Village housing proposals back for third time

A 3D view of the proposed housing scheme.
A 3D view of the proposed housing scheme.

A long-running bid to build new homes in a north Northumberland village is back before councillors tonight – and looks set to get the go-ahead.

Plans for eight properties on land between Down House and Old School House, on Lesbury’s Riverside, are recommended for approval at tonight’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee.

Despite more than 20 objections from residents, in December last year, members of Lesbury Parish Council voted by six to one to back the plans.

The original application in 2012 would have seen the demolition of three existing dwellings, the post office and outbuildings to be replaced by 20 new homes and a new post-office building.

It was condemned by residents, sparking a 400-name petition, while the parish council unanimously objected and it was withdrawn in September 2012.

Then in February 2013, significantly amended plans were submitted, for the demolition of one existing outbuilding and the construction of eight new homes. This was turned down by the committee in August.

The new proposals would still see eight new houses, but they have been redesigned and the outbuilding will remain.

• The Joiners Arms at Newton-by-the-Sea is again facing objections from residents. A scheme for a car park was rejected in the face of objections and now a proposal to allow the outside area to the front to be used until 11.30pm, by removing a condition, has sparked concerns. It is recommended for approval.

• Members are expected to make a decision on a ‘significant’ extension to a property in Springfield, Longhoughton, which has sparked objections. The plans, which would see the construction of an extension on either side of the house as well as a hydrotherapy pool, were deferred at the May meeting for a site visit.

• Plans for a shed in the garden of a property in Belle Vue Gardens, Alnwick, listed building consent for replacement windows at the Old Post Office in Chillingham, and an agricultural store on land south of The Shire, Waren Mill, are all set to get the green light despite objections from statutory consultees.

• A number of residents have supported plans for a new property in the garden of Springfield, 27 Christon Bank, saying it will provide a retirement home for the applicants and a short-term increase in work during the construction. However, councillors are recommended to refuse the plans tonight.