Councillors want a closer look at field access

COUNCILLORS are to take a closer look at an application for a new access to a field before making a decision.

A number of issues with the scheme on High House Road in Morpeth were raised by objectors at last Thursday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s North Area Planning Committee and members voted to go on a site visit.

The plans for land west of High House are to allow for the field to be sub-divided.

Dorothy Moore spoke out in objection to the scheme, describing it as “unnecessary destruction” of an existing hedgerow.

“I would be concerned we would need tight restrictions to ensure the field, its boundaries and its channels are properly maintained to make sure it’s well looked after,” she added.

Local member Coun Andrew Tebbutt said: “The fact that 10 residents living nearby felt strongly enough to lodge an objection, it has to be considered very carefully.

“Any additional access point in High House Road will add to the safety issues expressed by the residents.”

He also pointed out that residents were concerned about what the new access may mean for future development on the site.

While Coun Tebbutt accepted that this was not a reason to refuse the application, he said: “I would not be doing my job if I did not bring up the concerns of residents, especially considering the recent development history of this applicant.”

Coun David Woodard, proposing the site visit, said: “I would like to see the hedgerow, I would like to see the road and I would like to see the field and if it can be sub-divided and accessed from the existing entrance.”