North Area Planning Committee

Hall will be able to hold more events

An application to increase the number of events held at Guyzance Hall has been approved by a unanimous decision.

In 2010, permission was given to allow the hall to host events/functions, with an annual limit of 20.

Members of the planning committee went with officer recommendation to allow an extension to the number.

The venue will now be able to hold up to 40 events/functions, as well as up to 20 conferences and five charity events annually.

The total number of guests attending any event/function or conference shall not exceed 150.

Coun Trevor Thorne said: “The business has been in operation since 2010 and it has worked successfully.

“Complaints have been quite small. Generally the business is run well and it deserves support.”

The application had received four objections from neighbours. Criticism included an increase in traffic, disturbance and noise and the impact on the character of the area.

Acklington Parish Council had also objected to the scheme.


A housing scheme for Warkworth has been amended following residents’ concerns and comments from the conservation officer.

Northumberland Estates had submitted a plan for 44 private properties on land east of Old Barns Close, Morwick Road.

But it has now been altered, and the number of homes proposed for the site has been reduced to 37.

Other changes to the scheme included removing plots which were earmarked for near the Grade-II listed Old Barns Farmhouse, as well as reducing the larger two-and-a-half storey units throughout the site to two storeys, with the exception of some units fronting Morwick Road.

The application has not yet come to the north area planning committee and is currently going through the planning process.

More than 300 people signed a petition relating to the 44 homes, as well as the 27 affordable properties which have now got the go-ahead.


A new take-away is set to open in Shilbottle after councillors granted permission for the scheme, by a narrow 4-3 decision.

Janice Bagci had applied for full planning permission to change the use of part of the village’s Working Men’s Club, on Grange Road, into a hot-food facility.

The unit earmarked for transformation is the former skills centre attached to the side of the club. An extraction unit will be installed to the roof of the building.

The take-away will open from 11am to midnight, Mondays to Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, and until 1am on Saturdays.

It was recomended for approval, subject to conditions, despite it recieving five objections and a letter of concern.

Complaints included litter, anti-social behaviour and noise. Questions were also raised about whether Shilbottle needs another take-away.

Shilbottle Parish Council had not submitted any comments, while the county council’s Environmental Health Department raised no objections.


Plans to convert a hotel into a single house and create two private garages were approved by the planning committee.

Members were unanimously in favour of the scheme to change the use of and make alterations to Grade II-listed Embleton Hall, in Longframlington.

It has been operated as a country house hotel for more than 20 years.

Planning officers had recommended the scheme be approved, with conditions.

They said that the proposed change of use would result in an acceptable and sustainable form of development in this location that would not have any adverse effects upon the character and appearance of the site and surrounding area, the special character of the listed building, highway safety, or the amenity of adjoining residents.

No objections had been raised and Longframlington Parish Council was in support.

The original country house stood in grounds extending to more than five acres, but over time planning permission has been granted for the conversion of the adjacent stables and laundry building to two separate dwellings, along with four dwellings in the walled garden.