New petition aims to prevent sale of key Holy Island site

Part of the Green Lane car park on Holy Island is up for sale.
Part of the Green Lane car park on Holy Island is up for sale.

A petition created to stop the sale of land for development on Holy Island has gathered more than 800 signatures.

The online petition, created by Lesley Andrews, calls on Northumberland County Council to withdraw from sale the site at the Green Lane car park.

It states: ‘This sale should be withdrawn and a full assessment should be made of its potential impact on the environment; how parking can be maintained for coaches and Blue Badge holders; tourism in Northumberland; and the local economy.’

Opponents insist the parking spaces are invaluable at peak times when hordes of tourists visit Holy Island and at a recent meeting in the village hall, there was also a consensus of opinion that there is no need or justification for new-build development on the site.

The 0.74-acre plot is currently being marketed by Bradley Hall with offers invited for the freehold interest. Its potential sale forms part of the council’s strategy to generate more than £33million in capital income.

It has marketed around half of the existing gravel car park and part of the little-used, grassed overflow area.

If sold, there would still be provision for disabled and coach parking, as part of the plans involve improving the whole of the retained area by creating a hard-surfaced area equivalent to the existing one.

The council says it is aware of the sensitivities of this site and any development would need to be sympathetically designed.