Seaside home plan approved

A NEW home in a seaside village was given the green light despite objectors describing it as a microwave.

The plan to build the two-storey, detached home of contemporary design on Harbour Road in Beadnell was approved last night at Northumberland County Council’s area planning committee north after the decision had been deferred for members to go on a site visit.

James Williamson, of the Save Beadnell Association, said: “This is the wrong development in the wrong place, irrespective of the time.”

He added that in discussions in the village, the appearance of the building had been described as being like a microwave.

But members felt that the wide mix of architectural styles on Harbour Road meant that these plans for a contemporary-style property would not be out of place.

They also considered that the size of the property in relation to the size of the site and other properties was not unacceptable. The height of the proposed house has been reduced since an earlier proposal.

Coun Trevor Thorne said: “The interesting thing for me about Harbour Road is the mix of housing styles. There are similar properties on that road that it will complement.”

For full reports on this and other plans from last night’s area planning committee north, see next Thursday’s Gazette.