Opposition fails to stop homes’ plan

Outline planning permission for three homes on land between Pegswood and Morpeth has been given the go ahead, despite objections.

Plans were put forward to develop greenfield land north of the waste recovery centre in Whorral Bank.

Both Pegswood Parish Council and Morpeth Town Council objected to the plans because of the impact on the greenbelt, as well as the development being outside settlement limits.

At the North Area Planning meeting Coun Nic Best, from Morpeth Town Council, said: “Our main concern is that it is outside the Morpeth and Pegswood settlement boundary. It is also on greenbelt land, which would be ok if it was in relation to agricultural buildings and like for like, but the likelihood is that it will be three executive style dwellings.”

Coun Andrew Tebbutt raised concerns about plans to upgrade the A197, which would be used for access, saying it would become a safety hazard for the site.

Planning officer Tony Carter said: “As a starting point the proposed residential development would constitute inappropriate development in the open countryside thereby conflicting with national and local planning policy. However, the council is not currently able to demonstrate a deliverable five-year supply of housing land for the area or for the county as a whole.

“The proposed development would make a contribution to addressing this shortfall and this, coupled with the fact that the dwellings would be in a sustainable location, represents a significant consideration weighing heavily in favour of allowing this development to proceed.”

Coun Tebbut’s motion to refuse the application was not supported and the plans were approved.