Conversion plans are given the go-ahead

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Retrospective planning permission has been granted for the conversion of a garage into a residential space at a property in Seahouses, despite objections.

The application was submitted for the changes at 2 James Street and planning officers had recommended approval.

However, North Sunderland Parish Council had spoken out against the scheme.

Members said that the conversion of garage space would put even more pressure on the parking in James Street, which they claimed already suffers from parking on both sides of the road and is a busy route to the doctors’ surgery and middle school.

There was also one neighbour objection, reiterating the parking problems on the road, among other concerns.

However, the county council’s highways team advised that the replacement parking to the front would be sufficient to replace the loss of the garage.