Controversial coastal dune development back again

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

A bid to replace a bungalow nestled in the dunes on the north Northumberland coast with a modern, striking new home has been resurrected.

In October 2012, an application to demolish the existing Link House, between Beadnell and Seahouses, and replace it with a new two-storey property was thrown out by the county council’s north area planning committee, despite being recommended for approval.

Members conceded that there was merit to the design and architecture, but felt it was the wrong place.

Since then, the plans have gone to appeal unsuccessfully and there have been two further schemes that have undergone pre-application advice with the council’s planning officers.

Now a new planning application, which has taken into account the concerns raised in the past two years, has been submitted.

While the first bid was for a two-storey, imposing grand design, the new proposal would sit even lower than the highest point of the existing bungalow, ‘presenting an even more sympathetic form’.

But objector Jim Norris, of the Save Beadnell Association, said: “The architects have gone to some trouble in trying to make it sympathetic to its surroundings, but what they don’t seem to realise is that the very presence of a contemporary edifice, regardless of architectural merit, would be totally out of place in this historic, natural, fragile and beautiful location.”