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Concerns over tight site

Members were split over plans to build three terraced homes on a site near to a pub in a north Northumberland village.

An application to demolish existing outbuildings and build three properties next to the Red Lion in Milfield was recommended for approval.

Four members voted for and four against, but chairman Coun John Taylor used his casting vote to approve the scheme.

Concerns related to over-development of a small site and traffic on the small access road, which is shared with the pub.

Coun Gordon Castle said: “It’s a tight site, but on balance, it’s just acceptable. If I lived in the neighbouring property, I wouldn’t be terribly happy about it, but in planning terms I think it’s acceptable.”

But Coun Heather Cairns said: “On balance for me, it’s just too much. I think there’s too little amenity space. I think it will result in going to holiday homes, not residential.”

Coun John Woodman was concerned about five parking spaces for seven bedrooms.

HOTEL TO BECOME PRIVATE HOME

Members approved a listed building application to convert Embleton Hall, in Longframlington, from a hotel into a single residential dwelling along with the construction of two private garages.

The scheme received no objections, but was brought before the committee as Coun Trevor Thorne is the owner.

DEADLOCK ON PLAN TO ALTER AGREEMENT

There seemed to be no way forward on plans to vary the legal obligation, by removing the affordable housing element, for a scheme for new housing in Berwick. Some members were resigned to the fact that new legislation allows the variation, while others refused to accept the changes.

The matter was deferred.

SITE VISIT TO GET A FEEL FOR THE SIZE

A decision on an application for an additional extension to a current rear lounge extension in Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, was deferred to the December meeting.

Coun Gordon Castle proposed going for a site visit as the application is retrospective. Planning officers have recommended refusal of the scheme.

FIVE NEW HOLIDAY LETS FOR HAMLET

Plans to build five new holiday lets, a swimming pool/gym and the conversion of a cycle store into another holiday let at Netherton Burnfoot were unanimously approved.

Resident David Bailey said that he was concerned for the peace and tranquility of the hamlet, due to increased traffic and noise from the pool.