A ‘minor amendment’ to an approved scheme for five new homes in Tweedmouth would actually have a major impact on neighbouring residents.
That’s was the unanimous view taken last week by members of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee.
The application, to allow the re-siting of two properties within the courtyard and the installation of roof lights as changes to the scheme at 11 Mill Strand, had been recommended for approval at a meeting of Northumberland County Council last Thursday.
But members unanimously refused the plans based on loss of privacy and overlooking for neighbouring properties.
In June 2012, the then councillor for Berwick North, Brian Douglas, succeeded in getting planning permission to develop the site at the fourth attempt.
His application to demolish dilapidated outbuildings and build five modest affordable town houses on the site was approved.
The new application came two years after a plan was refused by the north area planning committee because of the impact on the conservation area and surrounding residential amenity with loss of privacy to surrounding properties.
At last week’s meeting, it was clear that members felt some of these concern would return if the amendments were approved.
Speaking in opposition to the changes, Councillor Jim Smith said: “There’s no doubt that this yard needs to be developed.
“We worked for 10 years to get an amicable solution and that was what we thought we had until this application.
“Residents feel that it’s unacceptable and that they are not minor amendments.”
Two earlier applications for the site, the first in 2006 for seven dwellings and the second in 2008 for five homes, were refused by Berwick Borough Council and then on appeal because it was deemed to be out of character with the conservation area.