‘No reason not to make a different decision now’

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
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Two separate schemes for new houses on the edge of Hepscott have been refused due to being in the open countryside and green belt.

An application for one detached dwelling and another for three detached properties on two sites on land west of Dunces Houses were refused by Northumberland County Council’s planning and rights of way committee.

Hepscott Parish Council chairman Philip Ashmore pointed out that the sites were outside both the Hepscott and Morpeth settlement boundaries.

The applicant’s agent, Harriet Frank, said that it was inconsistent as two houses had been approved just 12.5 metres away last year, but the planning officer said there was no reason not to come to a different decision given new policy.