North area planning committee round-up

Twelve properties at Bank House Farm in Acklington, which were originally approved as holiday lets, can now be used as permanent homes.

Agent Richard Garland explained that the business was making a trading loss year on year, but that changes in planning guidance now allow for conversion.

Permitted development would mean that some of the units could be combined into larger homes without planning permission.

Coun Castle said: “What swings it for me is that the circumstances are different from when we approved this plan. We are not necessarily stopping someone from running them as holiday homes.”

• Members voted to take a closer look and go on a site visit before making a decision on a ‘significant’ extension to a property in Springfield, Longhoughton, which has sparked objections. The plans would see the construction of an extension on either side of the house as well as a hydrotherapy pool.

• A rear conservatory at a property in Kingsfield, Seahouses, and solar panels on the roof of another home on the same estate were granted permission despite concerns raised by the parish council. If the plans were submitted elsewhere, they would not have needed planning permission.

• Plans for a new first-floor extension above a garage at a property in Chapel Lands, Alnwick, along with a single-storey extension to replace a conservatory were approved. There were no objections, but the scheme was before the committee as the plans were submitted by a county council planning officer.