North Area PlanningCommittee

Backing for change of use

Permission has been granted to a scheme in Chathill, despite objections from neighbours and Ellingham Parish Council.

The application was for the change of use from waste garden to garden land and the erection of two garden sheds at land north east of number six Station Cottages.

Objections to the plan included size and scale of the sheds, their intended use and questions over land ownership.

But planning officers recommended the scheme be approved, with conditions, because it would utilise this piece of land.

They claimed the change of use and the siting of two sheds would not unduly harm the amenities of the neighbouring residents or appear out of character with the appearance of the surrounding area.

Members voted unanimously in favour of the plan.

Supporting the scheme, Coun Gordon Castle pointed out that the conservation officer had not raised any objections.

Homes plans for historic area are thrown out

A housing plan in a north Northumberland village has been kicked out on a majority decision to protect the area’s historic character.

The scheme, for two one-and-a-half-storey properties in garden ground of a property on Castle Street, Norham, had been recommended for refusal by planning officers.

The county’s conservation team had said the development would have a ‘negative impact on the character and appearance of the Norham Conservation Area’ and much of the significance of the conservation area lies in the medieval burgage layout, which would be ‘harmed’ by the proposal.

However, Coun Dougie Watkin, the local ward member, spoke in support of the scheme.

He felt it would maintain the integrity of the burgage plot, would help ‘reproduce suburbia’ and noted no objections from neighbours.

Support for rural areas as advice is overturned

A scheme to build a bungalow in the hamlet of Bolton has been approved – despite being recommended for refusal – after councillors said it was crucial to support rural economies.

Resident Jennifer Armstrong submitted the plan for the two-bedroom property on land south-east of her Kennels Cottage home, on Titlington Lane.

She said it would allow her to continue living in the area by downsizing to a more sustainable and affordable development, as her current home is in need of a major refurbishment and insulation to bring it up to modern standards.

The scheme received five letters of support, including that it would allow the applicant to remain in the village and would support local services.

Planning officers said it should be turned down because it was not considered to be a sustainable form of development, but the majority of members voted to support the plan.

Coun Isabel Hunter said: “We have to help the rural economy, otherwise we’ll have no one living in our rural economies.”