Resident angry over council’s ‘meeting snub’

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A Pegswood resident has criticised the county council after not being told about a planning meeting where a decision was made about an application he opposed.

Bob Ditchburn, who lives in Moor View Close, was among those who submitted an objection to the bid to build 10 new properties and turn Cookswell House – a Grade II-listed building – into three properties.

It was discussed at the authority’s north area planning committee in Alnwick on November 6 and he is unhappy that he did not receive a letter informing him of this meeting.

In response, the council says that it did not receive his comments until the day after the meeting.

Mr Ditchburn’s points included concerns that the development would make it more likely that his property would suffer from surface water flooding and it would result in a loss of privacy.

He said: “I wanted to attend the meeting and I may have been able to reiterate my points to the planning committee, so I was surprised to read in the Herald that it had already taken place.

“As someone who objected to the application, I should have received notification from the county council.”

A spokeswoman for the authority said: “We did receive a letter of objection from Mr Ditchburn, but it did not arrive until November 7, which was the day after the planning committee meeting.

“This is why he didn’t receive a letter informing him about the date and venue.”

At the meeting, members agreed to give the development the go-ahead. However, they stipulated that funds from a section 106 agreement for off-site affordable housing should be spent in Pegswood or the surrounding area.