Differing views over impact of annex in garden

The centre of Bamburgh ' the application property is located across the road from the Castle Green.
The centre of Bamburgh ' the application property is located across the road from the Castle Green.

A new property in the garden of a house in the sensitive heart of a Northumberland coastal village has been given the go-ahead.

But it is only to be used as an annex to the main house with a condition to ensure it cannot be used as a separate holiday let nor as someone’s sole dwelling.

Nonetheless, objectors were still concerned about the size and impact of the new building, which would be located at an address close to both Bamburgh Castle and the listed Armstrong House.

The application, which was approved at Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning and rights of way committee, was for a series of alterations to 33 Front Street, also known as Rock Cottage, including new extensions, as well as replacing a derelict detached garage with the two-storey annex.

And it was the latter aspect that caused the worry, with Bamburgh Parish Council chairman Jude Aldred telling members: “Any new development must be sympathetic to the character of our village.”

Jill Potier Godinho, the applicant, explained that the proposals were simply about creating a big enough home. “This is for the long term, for the family,” she said.

Coun Jeff Gobin said: “At a time when we are struggling to keep young people in our villages, how refreshing it is to to see a young family wanting to commit their future to the village.”

Coun John Woodman, who represents the Bamburgh ward, spoke against the scheme.

“This (the annex) will be clearly visible at the front of the village,” he said, adding that it could have been mitigated by being single-storey on a larger footprint or on the other side of the garden.

“The new house will be located between the view of Armstrong House and the view of the castle.”

The application was approved by nine votes to one with one abstention.