Modifications to Walkergate offices approved by council

Modifications to the former Kwik Save building on Walkergate in Berwick have been approved.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 14 January, 2017, 07:49
New offices on Walkergate, Berwick.

A retrospective application by developers Arch for permission to install a new mechanically ventilated system was unanimously approved by Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee last Tuesday.

Councillors heard the ventilation system had required the introduction of eight external roof cowls.

Concerns had been raised by Berwick Town Council and a neighbour about noise associated with the vents and their visual impact.

But Cllr Dougie Watkin moved approval, saying: “They (the external roof cowls) break up the outline of the roof if anything and the seagulls need somewhere to sit.”

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He added: “The money that has been spent on the building, I’m amazed they forgot to put the vents in.”

The planning officer’s report had explained the ‘vast majority of spaces within the building are naturally ventilated. The roof cowls provide a means of fresh air intake and exhaust from a few small internal spaces where natural ventilation is not feasible’.

Members agreed with officer recommendation that the changes did not have an unacceptably adverse impact on the appearance.

Chartered accountancy firm Greaves West and Ayre is due to move into the new offices later this month.