Coastal home in the dunes all set to get the go-ahead

The existing Link House, north of Beadnell.
The existing Link House, north of Beadnell.

A new home among the sand dunes on the north Northumbrland coast is set to get the green light tonight despite a number of objections.

An application to demolish the existing Link House, to the north of Beadnell, and replace it with a new two-storey property is recommended for approval at tonight’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee.

It was due before the committee’s September meeting but was deferred to allow the parish council to be reconsulted.

And the application has stirred up controversy in the village with the parish council objecting along with 29 residents.

According to the planning officer’s report, the ‘overwhelming concern’ expressed by the objectors is the ‘potential impact of the proposed replacement dwelling at this sensitive site and it is considered contrary to planning policy’.

But the report makes clear that the current single-storey cottage – an agricultural worker’s dwelling that is believed to have been extended during the middle of the last century – is not fit for modern living, as it suffers from ‘damp ingress and poor thermal performance’.

The plans have also been the subject of much pre-application advice due to the sensitive and solitary nature of the property.

• Tonight’s meeting of the council’s north area planning committee takes place in Alnwick Council Chamber at 6pm.

Parish concern over farm cottage

A proposal to build a single-storey agricultural workers’ dwelling on land south of the Charlton Mires phone exchange is recommended for approval tonight despite objections raised by Eglingham Parish Council.

Planning meeting briefs

Safety fears over wall

Retrospective permission for improvements to a garden wall so that children can play safely at a home in Newton-by-the-Sea looks set to be turned down due to road safety concerns.

The county council’s highways department is concerned that the reduced visibilty distances for drivers on the B1340 are inadequate.

Two-for-one plans set for nod

Councillors are recommended to approve plans to replace one house with two new detached properties on Harbour Road in Beadnell, despite objections from the parish council and the coastal AONB partnership.

Officers to rule on a-maize-ing maze

Plans for a maize maze, bale fort, sand pit and car parking along with a temporary caravan for ticket sales at Glororum Farm, Bamburgh, which were due before the committee tonight, will now be decided under delegated powers.