Shooting compound plans approved

A PLANNING application from the Ministry of Defence to construct a shooting compound in Northumberland National Park has been approved by the authority.

The plans are for three shooting house structures and a partial perimeter fence at Quickening Cote Battle Shooting Area, Otterburn.

The application was considered by the authority’s development management committee last month where it was deferred by members until further information was provided to enable the authority to fully assess the impact of the development on biodiversity, particularly ground nesting birds.

Chairman of the committee Rachel Pearson said: “Members considered that the temporary consent will mitigate the potential negative impacts on the landscape of the National Park and the further information provided by the Ministry of Defence has demonstrated that there will not be a negative impact on ground nesting birds.”

Chairman of the authority John Riddle said: “We accept that to meet military training needs there has to be development on the training area and indeed have approved three similar applications on the Otterburn Training Area since March this year.”