Hopes Douglas and Dixon fishing family names will live on in new 45-home Beadnell scheme

Councillors have called for a coastal community’s fishing heritage to be recognised in a new housing development.
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Beadnell Parish Council was asked for its input towards the street names for Northumberland Estates’ new 45-home scheme now under construction.

Cllr Jen Hall, vice chairman, said: “There is a history of Beadnell Parish Council putting forward names for developments such as at Kennedy Green and St Ebba’s Way.

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"I like the idea of a fishing theme which reflects the village and community.”

The Kilns at Beadnell.The Kilns at Beadnell.
The Kilns at Beadnell.

Councillors agreed to suggest Coble Way, Douglas and Drive and Dixon Place.

"I quite like Coble Way and Douglas and Dixon are the two fishing names that have come down through history from the 1800s right up until the present time and it would be nice to reflect the history,” said Cllr Hall.

"I checked with the families to see if they would be in agreement rather than just springing this on them, although it is not our decision, but they said it would be very nice if it happened.”

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She was not so keen on a suggestion to name one of the streets Yew Glen.

“That’s the name of a shipwreck which doesn’t strike the right note for me,” she said.

The Bondgate Homes development seeks to revitalise the community by restricting sales of the new homes to primary residence buyers.

All buyers must register their new address as their primary residence on the electoral role, and this restriction will be continued should they decide to sell.

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Beadnell has among the highest proportion of holiday and second homes in the country. Figures from the 2011 census show that 55.3% of homes in the village were not permanently occupied.

The scheme, which has been named ‘The Kilns’ due to the presence of historic lime kilns on the site, will include a mix of styles of which nine will be affordable housing reserved for local residents.

Some of the houses will be dormer bungalow designed to appeal to the elderly or those looking to downsize.

Anyone requiring more information on The Kilns development either for the private or affordable housing should visit the Bondgate Home website at www.bondgatehomes.co.uk

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