Concern at plan for Lowick homes

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Plans for eight new detached homes in Lowick have met with concerns from parish councillors and local residents.

Mary Clare Wallace from Tweedmouth and Berwick-based Yeoman Architecture have submitted the application for a greenfield site off South Road.

They are proposing four bedroom properties made of natural stone and coloured render with natural slate roofs.

However, LOowick Parish Council suggests the proposed development is not in keeping with the surrounding houses which are predominantly terraced stone houses.

They have also expressed concerns that there is no provision for affordable housing when there are a number of expensive houses already for sale in the village.

Parish councillors were also disappointed that the plans were not discussed with them at the pre-application stage. The site is close to The Common, an iconic area of the village.

There are also concerns about the height of the houses and the increase in traffic they would bring.

Janine Monaghan of Church Road said: “Currently there are a number of large houses and building plots suitable for large houses on the market in the village. Some of these have been for sale for considerable periods without success.

“This indicates there is no need for this type of housing within the village, whilst smaller properties sell quickly. There is a need for affordable homes for local people.”

Mr and Mrs Bone, of South Road, add: “Our cottage will be dwarfed by the buildings.”

The plans indicate 16 parking spaces. The site is designated for residential development in the local plan and there have been no previous planning applications for the site.

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