North Area Planning Commitee

Agricultural buildings to stay at site following permission

Permission has been given by a 4-2 majority to allow agricultural buildings to remain to the west of Link House Farm, Newton-by-the-Sea.

As part of an earlier approval on appeal for the construction of seven holiday units, a condition was attached for the removal of the units, which has not yet been done.

Applicant V Thompson was applying to remove the condition, saying that their removal was no longer necessary.

The application to remove the condition was recommended for approval, but both the Newton Trust and National Trust had objected on grounds such as visual impact and the breach of planning control.

Coun Jones said the buildings detracted from the amenity and voted against, along with Coun Heather Cairns.

But Coun Trevor Thorne said that it seemed like common sense to go alomng with the recommendations.

A condition regarding the buildings’ material/colour was attached.


A plan to build a home in a seaside town following the demolition of 11 dilapidated garages has been approved by majority decision.

Members voted 5-1 in favour of the application, earmarked for High Street, Amble.

The bid had been recommended for approval and the town council had raised no opposition.

But it had prompted more than 10 letters of objection, regarding detrimental impact on residential amenity of nearby homes and not conforming to surrounding properties.

Coun Gavin Jones said that while he liked the design, he had concerns about the development causing overshadowing to other properties, and voted against.

In contrast, Coun Gordon Castle said he couldn’t see anything wrong with the bid.

After the vote, committee chairman Coun John Taylor said he believed the scheme was an ‘intelligent use of the area’