Plans opposed for a bar at the Toll House

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Telford Bridge Toll House at Morpeth.'REF 2511142862

A move to turn a prominent listed building into a small bar has been opposed by town councillors.

Morpeth Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee have lodged a formal objection to the plans for the Toll House in Castle Square.

The Grade II Listed building dates to the early 19th Century. The latest proposal by local brewery Acton Ales is to turn it into a drinking establishment.

However, a neighbour has objected as her bedroom and bathroom share a wall with the premises and she is concerned about noise and disturbance, and councillors shared her fears.

Member Bob Robertson said: “There is an objection to this and I feel quite strongly in accord with it.

“The objector’s bedroom and bathroom are on the other side of the adjoining wall. There is going to be maybe 13 or 14 people in there if these plans go ahead.

“Fourteen people in a room are going to produce noise, even without music, and it has a high possibility of disrupting the life of the person on the other side of the wall.

“I think a person who has lived in a place for a certain time has a right to a peaceful life.”

Committee Chairman Joan Tebbutt agreed.

“If you are living in a town centre these things happen, but you still have to respect residential amenity.”

The authority has not raised any licensing objections to the plan, which will be determined by Northumberland County Council.