Northumberland B&B expansion plans approved despite objections

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Plans to extend a Seahouses B&B to provide upgraded facilities, including a spa room, have been approved.

Michael Oxley, of Farne Island B&B had identified the need for larger, better quality rooms, to meet guest expectations.

The scheme, on Main Street, North Sunderland, includes upgraded bedroom space, one additional bedroom and extra dining and reception areas.

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A report submitted by the applicant stated: ‘The proposed design will enhance the streetscape, as the ‘carbuncle’ side extension of the 1990s will be obscured and a unified building will be presented to the Main Street.’

Farne Island B&B, Seahouses.Farne Island B&B, Seahouses.
Farne Island B&B, Seahouses.

It is an amended version of a previous application refused by Northumberland County Council and subsequently dismissed at appeal.

Planning officer Jon Sharp, approving the scheme using delegated powers, reported: ‘Prior to submitting the current application, the applicant has amended the scheme, which is reduced in scale from the previous iteration. The proposal is now of a scale and design whereby its visual impact would be acceptable.’

There were two objections raising concerns about overlooking, loss of light and disruption arising from the demolition and construction works.

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Mr Sharp stated: ‘It is considered there would not be any substantive impacts on amenity resulting from the proposal in terms of loss of light, outlook or privacy.

‘Comments received from the neighbour in respect of the potential for the proposed extension to block out sunlight from the front of their property are noted, however given the separation distance between the two properties (which sit on opposite sides of the highway), there would be no significant loss of light arising.’

The four existing parking spaces and path will be reconfigured to allow five cars to park.

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