New houses in the pipeline for seaside village

The site of the new houses in North Lane, North Sunderland.
The site of the new houses in North Lane, North Sunderland.

A scheme which will see six new homes built on the site of a former farm in a north Northumberland village has been given the go-ahead.

At last Monday’s meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, members heard that a bid to build six new properties at Slate Hall Farm, on North Lane, in North Sunderland, had been approved by Northumberland County Council.

The plans include external amenity space, car parking and a new vehicular access.

The proposals had sparked no objections and the planning officer who dealt with the application, which had been submitted in July last year, concluded that ‘the principle of residential development at the site is considered to be established’.

The report adds: ‘The proposal will not have an adverse impact on the local area or the living conditions of neighbours, subject to conditions’.

A previous bid by the same applicant, also for six houses, had been approved in 2011, but that scheme was for three blocks of semi-detached dwellings.

Following demolition of the farm buildings, the applicant decided that the scheme would be improved if the layout was altered with some of the new properties detached.

Also at last week’s meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, it was reported that a bid to change the use of 57 Main Street from a tattoo studio to a dog-grooming salon had been given the green light.

A retrospective application for an external balcony and staircase at Bay View, Brady Street, has been refused. During a discussion at their March meeting, parish councillors expressed concerns about neighbours’ privacy. It was not known if the balcony and staircase will now have to be removed.