Planners recommend Amble development for approval

A computer-generated image (CGI) of the application for the former Signal Cottage site in Amble.
A computer-generated image (CGI) of the application for the former Signal Cottage site in Amble.

Plans to replace a demolished bungalow on the Northumberland coast with a complex containing three residential units looks set to be given the green light this week.

The proposals for the former Signal Cottage site, in Amble, are recommended for approval at Thursday’s (April 19) meeting of the county council’s North Northumberland Local Area Council.

The scheme was set to go before councillors last month, but the application was withdrawn from the agenda in the run-up to the meeting.

The building, whose ground level would be partially sunk below the existing ground level by one metre, would contain three private dwellings.

The applicant originally submitted plans that included one residential unit and three holiday let units, but spread over three floors.

Following discussions with the council’s planning team, it was agreed to reduce it to two storeys containing three units and alter the external appearance.

The scheme has been opposed by Amble Town Council, which has objected on the grounds of ‘gross over-development, it being a very prominent feature on the landscape and coastline compared to the original building’.

It also sparked 13 letters of objection from residents and one letter of support.

However, the planning officer’s report concludes: ‘It is considered that the appearance, scale and materials of the proposal is acceptable, and that the proposed development would not have a detrimental impact on the character of the landscape or the street scene. In addition, the proposal would be acceptable in relation to access and highways safety’.

By Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service