Field access gets the green light

A CONTROVERSIAL application to provide new access to a field near Morpeth has been given the go ahead despite being described as dangerous by objectors.

Permission was sought for a gate and access to a field off High House Road.

But Morpeth Town and Northumberland County Council member Andrew Tebbutt and neighbours have strongly objected to the plans.

They said the new access is unnecessary, would have an adverse impact on the road, a potential impact on hedgerow wildlife and could set a precedent for future development.

At a meeting of the county’s North Area Planning Committee on Thursday Coun Tebbutt said: “I consider this proposal as potentially quite dangerous.

“Visibility is extremely restricted and there is potential for surface water flooding because of the failure to maintain ditches.

“The proposed access is at the lowest point in the road and there is potential for slow-moving farm vehicles.”

Another objector said that in the 37 years she has lived opposite the site the road hasn’t changed, but the traffic using it has significantly increased.

However, members of the committee unanimously approved the plans.

Coun Trevor Thorne said: “It is safer than the original access and as long as conditions regarding maintenance and the cutting of the hedge for vision splay are met I will be happy.”