Mousen housing plan submitted to council

Plans to convert farm buildings into eight new homes in the steading of Middle Mousen, near Belford, have been lodged.

Friday, 27th January 2017, 7:50 am

The application, which also includes the refurbishment of a further three cottages, has been submitted by estate agent Strutt & Parker on behalf of the Shaftoe Educational Foundation.

The farm buildings, to the west of the A1, are being lined up for conversion to residential use because advances in agriculture have made them redundant.

In addition to this, the modern agricultural building at the west of the site is proposed to be converted into a biomass boiler house to serve the residential units and provide additional storage space.

In a supporting statement, James McDonald, of Strutt & Parker, states: ‘We believe that this proposal will not only support the services in the nearby settlement of Belford but also create a further sense of place on the Mousen Estate adding to the eight residential properties on the Estate currently in occupation.

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‘The change of use will provide a range of dwellings which will have social benefits by increasing housing supply in the rural area. There is one existing dwelling occupied currently in the curtilage of the steading outside of the application and three further disused cottages. The realisation of this conversion would create a renewed sense of purpose for the site and enable the Shaftoe Educational Foundation to further its philanthropic works.’

The current Mousen junction was deemed unsuitable for intensification of use and therefore this application proposes that all vehicular access from the development to the minor road to the south will be closed. A junction 132m to the north of the current Mousen junction is proposed.

An ecological survey has revealed some evidence of bats but no barn owls.

‘It is believed that the scheme as proposed complies with all relevant and current planning policies,’ adds Mr McDonald in his report.