Concern at holiday homes

RESIDENTS are concerned about the potential number of holiday properties in their north Northumberland hamlet if permission is given to a new scheme.

At tonight’s meeting of the area planning committee north, members are recommended to approve an application to change two residential annexes at the Old Mill in Little Mill, near Howick, to independent holiday lets.

One objector to the scheme is worried that if approved a precedent would be set. He wrote: “This has the potential to completely alter the character of the existing hamlet, which could, in effect, become a hamlet in which over 50 per cent of the buildings were either let as holiday homes or run as bed and breakfast businesses.”

Another draws attention to the fact that the applicant, Mr T Chuter, is resident in California and so the scheme would not be of any benefit to the local community or economy.

Planners recommend approval as the buildings would not require any alterations and they would provide more tourism accommodation options in the area.