Plans to convert Spittal fishing shiel are welcomed

Plans to convert an historic fishing shiel in Spittal have been welcomed by Berwick Town Council.

Friday, 25th November 2016, 7:44 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 9:27 am

Spittal Improvement Trust’s application to regenerate the Sandstell shiel has already received listed building consent from Northumberland County Council.

It has now lodged a planning application to use one side of the shiel as a bunkhouse, for visiting walkers and cyclists, and the other as a café.

Mayor Ivor Dixon said: “I am delighted that people are keen to turn this abandoned building into a café and bunkhouse.

“It’s stood derelict for years and could have been knocked down years ago so I’m pleased there are plans to retain an important part of Spittal’s heritage.

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“If it gets up and running, I expect there will be lots of people visiting it.”

Cllr Catherine Seymour, at Tuesday night’s town council planning committee meeting, said: “This designated heritage asset will preserve and enhance this listed building within the Spittal conservation area. I think these plans are good for the building and good for Spittal.”

Cllr Gregah Roughead added: “It’s good to see something being done which is not going to completely destroy the building and will help support the local economy.”

Northumberland County Council will make the final decision on the application.

Spittal Improvement Trust still needs to find more funding to get to the stage where it can do the physical work of restoration.