Despite continued objections from residents and the parish council, a bid for two holiday cottages near Bamburgh was given the go-ahead this week.
At Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s new planning and rights of way committee, members unanimously approved the scheme for a pair of semi-detached, single-storey units at Dukesfield, which had previously been turned down by the north area planning committee in September 2013.
The previous application was for detached, two-storey properties, which were thought to impact on the local area and on the setting of Dukesfield farmhouse, a grade II-listed building. The refusal was upheld on appeal.
However, the council’s conservation officer had no objections this time and nor did the highways officer, despite road-safety and parking issues being cited by objectors. New passing places are being installed as part of the plans.
Matthew Simpson, of George F White, on behalf of neighbouring residents, said: “We fail to see how the new plans have adequately addressed problems relating to parking and access.”
Coun John Woodman highlighted similar concerns on behalf of the parish council.