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RE the letter in the Gazette, Mr Pooley is entirely correct in his observation as to the materials from which the new shed was built and its extremely unfortunate visual impact, especially upon the famed view of Dunstanburgh Castle from Embleton village.

What he doesn’t appear to know is that the applicant submitted a prior notification notice which ‘slipped through the bureaucratic net’ in that it was not brought to the attention of local people.

Thus the opportunity to influence the appearance and even the siting of the finished article was lost.

It is intended that a similar opportunity will not be lost going forward and it is to be hoped that all interested parties will unite to help protect the exceptional landscape we have.

To this end the National Trust, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, and the AONB Partnership are all helping already.

In addition the Newcastle and Northumberland Society has offered support and it is hoped that English Heritage and Sustrans will join in.

Like Mr Pooley, all those involved fully recognise that farmers must be able to build in the interests of their businesses and to feed us all but they really should do so in a way that recognises the needs of others which, in this case, includes those with a stake in the tourism industry, (who happen to include many farmers these days).

To this end it is hoped that many more people, like Mr Pooley, will sign the petition, to be found in and around Embleton village, supporting opposition to the expected application for the further development of the site.

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