Decision day on plans to convert former Northumberland pub into homes

A county councillor’s bid to convert a former Northumberland pub into homes is recommended for approval next week.

By Ben O'Connell
Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 12:50 pm
The former Harrow Inn in Tweedmouth.
The former Harrow Inn in Tweedmouth.

The application, for the former Harrow Inn on the corner of Kiln Hill and Main Street in Tweedmouth, seeks permission to change the use of the pub and owner’s accommodation into four residential apartments, including external alterations and a first-floor rear extension.

It is recommended for approval at the Tuesday, August 4, meeting of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee.

Planning officers made the recommendation after considering the plans, and feedback on the proposals from a consultation period.

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There would be three three-bedroom units and one with two bedrooms. Three of the homes would be within the stone section of the property, two on a single level and one split over the ground and first floors, while the fourth would comprise the former two-storey brick outbuilding.

Four trees are to be removed to the rear of the site, but replacement planting is proposed – the latter being the only comment made by Berwick Town Council.

The proposal has sparked no objections and three letters of support, but it has to be decided by councillors as the applicant is Cllr Guy Renner-Thompson, the ward member for Bamburgh who actually serves on the strategic planning committee.

The site is within Tweedmouth Conservation Area, but the council’s building conservation officer does not have any concerns.

Approval would be subject to a £1,845 ecological contribution towards the local authority’s coastal mitigation service.

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