Limekilns repair scheme

Beadnell Lime Kilns containing lobster pots.

Beadnell Lime Kilns containing lobster pots.

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Repair works at the iconic Beadnell limekilns have received planning permission from Northumberland County Council.

Concerns had been raised about the dangers of the structure following the partial collapse of the most southerly kiln on the seaward side and concerns about previous repairs which has left reinforced concrete beams exposed to the elements.

The National Trust had submitted a planning application seeking permission to carry out the work on the Grade II listed kilns, now used as stores by local fishermen.

A report to planners states: “The condition of the concrete is dangerous and the National Trust wish to carry out a permanent repair to the front beam and the concrete slab both for reasons of public safety and to enable this area to be opened up to the public.

Works will also be carried out to repair gabions damaged in the recent storms.

Planning officer Ros Duncan said: “The development is necessary to safeguard the designated heritage assets.”

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