House scheme rejected

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A HOUSING proposal which faced strong opposition from local residents has been rejected by councillors.

Plans for a three-bedroom detached house at the entrance to Dene View in Morpeth, which would have been the equivalent height of three storeys at the roadside frontage, sparked a 200-name petition and 18 letters of objection.

Principal planning officer Vivienne Robinson said the design by architect John Hare was appropriate to the site and surroundings and would not harm the nearby conservation area.

The trees to be removed were not considered worthy of protection.

But the objectors said the house would be a dominant feature, increase traffic dangers and spoil a leafy entrance into the town.

Petition organiser Maureen Davison, of nearby Pottery Bank Court, criticised the ‘Modernist bastle house design’ and its size and effect on the green corridor.

She also feared that engineering works would destabilise the steep hill behind the site.

The county council’s north area planning committee voted six to one, with two abstentions, to reject the application.

Coun David Woodard moved refusal, saying the site was in a green corridor, the ‘rather ugly’ house would appear three-storey because of the sloping land and it would affect the conservation area and grade II listed buildings.

After the meeting, Mrs Davison said: “We are very grateful to those county councillors who voted for common sense and reason.

“We would like to thank Morpeth Town Council and Morpeth Civic Society for their staunch support as well as the 200 locals who signed our petition.”