Tourism is key, but properties not acceptable

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.

Councillors recognised the key role of tourism businesses in north Northumberland, but felt it wasn’t enough of a justification to approve two new homes.

A proposal for two new four-bedroom holiday homes in Dukesfield, near Bamburgh, was turned down by members of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee last Thursday.

Noel Page, from Bamburgh Parish Council, reflected the objections of residents and raised concerns over the design and appearance of the properties, potential problems on the narrow access road including parking, the effect on drainage and flooding and the effect on water pressure.

Margaret Matheson, representing the applicants, said that there’s a demand for more holiday homes in the area and that the visitors tend to spend their money in the local area.

Despite fears raised by Mr Page that two four-bedroom properties could lead to eight cars, she claimed that it would be used by perhaps two cars per house at a time in an area where there are already eight houses.

A new septic tank as part of the plans would help to deal with sewerage problems, while they had spoken to Northumbrian Water and would install a new mains in the case of problems with water pressure.