Resubmitted plans recommended for refusal again

A resubmitted bid to build new homes in the open countryside at Old Swarland is again set to be turned down.
The site east of Old Hall Farm.The site east of Old Hall Farm.
The site east of Old Hall Farm.

At tonight’s meeting of the North Northumberland Local Area Council, the scheme, for five open-market homes and two affordable homes to rent on land east of Old Hall Farm, is recommended for refusal.

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The variation, for a house in Hepple, is recommended for approval.

When the permission for a dwelling at West Croft was granted in June 2005, the section 106 said that it had to be sold to a local person(s) at discount market value. The applicant has set out a number of reasons for removing the obligation and planning officers conclude that it does not accord with current policies.

The application was called in by Coun Steven Bridgett, but the change is supported by Hepple Parish Council, which stressed that this should not be taken as precedent for future developments.