Plans to develop Tweedmouth site are back on track

A housing developer has won an appeal over the refusal of plans for 30 new homes next to Cornhill Road in Tweedmouth.

Friday, 18th March 2016, 08:49 am
Updated Thursday, 17th March 2016, 12:03 pm
Maden Eco villa style house granted planning at the Cornhill Road development.

The scheme was refused by Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee in December 2014, despite a recommendation for approval from planning officers.

That followed concerns raised by Simpsons Malt and Alchema, both based on the nearby industrial estate, about the possible impact of noise on residents.

Berwick-based developer Simon Maden challenged that decision as he said objections from the two businesses were not backed up with any technical reports to substantiate their claims.

The appeal inspector said: “At the time of my visit, although a very low background hum was audible from close to the industrial estate, the most noticeable noise was that of passing traffic.”

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He pointed out that Mr Maden’s noise assessment reports had been scrutinised by the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.

Although both previously objected to a larger proposal, neither objected to the revised scheme.

The inspector concluded: “The proposal would be a sustainable form of development, having regard to the effect on the current operation of the adjacent industrial estate and its possible future expansion as well as the living conditions of future residential occupants in terms of noise.

Mr Maden said: “Maden Eco are pleased with the outcome of the appeal which will now allow some quality low energy homes to be built for the first-time buyers and middle market of Berwick-upon-Tweed.”

The inspector also ruled that costs associated with the appeal should be awarded to Mr Maden.