Agenda and draft minutes

Castle Morpeth Local Area Council - Monday, 13th June, 2022 4.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall. View directions

Contact: Lesley Little 

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The Chair outlined the procedure which would be followed at the meeting.





Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Beynon, Darwin, Sanderson, Towns and Wearmouth. 



MINUTES pdf icon PDF 314 KB

The minutes of the meeting of the Castle Morpeth Local Area Council held on Monday 9 May 2022, as circulated, to be agreed as a true record by the Committee and are to be signed by the Chair.



RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings of the Castle Morpeth Local Area Council held on Monday 9 May 2022, as circulated, be confirmed as a true record and be signed by the Chair.




To request the committee to decide the planning applications attached to this report using the powers delegated to it.   


Please note that printed letters of objection/support are not circulated with the agenda but are available on the Council’s website at 



Councillor Foster, Vice-Chair Planning introduced the report which requested the Committee to decide the planning applications attached to the report using the powers delegated to it.  Members were reminded of the principles which should govern their consideration of the applications, the procedure for handling representations, the requirement of conditions and the need for justifiable reasons for the granting of permission or refusal of planning applications. 


The Vice-Chair, planning informed members that planning application 21/02485/FUL – land at north of Bewick Drift, Cresswell had been withdrawn from the agenda and would be determined at a future planning meeting.  


RESOLVED that the information be noted. 



22/00900/OUT pdf icon PDF 336 KB

Outline planning application (Some Matters Reserved) for residential development of up to 5no. dwellings

Land South West Of Field Head House, Longhorsley, Northumberland


Outline planning applications (some matters reserved) for residential development of up to 5 no. dwellings

Land South West of Field Head House, Longhorsley, Northumberland


Adam Ali, Planning Officer introduced the application with the aid of a power point presentation.  Members confirmed that they had viewed the site visit videos circulated in advance of the meeting. 


Giles Birch, objector, addressed the Committee.  His comments included the following information: - 


·       He was speaking on behalf of all the residents of Cragside Mews who fully supported the officer’s recommendation for refusal of the application

·       There had been a total of 24 objections to the application with 22 letters of support from people who did not live locally with no legal reference why the application should go ahead.  Reference had been made to: -

o   A reduction in agricultural traffic – realistically the development would add another 10 vehicles to the properties

o   Help support local services – the village had one shop, a pub and a school

o   Additional jobs – these would be temporary

o   To allow the farm to relocate – this had no bearing with the relocation of the farm.  The applicant already had planning permission approved for a barn

  • Concerns around the Green Belt and the prospect of inappropriate development in the open countryside.  This was supported by Longhorsley Parish Council who had also objected and made reference to unacceptable development in the Green Belt; contrary to local polices and no additional need for housing in the area.  Accessibility would almost double Fieldhead in size.

·       The Planning Statement from George White accepted that the development was on Green Belt and that the Neighbourhood Plan did not give any support to the development

·       The development did not meet the housing requirement. The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment had identified housing for 4200 new houses which was almost 600 more than required up until 2024

·       The applicant had stated that this was previously developed land, and it was not.  The definition in the glossary of the Northumberland Local Plan stated that previously developed land was land which is or was, occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land and associated fixed surface infrastructure.  This excluded any associated fixed surface infrastructure and excluded land that is or had been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings, therefore, none of the proposed site fell under the definition of previously developed land.

·       The development would contravene the Land Registry document (ND132865) signed by the applicant’s parents and grandmother and warranted 24/7 access to the 2m strip of land along the South and West boundary of the current structure

·       As a small hamlet there were huge concerns in relation to road traffic along the narrow single-track lane (U6017) which already struggled with traffic and in a poor state of repair.  Traffic often cut through from the A1 to the A697 or vice versa, which often included articulated lorries, buses and other large vehicles.

·       The road was a 60 mph National Speed limit  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.



For Members’ information to report the progress of planning appeals.  This is a monthly report and relates to appeals throughout all 5 Local Area Council Planning Committee areas and covers appeals of Strategic Planning Committee


RESOLVED that the information be noted.