Met mast set to get nod

The siting of a 50-metre meteorological mast on north Northumberland farmland is set to get the green light despite objections.

Both local residents and the parish council have expressed concerns about the scheme north of Lemmington Hall, near Edlingham.

But at next Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee, the scheme is recommended for approval.

Edlingham Parish Council objected to the scheme on the basis of the impact on the highway while ten letters of objection from residents raise concerns regarding the impact on the landscape, tourism, roads, cultural heritage and ecology.

But the planning officer’s report concludes: “The proposed meteorological mast is not considered to give rise to any significant adverse impacts on landscape, ecology, highway, cultural heritage or visual and residential amenity.”

At the same meeting, members will discuss the installation of an electric car charging point in Rothbury.

Northumberland National Parks put forward three possible sites; outside Newcastle House Hotel on Church Street, on Church Street in front of the War Memorial or on High Street near the Turk’s Head pub.

Following consultation, members are recommended to agree to proceed with the introduction of a charging point, using the High Street position near the Turk’s Head.