Plans for new tourism development in Beadnell set to get the green light

Plans for a new tourism development at one of the most popular spots on the Northumberland coast are set to get the green light.
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A planning application for eight eco-pods, four timber-frame cabins and three retail kiosks on a site near The Landing restaurant in Beadnell is being recommended for approval.

A single storey side extension to The Landing, which is already in place, also forms part of the application.

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The item is due to be determined by members of the North Northumberland Local Area Committee on Thursday.

The proposed development site in Beadnell. Picture: GoogleThe proposed development site in Beadnell. Picture: Google
The proposed development site in Beadnell. Picture: Google

Applicant Stephen Dixon of Windsor Projects is proposing the prefabricated eco-pods would cater for “watersports enthusiasts, coastal walkers and short stay visitors” and that, rather than acting as fully independent self-catering apartments, they would act as ‘rooms’ associated with the restaurant.

They would be tucked away behind a mounded grass feature on the south west of the site, created as part of the previous housing development.

The beach-hut style kiosks would offer local businesses an opportunity to set up either pop up units or on a long term basis, as at Amble harbour village.

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However, the parish council has objected with concerns that a further expansion of holiday accommodation could have a negative impact on the community and visitor experience.

There have been 31 objections and 33 letters of support.

Planning officer James Hudson reports: “While it is acknowledged that the development will have a visual impact on the immediate landscape and AONB on balance the proposed development is considered to be acceptable.”

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