Objections fail to halt poly-tunnel

A PLAN to install a poly-tunnel on Longramlington farmland was unanimously approved by members, despite objections to the scheme.

The application, for a general-purpose structure on land north of Dene House to store tractor implements and house ewes during lambing or severe weather conditions, had been deferred from the previous meeting after councillors chose to have a site visit.

But this time round, the bid, submitted by Grant Shields, was given the go-ahead, having been recommended for approval, subject to conditions, by planning officers.

The application had received an objection from Longframlington Parish Council over fears of increased traffic on Harrogate Lane, as well as a string of other protests from nearby residents, who hit out at the plan on a number of grounds, including the layout and siting of the poly-tunnel and the potential for future development.

But Coun Anthony Murray said that members had to look at the application in front of them and any further developments would need to go before members.

He added that councillors needed to be ‘mindful of the needs of agriculture in this day and age’ and felt that a poly-tunnel was necessary.

Coun Trevor Thorne said he ‘reluctantly’ supported the bid but understood traffic concerns and admitted residents had seen ‘a lot of local development’.

Coun Gordon Castle asked for a specific reference to be made in the conditions to the colour of the poly-tunnel.