Scheme set for nod

PLANS to completely re-develop a north Northumberland estate with new homes, tourist facilities and a manor house look set to go ahead.

Four separate applications on the Hettons Estate, between Chatton and Lowick, are recommended for approval at tonight’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s area planning committee north.

The estate’s new owners, Jan and Nico Geertzema, who trade as the President Estate Farming Partnership, want to build a new manor house to be known as Holburn Manor, which was deemed ‘unnecessary’ by objectors.

Near this site at Holburn Grange, there is also a scheme to build a hunting lodge with a block of guest rooms, two holiday cottages, as well as a camping barn designed to sleep up to 70 guests.

At Hetton Steads, farm buildings would be converted to create five new homes and a new farm office constructed, while a further five homes would be created at Laverock Law through conversion of old buildings. One of the homes at each site would be designated as affordable housing.