Councillors expressed their disappointment after their objection was ‘ignored’ and an Italian restaurant was granted planning permission to install new advertising signs.
As previously reported, Insieme Restaurant, in Seahouses, sought approval to have an internally-illuminated sign above the front door, a non-illuminated sign also above the front door and five signs to the back of the building overlooking the public car park.
North Sunderland Parish Council had objected to the proposal for the rear of Main Street on a number of grounds, including that ‘the amount of signs is too commercial and not in keeping with a conservation area’.
At its Monday meeting, Coun Tom Orrin questioned why it had been approved given the parish council’s firm objections.
County Coun John Woodman pointed out that the issues raised by members were not valid planning reasons.
Had the county councillors on the planning committee refused the application without valid planning grounds, then the scheme could have been overturned on appeal and the county council liable for costs.
Coun Woodman added that if advertising signs in the car park area was an issue, then it could be looked at through the neighbourhood plan.
• Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart told members that he had met an officer from the county council to position the new grit bins. One is in Castle Close beside the play park and the other is in Kingsfield, 100 yards in from the entrance on the right.
• Coun David Donaldson raised concerns about flooding from the pond at Monk’s House. He said: “Obviously the gates are still restricting flow down to the burn because the water’s flowing right up to the road edge. It’s damaging the road surface, you can already see hollows in the road from where it happened last time.”