Still objections, but reduced scheme approved

The site of the proposed new holiday homes at Dukesfield from the field behind with the road on the other side.
The site of the proposed new holiday homes at Dukesfield from the field behind with the road on the other side.

Despite continued objections from residents and the parish council, a bid for two holiday cottages near Bamburgh was given the go-ahead this week.

At Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s new planning and rights of way committee, members unanimously approved the scheme for a pair of semi-detached, single-storey units at Dukesfield, which had previously been turned down by the north area planning committee in September 2013.

The previous application was for detached, two-storey properties, which were thought to impact on the local area and on the setting of Dukesfield farmhouse, a grade II-listed building. The refusal was upheld on appeal.

However, the council’s conservation officer had no objections this time and nor did the highways officer, despite road-safety and parking issues being cited by objectors. New passing places are being installed as part of the plans.

Matthew Simpson, of George F White, on behalf of neighbouring residents, said: “We fail to see how the new plans have adequately addressed problems relating to parking and access.”

Coun John Woodman highlighted similar concerns on behalf of the parish council.