Plans for 11 flats on Marygate revealed

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A former mayor of Berwick has raised parking concerns about plans to build 11 new flats in the town centre.

Alan Bowlas has lodged an objection to an application for six two-bed flats and five single-bed flats on Marygate, behind Caffe Nero.

Edinburgh-based Arboretum Village Property Co wants to demolish a former print workshop to make way for the flats.

Mr Bowlas, of nearby Bankhill, said: “There is no on-site parking due to its locations. This means in theory there could be an additional 11+ applications for residents permits to park on Marygate and elsewhere in town, adding to an already difficult parking situation.”

He has also objected to the scale and height of the proposal which he believes should be reduced by at least four flats so it is only two storeys high.

However, no objections have been raised by Annette Reeves, conservation officer at Northumberland County Council.

A report to planners states: “The residential proposal adopts the same footprint as the existing building and retains and enlarges the courtyard. This ensures that the new building will have no more impact on neighbouring buildings than the existing building.”

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