Committee divided on Horncliffe plan

Plans for a new bungalow and garage in a rural location at Horncliffe were narrowly approved this week, against the advice of planning officers.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 02 April, 2017, 07:17
County Hall, Morpeth, headquarters for Northumberland County Council.

At Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning committee, the scheme, for land at Riverain, to the north of Chain Bridge Honey Farm, was given the green light by six votes to five.

The application had been recommended for refusal due to it being an unsustainable location for development in the open countryside, but it had sparked no objections and garnered support from the parish council and ward member Dougie Watkin.

Coun John Woodman said: “It’s very important to have permanent residences in the rural areas and this provides an opportunity.”

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But Coun Anne Dale was concerned that it would set a precedent.

An initial motion to refuse the bid was rejected before it was approved.