bedrooms, lounges and bathrooms at Castle View on Howling Lane.