New bed and breakfast given green light

PERMISSION was granted to turn an Alnwick property into a bed and breakfast at last week’s North Area Planning Committee meeting in the town.

Neighbouring residents to Old Orchard house in Clifton Terrace had objected to the plans on residential amenity and parking grounds, but planning officers did not think there were any issues.

Coun Gordon Castle said: “I think there’s usually a presumption in favour of bed and breakfast providers extending the offer within the county but we have to take into account impact on residential amenity.”

He added that if only a couple of rooms were being used for guests, planning permission would not be necessary, or if a large family with multiple cars moved in, it could have the same effect on the neighbours anyway.

l PLANS to construct four off-street parking spaces at an Alnmouth home were approved, despite the parish council claiming it would have a negative effect on parking in the village.

Bill Bourne, chairman of Alnmouth Parish Council, said that constructing the driveway entrance at 11 Marine Road would take away four or more kerbside, public parking spaces in the village, which already suffers problems with parking.

However, the property’s owner, James Luckin, pointed out that the scheme will take four cars off the street, cars which would otherwise have to be parked on the road as well.

And the plans still leave space for one car on the street. The highways officer’s opinion was that the net impact on parking would be even or possibly that it would add spaces.

Mr Luckin said: “The property has space to take cars off the road in Alnmouth which is positive.”