Flooding fears lead to a string of objections

Flooding concerns have sparked a string of objections to a proposed housing scheme in a north Northumberland town.

An application to build six detached homes and garages in Amble has been submitted to Northumberland County Council for outline permission.

Demolition of redundant outbuildings on the site, on land north of Gloster Hill, also forms part of the plan.

However, the Environment Agency (EA) has objected to the scheme and recommended it be refused in the absence of an acceptable flood risk assessment (FRA). The EA states that the FRA submitted with the bid does not provide a suitable basis for assessment to be made of the flood risks and fails to provide any details about the discharge of foul sewage.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has also submitted an objection to the plan, which the charity says is located on a flood zone, adjacent to the Northumberland Shore Site of Special Scientific Interest and the proposed Marine Conservation Zone.

A number of resident objections highlight concerns over flooding, as well as impact on wildlife, among other things. Warkworth Parish Council has objected to the scheme, submitted by applicant Thelma Ireland.