Town councillors voice concern on housing plans

Berwick Town Council has called for planners to make a site visit before making a decision on an application for homes in the grounds of St Aidan's House.

Sunday, 17th September 2017, 08:11 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th September 2017, 13:13 pm
St Aidan's House, Berwick

Michael Guthrie Developments, which already has permission to convert the former school building into six homes, has proposed three three-storey townhouses overlooking the historic ramparts.

However, members of the town council’s planning committee have raised several concerns about the proposal.

Among them, they questioned whether this was piecemeal over-development of a sensitive and historic site.

They also queried whether there was sufficient parking and called for a robust scheme of archaeological monitoring should the application be approved.

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Councillors noted that better elevation drawings were available on the revised plans but felt there was still insufficient context for decision-makers to understand the relationship of the proposed dwellings to the surrounding historic site.

Members also expressed concerns about aspects of the design, with regard to the possible creation of balconies on the south-facing elevations.

There have also been several objections from local residents.

However, there is also support for the developer’s plans which would transform what is currently an eyesore.