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Cornhill plans withdrawn

Author Eric Grounds of Berwick who has written a book about wagers placed at dinner tables through history in Berwick and around the world.

Author Eric Grounds of Berwick who has written a book about wagers placed at dinner tables through history in Berwick and around the world.

Controversial plans to build seven new affordable homes in Cornhill have been withdrawn - for the time being.

An application for outline planning permission had been lodged by former resident Eric Grounds, who now lives in Branxton.

He wanted to build two terraces comprising four three-bedroom and three two-bedroom houses on land north west of Oaklea Lodge.

However, 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.

Susan Dorrian, of Ptarmigan, said it was a case of ‘garden grabbing by the back door’.

“The applicant and former owner of Cornhill House retained an innocuous piece of land attached to the property after the sale and is now proposing a ‘development’ completely out of keeping with the main site,” she said.

Concerns were also raised about the number of existing planning permissions in the Cornhill area already but Mr Grounds insists the demand is there for affordable housing as evidenced by an independent report which concluded the village could support seven to 10 affordable homes.

He had envisaged using half of the field closest to the house as a protective buffer for Cornhill House.

“My opinion is that the project is entirely appropriate but the council’s conservation officer had some concerns,” he said. “I therefore decided to withdraw the application and look at submitting a fresh application in due course.”

 

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