DEVELOPMENT: A blot on the historic area

It was illuminating to read your article ‘Retirement complex on key site gets green light,’ (Morpeth Herald, February 4), which has received planning permission by 12 votes to two.

This site is adjacent to the Thomas Telford Bridge, completed in 1839 for horse drawn traffic, although part of the A1 before the Morpeth bypass, and it is still fit for purpose.

It is also within sight of the Chantry Bridge, rebuilt in 1869, and opposite Morpeth Chantry, a Grade I Listed building built in 1296, which has educated such luminaries as William Turner in the 16th century.

It is next to the Court House, designed by John Dobson and built in 1821, opposite St George’s Church, built in 1860 close to the beautiful Carlisle Park, and opposite Goosehill school, which I attended 65 years ago.

Castle Square has also played its part in Morpeth winning the Gold award for Best Town in Britain in Bloom, not to mention the old coaching inn, which is now the Waterford Hotel, and the old Toll House.

So it is with disdain to find a building more in keeping with Glasgow tenements is to be built on the site. Perhaps when Tom Sharpe penned his novel Blott on The Landscape, he had a premonition of this building.

As the town council and Historic England objected to this building, which would be in complete contrast to its surroundings, I wonder why 12 people voted for this abomination?

When will the rest of us have a say in these matters?

Frankie Vendittelli

Morpeth