Flats scheme falls foul of boundary in new plans

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An application for a block of four flats on the outskirts of Morpeth has been turned down by councillors, although not all voted against it.

Paul Conn had applied to build the apartments on land west of Low Ford, on Mitford Road, but the scheme was refused at Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning and rights of way committee.

As with other applications at Tuesday’s meeting, this was recommended for refusal due to the site being located in an area defined as open countryside in the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan and in the green belt according to the emerging Core Strategy.

However, Michael Hepburn, speaking on behalf of the applicant, said that the boundary is very arbitrary as the site is within the garden of Low Ford and the flood wall built by the Environment Agency.

Mr Conn added that he was ‘very frustrated’ as the application had first been submitted in October last year.

Some members did have sympathy with the applicant in this case and Coun Rupert Gibson proposed deferring the decision, but his motion was not seconded. The scheme was refused by 10 votes to two with one abstention.