Village green bids could be rejected

AN inspector’s report has recommended that two applications to turn areas of land into village greens in Beadnell be rejected.

Northumberland County Council appointed Alan Evans to hear representations about why land at The Anchorage, or The Haven, and White Rock should or should not be designated as a village green.

The applications were made by James Williamson and Peter Gomersall, both members of the Save Beadnell Association, to prevent development on the sites.

But in an 80-page report from the inquiry, Mr Evans has said that both applications should be rejected.

Land can be designated as a village green if there have been ‘lawful sports or pastimes’ on it for a period of at least 20 years ‘without force, secrecy or permission’ and the applicants maintain that between 1990 and 2010, the two sites have been used by residents and visitors for a range of activities.

But the Beadnell Harbour Fishermen’s Society stated that the areas are former industrial sites used for fishing and no sports or pastimes have ever taken place there.

The applications came at the same time as planning proposals have been put in to develop land at the sites.

A spokeswoman for Northumberland County Council said: “The council appointed an independent inspector to consider these two applications to register land in Beadnell as town or village green.

“The inspector has recommended that both applications be rejected.

“The inspectors report will now be considered by the council’s rights of way committee on March 16.”