North area planning committee round-up

Alan Hallett, David Abercrombie from Fairhurst and Craig Porter discuss the plans at last year's consultation event.
Alan Hallett, David Abercrombie from Fairhurst and Craig Porter discuss the plans at last year's consultation event.
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The green light has been given for outline plans to build around 36 homes on land in Embleton.

Last week’s north area planning committee gave unanimous consent for the scheme from Fallodon Estates, for land north of Woodstead.

An update was given at the meeting that stated the plans would now include up to four homes at discounted market value as part of its section 106 agreement which provides benefits to the community.

Woodstead resident Frances Cook said there were concerns that the land would flood and that could have an impact on Woodstead.

But the meeting heard that sustainable drainage systems are included in the plans and Northumbrian Water has recently carried out work which should improve flooding in the area.

Coun Heather Cairns said: “I support this planning application because I am absolutely convinced that housing is needed in Embleton in order to sustain the village and the school and the community for the future,

“I used to be district concillor for Embleton for a number of years and there has been historic serious flooding, particularly in woodstead.

“I read in the report that sustainable drainage systems will be on the site and I hope this works.”

• A Belford company’s plans to extend its industrial unit were set to go before the planning committee last week. But the scheme at Tree Locate, near Belford Industrial Estate, was withdrawn before the meeting. Four residents had raised concerns about the proposals.

• A side extension to a Newton-by-the-Sea house was given the go-ahead, despite concerns from neighbours about light pollution at Eastfield, as well as a balcony being out of keeping with the area. But councillors agreed to permit the plans, which make the property disability-friendly.

• A stables and livery yard has been given a two-year extension to its permission for livery after asking for changes to be permanent. The plans relate to Felton Fence stables. Councillors heard of enforcement concerns at the site and those of residents. The situation will be monitored by the council.

• Retrospective planning permission for a farm building was given unanimous approval by the committee. The application for land north of Dene House, off Harrogate Lane, Longframlington, was for a steel-framed shed which had already been erected, but was bigger than previous permission had stated.