Parish backs controversial resubmitted homes plans

A 3D view of the proposed housing scheme.
A 3D view of the proposed housing scheme.

A parish council has voted to support a scheme for eight new homes in a north Northumberland village, which has been tabled for the third time.

Members of Lesbury Parish Council voted by six to one to back plans for the new properties between Down House and Old School House on Riverside at a meeting last Tuesday.

The original application last year would have seen the demolition of three existing dwellings, the post office and associated outbuildings to be replaced by 20 new homes and a new post-office building.

It was condemned by residents, sparking a 400-name petition, while the parish council unanimously objected and it was withdrawn in September 2012.

Then in February this year, significantly amended plans were submitted, for the demolition of one existing outbuilding and the construction of eight new homes. This was turned down by the county council’s north area planning committee in August.

The new proposals would still see eight new properties, but they have been redesigned and the outbuilding will not be demolished.

The application has led to more than 20 objections from residents online.

And the parish council’s decision has sparked some criticism with a resident writing to the Gazette questioning how it represents democracy.

To see the letter in full, turn to Page 20.