Plans approved for a guesthouse at '¨ex-police station

Plans to convert Wooler's former police station into a guesthouse has been approved.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 8:15 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:51 am

The scheme for the Grade II listed property, at 17 Church Street, received the green light from Northumberland County Council planning officers using delegated authority.

Planning officer Ragu Sittambalam said the conversion required only slight alterations to provide bed-and-breakfast rooms plus owners’ accommodation.

“The works proposed are minor and are necessary to facilitate the change of use,” he reported.

The change of use will result in a five-bedroom guesthouse with three-bedroom owners’ accommodation set on the first floor to the rear of the building.

There was one initial objection from a neighbour but this was withdrawn when an amended parking plan was submitted.

“The proposal would bring the building back into use, having previously served as a police station,” added Mr Sittambalam. “The proposed use is not considered to lead to a significant intensification in site activity and is compatible in use given the edge-of-town-centre location.”

Applicants Mr and Mrs Connolly hope the guesthouse will be well used by walkers doing the St Cuthbert’s Way long-distance footpath.

In addition, they also want to create a space that could be used to host a yearly Silent Santa for special needs children and their families.

Police now occupy space in the Cheviot Centre.