North area planning committee round-up

Beadnell is part of the AONB.
Beadnell is part of the AONB.

Members refused to grant retrospective permission for a dormer window at a property in Harbour Road, Beadnell at the committee’s September meeting.

However, an apology was issued as planning officers from the council had apparently failed to point out that the dormer, usually permitted development, needed permission in the area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

• Members voted to go on a site visit before making a decision on plans for an extension with dormer windows for a property on the seaward side of the road in Low Newton-by-the-Sea. The decision followed impassioned pleas from new ward member, Coun Kate Cairns, and the neighbouring resident.

• Some members tried to refuse a scheme for a sunroom extension at a property in Links Road, Bamburgh, citing concerns over the glazed aspect and the impact it could have on dark skies. However, Coun Gavin Jones said it was unfair to punish an applicant when no policy yet existed and the bid was approved.

• The committee gave the nod to plans for an extension at a property on Southfield in Rennington to allow elderly parents to move into the home. The controversial aspect, which sparked objections, was the construction of a garage on land across the road, which would require the removal of trees and shrubs.