Homes plans rejected on three grounds

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An outline application for up to 25 homes on a site to the south of Ulgham has been turned down by a county council planning committee.

Applicant Peter Richardson wanted to build the properties on land at Southcroft Stables, The Croft, but planning officers recommended refusal as the benefits of the scheme ‘would outweigh the identified harm to the openness of the green belt and open countryside’.

The highways department had also raised an objection as ‘insufficient information has been submitted for the highway authority to fully assess that Ulgham Lane and the B1337 junction with Ulgham Lane can safely and adequately accommodate the proposed development’.

At Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning and rights of way committee, the planning officer explained that despite further information being provided by the applicant, the highways department had maintained its objection.

Plus the public protection team had also raised an objection as the applicant had not submitted a report on the possible impacts of mine gas.

Committee members were happy to follow officer advice and unanimously refused the proposal.

Agent David Brocklehurst said he was sure that the public protection and highways issues could be rectified.

On the green-belt issue though, he was highly critical of the recommendation and scathing of what he called the council’s inconsistencies in its approach to green-belt policy, highlighting other approved schemes in Ulgham itself as well as Longhirst and Longhorsley.

Prior to his address, resident Mr Warlow and parish council chairman Jim Scott had spoken against the bid.