Concerns voiced over coastal housing plan

Objection is building against a plan to build up to 45 homes in a coastal village.

Thursday, 16th June 2016, 2:00 pm
New houses are planned for Beadnell. This picture by Jane Coltman is of Beadnell Bay.

Northumberland Estates is behind the outline scheme, with all matters reserved, which is earmarked for land to the south of Kennedy Green, in Beadnell.

The proposal – lodged recently with the county council – states that eight of the homes will be affordable, although the specific allocation of affordable houses is subject to further discussion in consideration of the current affordable housing need in the area.

The types of houses proposed, which is indicative only, are 12 four-bedroom, 23 three-bedroom – two of which would be affordable – and six two-bedroom affordable homes.

But the plan is proving to be controversial. At a recent Beadnell Parish Council meeting, strong opposition was voiced by residents. More than 70 people attended, with many speaking against the proposal, and none in favour.

Nearly 40 objection letters have so far been submitted online to the county council, with one of these including a list of names of more than 40 different objectors.

Concerns include the negative impact on the village’s roads and sewerage system, overdevelopment and that the scheme could lead to a greater number of second homes and holiday properties.

The parish council has said that it does not object in principle – a decision made by the chairman’s casting vote. But the council wants talks with the applicant and planning officer on issues such as the percentage of social housing and access.

Among the consultee groups to comment, the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership has said that it has concerns relating to numerous issues, such as design and dark-sky protection.

An Estates spokesman said: “The scheme includes affordable housing for local people and aims to address the problem of second homes by retaining them for permanent residences. We will work with the planning authority to address concerns.”