House plans are revised

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A NEW bid has been submitted to build a two-storey home on the edge of Morpeth after a previous scheme was thrown out.

Architect John Hare is seeking permission to build the two-bedroom property at Low Wood, off Pottery Bank.

A previous application for a three-storey, three-bedroom home saw a 200-name petition against the plans submitted, while Morpeth Town Council also objected.

The scheme was rejected by Northumberland County Council in November last year and in June an appeal was dismissed, with Inspector David Cullingford concerned that the development would spoil the street scene, reduce neighbours’ privacy and appear too dominant.

The new plans are for a smaller building and set the house further back from the road. They provide for hedging to be re-planted to make a ‘green wall’ of screening, and windows have been designed to avoid overlooking.

In a Design and Access Statement, Mr Hare says: “The current proposal seeks to reflect design parameters found in more modest dwellings which make up much of the built environment in the approach to the town. The inspector’s opinion that ‘an obtrusive structure when seen from the small dwellings opposite’ should be avoided is thereby addressed in this new scheme design.”

However, Pottery Bank resident Maureen Davison said residents are still opposed to the revised plans over the impact on the character of the area and road safety.

She said: “Spacing issues and adverse impact on the green character of the bank still stand, as well as prejudicing the outcome of the Neighbourhood Plan, which could extend the Conservation Area into Pottery Bank.”