New village flats get the go-ahead

PLANS to create two new commercial properties and one-bedroom flats in Seahouses have been given the go-ahead, despite objections.

North Sunderland Parish Council and neighbours objected to the plans, which will extend 52-54 Main Street, citing that the plans will affect the visual impact, character and setting of the street, which is in a conservation area.

There were also concerns about the new development overlooking neighbouring sites, as well as overdevelopment of a small area.

But at last week’s Northumberland County Council north area planning committee, members agreed to approve the plans with added conditions.

Concerns were raised about access to the development from a public car park, via a covered walkway which has lockable gates.

However it was made a condition that the gates continue to be locked.

One objector spoke at the meeting, on behalf of his 84-year-old mother, Rita Fordy, whose property neighbours the development.

He said that there were concerns that her garden and conservatory would be overlooked.

He added: “This planning application has already been rejected by the parish council and businesses as they believe it is an overdevelopment of the site.

“My mother has concerns about the height of the building which will cut out most of the light in to her residence and her garden.

“And if the windows in the roof are open there are concerns about noise as well.”

However another condition was added to the consent that windows in upstairs accommodation were not to be opened.