Mixed reaction to new plans for coastal cottage

Plans from Link House, from the beach

Plans from Link House, from the beach

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Amended plans to demolish and replace a single-story former shepherd’s cottage near Beadnell have met with a mixed response in the village.

Revised plans for the redevelopment of the Link House, which is set in the dunes between Beadnell and Seahouses, were submitted in June.

Since then Northumberland County Council has received 60 letters of objection. However, 42 messages of support have also been submitted.

A previous plan for the site proved controversial and attracted numerous objections because of its size.

Those plans were refused by Northumberland County Council in 2012 and a subsequent appeal dismissed.

The new plans, lodged on behalf of owners Ged and Norma Donnelly, still intend to replace the single-storey cottage, but Studio-SP Architects have significantly reduced the height of the proposal to lessen its visual impact, with the new house set to sit lower than the existing bungalow.

However, many villagers remain unimpressed with the plans. Both Beadnell and North Sunderland Parish Councils have submitted objections, believing that its scale, height, massing and materials would have an adverse effect on the special character of the area.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Northumberland Coast AONB and the Save Beadnell Association also object.

James Williamson of the Save Beadnell Association said the scheme was “a mass of blank wall and tin roof which looks like a big warehouse”.

He added: “All of this proposed two storey development is to replace a small single storey cottage that nestles in the dunes.

“This will be a blight on the beautiful landscape of our Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coast.”

However, Chris Brown, a regular visitor to Beadnell, said: “I visit this area of the coast on a regular basis and have done for many years. In my opinion the area would benefit from an injection of money and people.

“Coastal areas are under threat from coastal erosion and this puts off buyers and investors in the area. Sympathetic development of an existing property should be welcomed with open arms.”

The North area planning committee has visited the site, with the plans due to be considered at a future meeting.

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