Cornhill plan resubmitted

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Controversial plans to build seven new affordable homes in Cornhill have been resubmitted.

An application by local resident Eric Grounds for outline planning permission to develop land north west of Oaklea Lodge was withdrawn in April.

However, he insisted the project was ‘entirely appropriate’ and indicated at the time that was keen to submit a fresh application in due course.

He wants to build two terraces comprising four three-bedroom and three two-bedroom houses.

Last time, his plans were criticised by several local residents and concerns were raised by Northumberland County Council’s conservation officer about its proximity to historic buildings.

Mr Grounds, the former owner of Cornhill House, was also accused of ‘garden grabbing by the back door’. He had retained a piece of land attached to the property after the sale. Half of the field would remain a protective buffer for Cornhill House.

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