Western Avenue Planning decision upheld by the Planning Inspectorate

An area of land off Western Avenue and Cranbrook Drive has been much talked about for a number of years, more so recently.

In July 2011, Northumberland County Council approved a planning application for one dwelling with associated vehicle and pedestrian access, work on this is still on-going, full details are available on the Northumberland County Council Planning portal.

Much later, in January 2019, an application for two, 4-bedroom homes, further down the site was received.  This application was objected to by Prudhoe Town Council and permission was refused by Northumberland County Council; this was closely followed by an outline planning application for a three-bedroom, detached, dormer bungalow.

Prudhoe Town Council unanimously agreed to OBJECT to these plans on 17th April 2019.  Northumberland County Council, as the Planning Authority, considered the plans and refused permission.  There were many objections received by residents.  Full details of the planning application are available on the Northumberland County Council planning portal.

As permitted by law, the applicant appealed the decision by the Planning Authority, to the Planning Inspectorate, appointed by the Secretary of State.  The Planning Inspectorate has upheld the decision stating:

“I have found that the proposed development would cause significant harm to the character and appearance of the area and would lead to an unacceptable loss of open space of public value”.

You can read the full Appeal Decision HERE.