Councillors will go and inspect site
A decision on whether to build nine new houses and a 14-unit camping/caravan site on land behind the historic Blue Bell Hotel, in Belford, has been deferred for county councillors to have a site visit.
Moorlands Holdings North East, the hotel’s owner, wants to build five three-storey homes, cut into the hillside, on what used to be part of the hotel’s kitchen garden, but has been unused for more than 20 years.
A further four homes are planned in a field bounded to the east by St Mary’s churchyard, reached by an extended access road.
The lower half of the field, north and west of St Cuthbert’s Drive, would host seven glamping pods, four touring caravan pitches and three static caravan sites, as well as a toilet/shower block on the footprint of an existing derelict farm building which would be demolished.