Controversial bids raise their heads as appeals are lodged

A number of controversial schemes which were refused by Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee have gone to appeal.

Bids for developments in Alnwick, Shilbottle, Warkworth and Beadnell have been lodged with the planning inspectorate.

Northumberland Estates is fighting last September’s unanimous decision to refuse a major scheme for new homes in Shilbottle.

Planners had recommended giving the nod to hotly-contested proposals for 47 new homes, a doctors’ surgery and start-up business units at land south of Grange Road, but members of the committee voted against.

Residents’ objections focused heavily on the issues of flooding, foul water and sewerage from which Shilbottle already suffers.

As reported last month, the Estates is also appealing the decision to reject amended plans for 37 homes in Warkworth, which was refused by the committee in December by a majority.

The scheme, which had also been recommended for approval, is earmarked for land east of Old Barns Close, Morwick Road. Residents’ concerns included traffic and parking and unsustainability issues.

At that same meeting, members also voted on a majority decision to reject a plan, lodged by DAV Developments, as part of the Malhotra Group, to construct a residential care home with 88 bedrooms in a three-storey building on Lisburn Terrace, Alnwick.

The scheme had been recommended for approval, but was knocked back for a number of reasons, including concerns over the buildings appearance.

However, the applicant has appealed the decision.

Meanwhile, a bid to build an earth shelter on land north-west of 15 Harbour Road, Beadnell, has also gone to appeal.