Rejection of earth shelter plans are welcomed

The site of the proposed earth shelter in Beadnell. Ref: JCNG 240614site 2
The site of the proposed earth shelter in Beadnell. Ref: JCNG 240614site 2

The Save Beadnell Association welcome the decision of the planning inspector, Alison Partington, to reject the appeal for the proposed building situated on the village coastline known as the earth shelter.

This is another decision which cements the security of our Heritage coastline and protects our AONB for the benefit of current and future generations to enjoy in its natural state.

It is also a vote of confidence in the original decision taken by the county councillors in rejecting the planning application and bolsters the sensible stance taken by the planning department in recommending rejection. It is particularly encouraging to note, among other reasons, Ms Partington’s summary in rejecting this appeal:

‘The proposal would not accord with the aims of conserving the natural beauty of the AONB and would have an adverse effect on the landscape of the Heritage Coast.

‘Accordingly, I consider that the proposed development would harm the character and appearance of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Heritage Coast and the surrounding area and would be contrary to policy F2 of the LP and the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework).’

In terms of any future planning applications centred on the Beadnell village coastline, the message could not be clearer. The NPPF is taking centre stage and its emphasis on the following statement is not only words on paper but is actually being put into practice:

‘Great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty which have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty.’

These words are music to the ears of all those who love not only the Beadnell coastline but also any other part of our Heritage Coast that developers might turn their attention to for private gain.

This coast is at the centre of tourism on which this whole area is increasingly dependent.

It is a tremendous step forward to see it protected as it not only satisfies those with a love of the natural place but it is eminently desirable from a business point of view.

People do not, and will not, come to the gorgeous Northumbrian coastline for any other reason than to appreciate its beauty and to engage with the outdoors and all that it offers.

Thanks are due to the 30-plus people who attended the actual hearing in Alnwick and to all those who have given their unstinted support in resisting development proposals over the last four years.

Jim Norris,

Save Beadnell Association