North area planning committee round-up

A retrospective application to repair an existing goat shed and portal frame building due to storm damage has been granted on appeal.

The scheme, for The Conifers Piggery, Sharperton, was turned down by Northumberland County Council in December.

The reasons were that the ‘scale/massing of the development have an unacceptable impact on the landscape and the buildings are out of keeping with the location’.

But on Thursday, members of the north area planning committee were updated on the application and told that the scheme has been passed on appeal.

Inspector David Cullingford said that the buildings would be modest and would have no greater impact on the landscape than the original structures.

He said the scale, massing and visual impact of the structures would not intrude unacceptably within the landscape and would accord with policy.

• An application to extend a Longhoughton house has been given the go-ahead, despite objections. The scheme was to build a garden room, lounge and bedroom extension on a house in Springfield. The applicant also wanted to construct an enclosed hydrotherapy pool in the rear garden. It had sparked seven objections from residents, over proposed mass, scale and over-development of the host property. Members of the planning committee had visited the site after deferring the plans in May and approved the scheme by a unanimous decision.

• Two applications were withdrawn from Thursday night’s agenda. These were for outline permission to construct a dwelling house in the garden of a Christon Bank property an to allow the outside area to the front of The Joiners Arms, Newton-by-the-Sea, to be used until 11.30pm.