MEP backs down over extension

A MEMBER of the European Parliament withdrew his objection to a neighbour’s plans for a new extension but some members wanted to go on a site visit before making a decision on the application.

Timothy Kirkhope, the Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, owns two properties in Castle Street in Warkworth.

He had opposed the scheme to replace an existing rear extension at a neighbouring house on Castle Street with a new single and double-storey extension for the impact it would have on his privacy.

However, at last Thursday’s meeting, he said: “This does impact on my privacy, I’m concerned about neighbourliness and I’m concerned about community in Warkworth.

“I’m a great believer in democracy, I think the councillors should decide, therefore I’m going to withdraw my objection to this application.

“All I want is goodwill and my privacy and a democratic right to come and speak to you tonight in the way that I have.”

The applicant Ian Fenwick said he believed that the plans were a big improvement both on the existing design and the original application.

Not all members supported the site visit but Coun Thorne proposed it as he thought it would be ‘beneficial’.

“It would help make up my mind if we went on a site visit and had a good look to see what impact this would have,” he said.