Residents rejoice as Northumberland pub car park plans are refused.

A site visit at the proposed Joiner's Arms car park.
A site visit at the proposed Joiner's Arms car park.

Villagers cheered as plans to create a 32-space car park behind their homes was refused last night.

The residents, who all live at High Newton, were opposed to plans by Duncan Fisher, owner of the Joiner’s Arms pub in the village, which would have seen the space opened up at the back of Town Close and provide parking facilities.

At last night’s Northumberland County Council north area planning committee meeting officers had recommended that the proposal be approved.

But councillors went against the advice and voted to refuse the plans because of the impact on householders.

Speaking in objection to the plans, Town Close resident Kim Silk, said: “This car park will have an intolerable impact on our lives. There will be a considerable loss of privacy and Town Close residents will be affected four times for every vehicle that parks there. There will also be a significant visual impact on us and there are flooding concerns as the car park would be higher than our properties. If the application was approved you would be voting to destroy the lives of seven people who live permanently in Town Close, that is one third of the population of our village.”

The meeting also heard that there are other areas that should be looked at as there is a need for a car park to alleviate parking congestion associated with the pub.

At the meeting, Duncan Fisher said he has made a £6million investment in Newton-by-the-Sea in the last five years and £1million of that has been at the Joiner’s Arms.

But he added that if the plans were refused there would be ‘significant changes’ and could be redundancies.

Proposing the refusal of the plans, Coun Gordon Castle said: “We have to think about the interests of the residents as well as the interests of the business. There is a danger here that the interests of the business are going to outweigh the interests of the village. I do think there is a need for a car park but looking at the quality of life of residents whose properties overlook the car park you can see they would be adversely affected.”

A majority vote saw the car park refused. Coun Trevor Thorne was in favour of the plans and said: “This is a very popular eating establishment which has drawn a lot of people to High Newton and there is a great need for car parking.”