Quayside holiday home approved

The Saluting Battery in Berwick for proposed holiday accomodation.

The Saluting Battery in Berwick for proposed holiday accomodation.

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Plans to create a holiday cottage on Berwick quayside have been unanimously approved by county planners despite concerns that it could flood.

The former Saluting Battery will be converted into a one bedroom home by local businessman William Leith.

Coun Brian Douglas said the property looked ‘very unsightly’ at the moment.

The property is located directly below the Quay Walls and adjacent to the Elizabethan ramparts with superb views over the River Tweed.

Five letters of objection were written, all raising concerns about the risk of flooding in the Tweed estuary.

However, the developer says that no flooding concerns were raised by the Environment Agency during pre-application consultation. The agency had no objection following submission of a revised flood risk assessment.

The application was determined by Northumberland County Council’s north area committee on Thursday night.

In his report, planning officer James Reilly states: “The proposal would reuse an existing building without causing detriment to highway safety, flood risk, the historic environment or residential amenity.”

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