Waterworks site earmarked for new homes
Northumbrian Water has lodged outline plans to redevelop land for 10 homes at Dock Road in Tweedmouth.
It wants to convert the vacant pumping station into six apartments and build four three-bedroom homes on a site offering prime views over the River Tweed.
The pumping station, also known as the Borough Water Works, and neighbouring covered reservoir, has become surplus to the operational requirements of Northumbrian Water.
Planning consultants Lichfield, on behalf of Northumbrian Water, said: ‘The development will secure the future of a vacant building which has an important role in the history and evolution of Tweedmouth and deliver significant improvements to the site when compared to the existing situation.’
Assurances have been given that the development, if approved, would have no impact on the neighbouring Goodie Patchy woodland.
Existing on-street parking is proposed to be used for the four new properties. A further four parking spaces would be provided in the curtilage on the existing pumping station.
Local residents have been made aware of the proposals through a leaflet drop with 74 per cent agreeing that the number of new homes proposed was appropriate and well designed.
However, a small number of people were concerned that this proposal would set a precedent for additional housing development, while others felt the smell from the nearby shellfish factory would deter potential buyers. An odour assessment has been carried out by the applicant and further ‘sniff tests’ will be done.
The waterworks building was purpose-built in 1914 to replace an earlier building on the site.
For much of the 19th century, the application site was occupied by Tower Foundry which was established around 1800 by John Robertson & Co. A sandstone quarry existed on land to the rear and provided materials for many of Berwick’s buildings.