Bamburgh housing bid is rejected

A bid for new homes on the edge of Bamburgh has been rejected.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 4:15 pm

Planning officers had recommended that the applications be refused at last Thursday’s meeting of the North Northumberland Local Area Council.

The application was the first to go to committee since the North Northumberland Coast Neighbourhood Plan passed referendum last month, although a plan in Seahouses was discussed on the day of the vote.

In line with the key policy in that plan which aims to limit second/holiday homes, the proposal was for 10 principal occupancy dwellings, ranging from two to four-bedroom, on land east of The Friars, Radcliffe Road.

However, according to the planning officer’s report, it falls foul of other policies as it ‘proposes an inappropriate form of development outside of the settlement boundary’ and ‘would not represent appropriate development in the open countryside’.

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Tim Ferguson, speaking on behalf of The Friary Management Company, described it as ‘a speculative development’ which ‘risks sprawl along the B1342’.

Coun Andrew Bardgett, from Bamburgh Parish Council, said it would be ‘a complete kick in the teeth’ for everyone who worked on the neighbourhood plan if it were approved.

But Nicola Allan, the applicant’s agent, said there was no way it would set a precedent for ribbon development or other development in the open countryside. She also pointed out the scheme had been earmarked for approval earlier in the year and was a victim of the progress of the neighbourhood plan.

Moving refusal, Coun Guy Renner-Thompson said: “I do have some sympathy with the applicants, but a week is a long time as they say and policies change. You take that risk.”

Ben O’Connell , Local Democracy Reporting Service