Decisions due on plans for coastal homes

Beadnell. Picture by Susan Dawson
Beadnell. Picture by Susan Dawson

Decisions on new houses on the north Northumberland coast are due to be made by councillors later this week.

Two plans for homes in popular seaside villages go before Thursday’s meeting of the North Northumberland Local Area Council.

In Beadnell, members are recommended to approve the Northumberland Estates’ bid for two three-bedroom properties on land east of 21 Bernicia Way.

The proposal is for a small parcel of land, which forms part of the wider Beadnell Point development of 40 holiday lets.

However, in line with the headline policy in the recently-approved North Northumberland Coast Neighbourhood Plan, these two new dwellings would be for principal residence only.

Nonetheless, the proposal has sparked objections from the parish council, the AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) Partnership and 15 residents.

Access would be taken via the existing street to the south, with the wider estate served from Harbour Road to the south-east.

The homes match those approved within the wider estate in terms of design and would also be detached, two-storey properties with pitched slate roofs.

In Craster, planning officers are recommending that permission should be refused for a new house on land west of 15 Dunstanburgh Road.

This proposal is for a single-storey property, using the sloping site to incorporate a split-level, open-plan internal arrangement.

The bid has sparked objections from the parish council, the AONB Partnership, nine residents and, perhaps crucially, the council’s highways department – which has called for the plan to be rejected.

Access to the site – currently a residential garden – would be taken from Dunstanburgh Road to the east, using an existing track which passes between terraced housing.

The highways officer describes the access as ‘a narrow, poorly constructed track’, while the junction with Dunstanburgh Road ‘is also narrow, little more than single vehicle width, and severely restricted in terms of visibility for emerging drivers’.

The planning officer’s report to councillors recommends two grounds for refusal – highways safety and design and landscape impact upon the AONB.

Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service