Planning Committee

The proposed housing site in Sharperton.
The proposed housing site in Sharperton.

Affordable homes deal revived

A tiny hamlet looks set to get some affordable housing after members approved plans for a three-bedroom house at last Thursday’s meeting.

Ralph Holmes was prepared to sell three plots of land for £1 to the county council in return for allowing him to build a house for himself at Sharperton.

Separate holiday unit approved

Plans to separate a holiday unit from Weetwood Hall, near Wooler, were approved despite opposition from Tillside parish councillors. Applicant Innova Ltd sought to separate the holiday unit from the hall due to a potential change in business circumstances, which would result in the sale of the hall, but not the business.

Cottage changes against advice

Approval was granted to a scheme at Fern Cottage, in Back Crofts in Rothbury, against officer recommendation. The conservation officer had no objections to the changes , but the case planning officer recommended refusal, saying the scale and design did not respect the modest look of the cottage.

Fears for pupils overruled

Health and safety fears from a school were not enough to prevent retrospective permission being granted to a timber field shed near Branton Community First School. The headteacher and chairman of governors were worried about the proximity of bedding materials and animal foodstuff to young children.