Apartments bid at former club set for go-ahead

The former Felton and Thirston Youth Club building.
The former Felton and Thirston Youth Club building.

A plan to demolish a former youth club and replace it with apartments is set to get the go-ahead next week, despite objections.

Applicant Tantalion Est. Ltd is behind the scheme to knock down the ex-Felton and Thirston Youth Club, in Felton’s Recreation Lane, and replace it with a two-storey building comprising four apartments.

The application will go before members of Northumberland County Council’s planning committee on Tuesday afternoon and has been recommended for approval, subject to conditions.

Felton Parish Council has objected to the scheme, while 10 neighbours have also voiced their disapproval. Objections include over-development of the site; no refuse collection to the site; the impact on highway and pedestrian safety; the removal of the hedgerow trees; the development being out of keeping with the character of the area; and impact on ecology.

However, a planning and heritage statement submitted in favour of the scheme says that the existing building is considered to be of low heritage value and a replacement building could enhance this part of the Felton Conservation Area.

Also on the agenda is a bid by Arch Developments to modify a section 106 agreement relating to planning approval for 33 flats with office and retail accommodation at The Old Mill/Malthouse, Bolams Mill, Dispensary Street, Alnwick. The applicant is looking to waive the contribution towards affordable housing.

Alnwick Town Council has said that it has no objections but is disappointed that the developers are not fulfilling the balance of the original agreement for affordable housing.

County-council officers have recommended that the provision be discharged.