Scores of objections to amended plans for housing development on Northumberland coast

Almost 100 objections have now been lodged over amended plans for a proposed housing development on the Northumberland coast.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 6:00 am

Northumberland Estates already has outline planning permission for 45 homes on a greenfield site south of Kennedy Green in Beadnell.

The bid has sparked a wave of opposition with 97 letters of objection now lodged with Northumberland County Council.

Swinhoe Road in Beadnell.

The majority highlight concerns at the proposal to change the route of the road and, in particular, the visual impact this would have. Others fear it could pave the way for further development.

Beadnell Parish Council has also lodged an objection after 23 members of the public attended a planning meeting to voice their concerns.

“If the developer wishes to create an access route which is different to the approved access route then they should make a full application to do so and withdraw this application,” states the parish council in its letter of objection.

“Beadnell Parish Council understands that the principle of development for 45 new homes has been established and does not contest this.

‘However, Beadnell Parish Council would like to point out again that Northumberland Estates have consistently promised community benefits as part of their development proposals throughout the village, but have delivered none whatsoever.”

The parish council intends to ask a Northumberland Estates representative to attend its next planning meeting to discuss the proposal.

Northumberland Estates had previously explained that the amendment was required following further ground and drainage investigations.

However, it is understood the county council is currently awaiting the submission of an amended plan from Northumberland Estates.

Senior planning officer Tony Lowe, in a letter to local resident Andy Brown, said: “We are currently awaiting the submission of an amended plan concerning the proposed access which should reflect the earlier consent, but we will need to see what is submitted before we can confirm any details of acceptance.”A range of dwellings are envisaged, including nine affordable homes and 36 units for private sale, with vehicular access provided off Swinhoe Road.