New plans lodged for redevelopment of Links House

Existing site for Beadnell planning application

Existing site for Beadnell planning application

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Scaled down plans for the redevelopment of a home set in the dunes between Beadnell and Seahouses have been submitted.

A previous plan for the site proved controversial and attracted numerous objections from local residents, Beadnell Parish Council and the Northumberland Coast AONB 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 Mr and Mrs Donnelly still intend to replace the single-storey former shepherd’s cottage.

Studio-SP Architects have held several discussions with the planning department and, as a result, significantly reduced the height of the proposal to lessen its visual impact. The new proposal sits lower than the existing bungalow.

It is also proposed to sink portions of the building into the ground to reduce the overall massing.

The architects say they have taken inspiration from the surrounding dunes to produce a flowing roof form.

“The silhouette blending into the dunes makes the building less conspicuous than the previous version,” they state in a planning report.

“Whilst the silhouettes observed from the west are more readily seen, the east elevation is likely to be unseen.

The original proposal was recommended for approval by planners and described as “a building with considerable presence” by planning officer Peter Rutherford. A report to councillors suggested the house would be “a beacon of contemporary architecture on the coast.”

But the north area planning committee refused it by six votes to one, labelling it an over-development.

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