Townhouses plan for St Aidan's yard is withdrawn again

Plans for three townhouses in the grounds of St Aidan's House in Berwick have been withdrawn for a second time.

Saturday, 23rd December 2017, 06:53 am
St Aidan's House, Berwick

It follows concerns raised by the conservation department at Northumberland County Council which called for an in-depth heritage study to be submitted.

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Ian McCaffery, building conservation officer, said: “Building conservation consider that the current scheme, due to its inappropriate design and materials, scale, massing, layout and position set forward within the site, causes substantial harm to the significance of the extremely sensitive heritage assets, both individually and collectively and hence cannot be supported.

“Building conservation are also concerned regarding the appropriateness of any built form on this area of open land, due to the sensitivity of its location adjacent to some very important Grade II-listed buildings and the scheduled monument and the current views through to St Aidan’s House, which would be lost as part of any development.”

The applicant, Michael Guthrie Developments, already has permission to convert the former hostel into six homes.