Villagers win battle against grand design

The existing Link House, north of Beadnell.

The existing Link House, north of Beadnell.

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A house plan described as a tragedy for the Heritage Coast has been rejected by councillors and its handling by county planners called into question.

The property was intended to replace a former single-storey shepherd’s cottage, Link House near Beadnell, surrounded by farmland and sand dunes.

County planners had worked with the applicant’s agents to help design a building that would dwarf the humble cottage and the result was described as ‘a building with considerable presence’ by planning officer Peter Rutherford.

 

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