Green light for vehicular access change

The Mill Hill development at Chatton.
The Mill Hill development at Chatton.

A decision on a bid to change the access for construction vehicles at a housing scheme in a north Northumberland village has been approved.

The Chatton application went before Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning committee.

The homes on plots seven to 15 at the Northumberland Estates’ Mill Hill development have been completed and the current temporary access road ‘is unsuitable to service the construction of plots one to six’, according to the developer’s supporting statement.

It was due before the committee in March, but was withdrawn from the agenda.

Following six objections from neighbours, including a petition with 29 signatures, ward member for the area, Coun Anthony Murray, requested that the decision be made by committee.

Tillside Parish Council had not objected, but suggested a series of conditions.

In 2009, a scheme for 15 houses was approved adjacent to the former Mill Hill Farm, incorporating part of the former farmyard area and the adjoining fields/pond area.

Three years later, it was varied so that different house types could be built on plots one to six and in 2014, plot seven was amended so the orientation of the property was east-west instead of north-south.

The approval of the variation in 2012 included 20 conditions, the last of which related to the access for construction vehicles.

The planning officer’s report, recommending approval, stated: ‘The proposal has been examined by the Highway Authority which has no objection to the proposal subject to the stopping-up of the existing temporary construction access and the reinstatement of the boundary wall and highway verge’.