North Area Planning Committee

Site visit on the agenda

A site visit will take place before a decision is made on plans in Acklington.

The village’s parish council had objected to two applications to amend conditions restricting the occupancy of cottages on land at Bank House Farm to holiday use.

The planning officer had recommended approval subject to an agreement to secure £100,00 towards affordable housing in the area.

But at Thursday’s meeting, Coun Heather Cairns called for a site visit. She said: “This is an extremely rural location and often holiday houses aren’t very suitable for residential living. Are the properties suitable for residential living?

“I think we should go and have a site visit and have a look.”

Rothbury home plan gets the green light

A bid to build a new two-storey house in Rothbury has been given the go-ahead by a majority decision.

Members voted 6-1 in favour of the plans, with an abstention from Coun Heather Cairns.

The proposal is to build the property on land north of the RSPCA Shop, on the village’s High Street. The scheme was recommended for approval, despite an objection from Rothbury Parish Council, with members raising concerns over the use of a greenfield site, impact on light to residents vehicle access and the creation of a permanent dwelling.

Coun Gordon Castle said: “I will move the recommendation. I can’t see reasons for refusal.”