Coastal ‘grand design’ rejected by councillors

A view of the proposed replacement Link House, from the west.
A view of the proposed replacement Link House, from the west.

A bid to replace a former shepherd’s cottage on the north Northumberland coast with a modern, striking home was thrown out by councillors for a second time last night.

At yesterday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee, members voted to refuse a scheme to demolish and replace the bungalow at Link House, north of Beadnell. The plans were an amended version of a scheme which was originally refused in October 2012, against planning officer advice.

The new application, lodged on behalf of owners Ged and Norma Donnelly, significantly reduced the height of the proposal to lessen its visual impact, with the new house proposed to sit lower than the existing bungalow.

However, it still proved unsatisfactory to residents with 99 objections lodged with the council. Beadnell and North Sunderland parish councils have also expressed concerns, along with the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership.

There were also 38 letters in support, but members agreed with planning officers that the ‘alien’ building would be unacceptable in the area of outstanding natural beauty and obtrusive to the landscape.

Meanwhile, a development of new homes in Longframlington was given the green light despite the parish council’s major concerns over traffic control and access to the development from the busy A697.

The scheme is for 37 new dwellings with associated access, parking and landscaping on land north of Rimside View at the northern edge of the village.

The proposed properties will be a mix of detached, semi-detached, cottages and bungalows up to a maximum of two storeys. The council would look for four discounted market-value homes on site and money to put towards affordable housing in lieu of rental properties.

See full report in next week’s Gazette.