Do we want a troglodyte community?

The Planning Inspector’s rejection of an appeal to allow an unacceptable over-development of the Links site near Beadnell is vindication of the planning committee’s decision to ignore yet again the county planning department’s recommendations.

It also highlights the deplorable failure of the planning department to apply planning policies. But for the planning committee a precedent would have been set, which would have led to a flood of applications to destroy and redevelop more of Northumberland’s rustic buildings and heritage. These assets hold the story of man’s interaction with this landscape that stretches back hundreds of years.

The planning department should be taking a leading role in ensuring that these historic links with the past and the precious natural assets that Northumberland still has are preserved. In this the planning department fails lamentably. It fails because it argues perversely that these ‘man-made interventions on the coastline’ actually enhance coastal land. Such ridiculous unbelievable comments were made, I am convinced, to pander to the interests of a wealthy few who have the arrogance to think that it is their right to build massive structures that will in reality dominate and degrade large areas of our protected AONB.

The (unsolicited?) highly-subjective descriptions in support of proposed developments that have emanated from the planning department are what one would expect from a company with the name North Northumberland Prestige Developments rather than a county council department. One can only but speculate about the real reason that certain individuals in the planning department have for wanting to surrender the interests of the many for the benefit of a wealthy few. What cannot be denied is that the planning department is doing all in its power to secure for these individuals domination of the landscape that the robber barons could achieve for themselves centuries ago only by force.

At the planning meeting on June 20, the planning department will no doubt be seeking approval for developers to build the ‘earth shelter’ on Harbour Road in Beadnell. All proposals to build on the coastal side of Harbour Road have been supported by the planning department despite the fact that legitimate reasons to develop this coastal land do not exist. Having been thwarted by the planning committee that has objected to buildings above ground level, developers have now come up with the idea of underground development.

It will no doubt be ‘sold’ as being a unique, innovative, iconic, landmark beacon of impeccable design and taste by the planning department. Despite all this verbose rubbish, it is still illegitimate development of protected coastal land. The coastal land will be compromised from the activity of extensive pilling and the coastline dramatically altered as a consequence of the construction of substantial sea defences.

If approved it will set a precedent that would lead to flurry of applications for the super wealthy to dominate Beadnell’s beaches with shoreline homes. Do we really want a troglodyte community residing on Beadnell’s beaches?

Mr G Wilde,