Email Updates

19 August 2019   NE café/restaurant at Committee + updates...
Dear BUT supporters,
Northumberland Estates' proposed construction of a two-storey café/restaurant [18/03822/FUL] is to be decided at Committee this Thursday in Alnwick. They have tweaked their plans for the café/restaurant on the Beadnell Point site next to the Beach Car Park by relocating the toilets to the ground floor in addition to the added play area and green area, as minimal "public benefit", and reconfiguring the car parking spaces after taking note of BPC's rejection of their original application. Pressure from the AONB and the BPC should ensure that the toilets will be for public use.
At present, there are 105 objectors and 8 supporters. Carole Field will be speaking at committee in objection. It will be second item on the agenda and has been recommended for approval by the planning department.


Link to planning recommendation for committee members:
http://committeedocs.northumberland.gov.uk/MeetingDocs/42922_M9517.pdf

Venue: St James's Church Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick, NE66 1JW at 3pm on 22 August 2019

Link to planning application [18/03822/FUL]:   
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=neighbourComments&keyVal=PH7OINQSJWM00

Update on other matters:
1. In July a JCB digger from Sirius was observed taking soil samples at various points along the proposed access road on Beadnell Green leading to the 45-house development between Kennedy Green and Beadnell Point, now known as Bernicia Way. It appears the Northumberland Estates has sold the site. The deadline for applying for Full Planning Permission is the 1st March 2020. We continue to monitor the situation.


Link:
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?action=dispatch&keyVal=O79LASQSHLZ00&caseType=Application


2. A group of us are still trying to prevent Northumberland Estates from building two extra houses at Bernicia Way in place of the buffer zone to the north of the site. There is a S106 Agreement restricting usage to permanent occupancy only to accord with Policy 14 of the NNCNP (Neighbourhood Plan). The site has now been sold to a different developer, as Lindisfarne Homes refused to be drawn into a scheme which would not be "economically viable" owing to the restriction resulting in difficulty of sale. We are also applying pressure upon Northumbrian Water to install the infrastructure that would stop the regular flooding from surface water. The present situation is unacceptable, as any excess surface water is pumped out of the estate on to the public roadway, beach car park and into Dunes Court Estate.
Northumbrian Water cannot prevent planning permission but are legally required to build the necessary infrastructure to cope with any additional development. Clearly, they have not fulfilled their obligation since the occupation of Bernicia Way. We shall be emphasising that no further building on this flood plain should be allowed until its drainage infrastructure has been upgraded and proved effective enough to manage the situation both for the present and into the future. Even before Beadnell Point (Bernicia Way) was built they were warned!


• General link to all planning applications - for Beadnell, type 'Beadnell' in Search Box
http://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications

Best wishes,
Andrew (Andy) Brown [andiesbrown@gmail.com]       
 

17 March 2019   Beadnell Under Threat - NE café/restaurant third attempt

 

Dear BUT supporters,


Beadnell Parish Council Planning Meeting
Venue: WI Hall on Meadow Lane, Beadnell
Date/Time: Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 6 pm (plans available from 5.30 pm)


On the agenda:
[18/03822/FUL] Construction of a two-storey cafe and restaurant
Northumberland Estates have tweaked their plans for a café/restaurant on the Beadnell Point site next to the Beach Car Park. They have now moved the toilets to the ground floor in addition to the added play area and green area, as minimal "public benefit", and reconfigured the car parking spaces after taking note of BPC's rejection of their original application. Pressure from AONB and the BPC should ensure that the toilets will be for public use.
At present, there are 104 objectors and 8 supporters.
Link:
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?action=dispatch&keyVal=PH7OINQSJWM00&caseType=Application

General link to all planning applications - Type 'Beadnell' in Search Box: 
http://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications

Best wishes,
Andrew (Andy) Brown

andiesbrown@gmail.com

28 February 2019   Beadnell Under Threat - BEADNELL on the BBC


Dear BUT supporters,


BBC ONE Inside Out (North East and Cumbria) next week focuses on housing in our Neighbourhood Plan area of Beadnell, Bamburgh and Seahouses, featuring Policy 14, which restricts new-builds to permanent occupancy only.


Programme: BBC ONE Inside Out (North East and Cumbria)
Date: Monday 4th March 2019 at 7.30 pm


 The programme will be available on BBC iPlayer for the following 30 days.


On Tuesday 5th March 2019 the long-awaited Local Plan for the whole of Northumberland is on view in Seahouses.


Venue: Sports and Community Centre (The Hub), Stone Close, NE68 7YL
Date: Tuesday 5th March 2019 between 2pm and 7pm

 
General link to all planning applications - for Beadnell, type 'Beadnell' in Search Box
http://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications

Best wishes,
Andrew (Andy) Brown [andiesbrown@gmail.com]

21 November 2018   Beadnell Under Threat - Northumberland Estates café/restaurant ++

Beadnell Parish Council Meeting (including planning applications)
Venue: WI Hall on Meadow Lane, Beadnell
Date/Time: Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 6 pm (plans available from 5.30 pm)

 [18/03822/FUL] Construction of a two-storey cafe and restaurant
Northumberland Estates have tweaked their plans for a café/restaurant on the Beadnell Point site next to the Beach Car Park. They have added a play area and green area, as "community benefit", and reconfigured the car parking spaces after taking note of BPC's rejection of their original application. Any public comments logged on their previous application [18/02648/FUL] will be invalid and should be logged against this version, if they are to count!
Rumours abound within the village that NCC have failed to win a grant from the Coastal Communities Fund, despite being granted planning approval, for their café/coastal centre on the Beach Car Park next to the pumping station.

 

Therefore, there would be only one commercial venture in that area, were NE to be granted planning approval. As NE were given the go-ahead to build a café/coastal centre, play area and car parking as part of the Beadnell Point application in 2011, it is likely that this application will go through.
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PH7OINQSJWM00

[18/03779/FUL] Proposed balcony extension, 27 Bernicia Way Beadnell Northumberland NE67 5EJ
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PH3CXXQSJU600

And now for some good news:
[18/02414/FUL] Creation of one single storey 4 bedroom detached dwelling. Land South Of 1 Harbour Road Harbour Road Beadnell Northumberland. This application on the seaward side of Harbour Road has been withdrawn. The coastal strip is once again safe from development!

 

General link to all planning applications - Type 'Beadnell' in Search Box: 

http://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications

Contact: andiesbrown@gmail.com

18 November 2018   Beadnell Under Threat - Beadnell Point again at Committee


Northumberland Estates' proposed expansion of Beadnell Point to 42 houses is to go before Committee again in Berwick this Thursday. We have been afforded a second chance to state our opposition as item no. 12 on the agenda.


Address of venue: Spittal "Jubilee Centre", HIGHCLIFFE, Spittal, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 2JL
Date: Thursday 22nd November at 2 pm. 


Link to Committee Meeting Agenda

http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meeting.aspx?MeetID=9098 
To find Beadnell Point's two documents:
click on item: 12 18-01036-FUL (Addendum) Land East of 21 Bernicia Way, Beadnell
click on item: 12 .1 Original Committee Report  Land East of 21 Bernicia Way, Beadnell

Link to Beadnell Point application to view documents and comments logged:
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage

General link to all planning applications - for Beadnell, type 'Beadnell' in Search Box
http://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications

22 July 2018   Beadnell Under Threat - Protect Beadnell within Conservation Area ++

Beadnell Parish Council has been given the opportunity to apply for a Conservation Area to protect the village from inappropriate development. NECT (North of England Civic Trust) is offering four options, ranging from A - minimal core to D3 - covering most of the village, harbour, coastline and both Beadnell Green and 'Hellens' horse-fields. Option D3 on page 17 (web link below) would afford most protection and reinforce the aegis of the Neighbourhood Plan with its Settlement Boundary. I would urge as many of you as possible to show your support for this option at the BPC meeting this Wednesday

Direct link to the NECT proposal on the BPC website:

https://beadnellparishcouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/ConservationBeadnell-Initial-Report-.pdf

Update:

Unfortunately, we lost out by three votes to six at Committee in Berwick last Thursday. Northumberland Estates has been granted permission for two extra units to replace the all-important 'buffer zone' at Beadnell Point.

         

16 July 2018   Beadnell Under Threat - Beadnell Point at Committee

Northumberland Estates' proposed expansion of Beadnell Point is to go before Committee in Berwick this Thursday. We have not been given much notice, as you can see.
We have an excellent  speaker who is to deliver a hard-hitting speech aimed directly at the councillors at the Committee Meeting. If you can, please travel to support him. A strong showing of support may yet persuade the councillors to vote against this inappropriate proposal to add two more houses to Beadnell Point at the expense of the ecological buffer zone, which has already been planted in accordance with a section 106 Agreement.

To find Beadnell Point 'referral document' item on committee agenda, click on item: 07
Land East of 21 Bernicia Way, Beadnell

• Link to Beadnell Point application [18/01036/FUL] to view documents and comments logged:
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage

        

26 May 2018    Beadnell Under Threat - Momentous Result in NP Referendum - 90% "YES"


What a result! Beadnell is now no longer "Under Threat"!
90.2% Yes 
9.88% No

Turnout 39% - apparently the same as the local election and high compared to national figures of other referenda.

 

Thank you all for your invaluable support over the last two years. The developers have been stopped in their tracks. The section 106 Agreement to ensure permanent occupancy on new-builds is now part of planning law in our Neighbourhood Area as Policy 14. No more new-build second homes or holiday lets may be built for the next fifteen years, that is until at least 2032, when the NP will be reviewed.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to John Woodman and his professional steering group from the three parish councils who have been slaving away since 2011 to deliver such a robust document on our behalf.


The whole country has been watching, as we have taken the steps required to protect our three communities from unwarranted, unnecessary over-development in our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Northumberland coast.

10 May 2018    Beadnell Under Threat - Referendum about Neighbourhood Plan - Vote "YES".....


At last, the North Northumberland Coast Neighbourhood Plan (NNCNP) is to be put to the vote in a REFERENDUM on THURSDAY 24th MAY.

All residents of Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh are eligible to vote.


I repeat my quote from page 5 of today's Northumberland Gazette under the headline - Coastal plan going out to referendum:


"The crucial elements of our Neighbourhood Plan, that will preserve the integrity of our coastal communities, are the designated Settlement Boundaries and Policy 14 to ensure permanent occupancy of all new-builds. A "Yes" vote in the Referendum would not only effect a positive outcome to planning regulations but also demonstrate a united front against the march of the developers."

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/coastal-plan-going-out-to-referendum-1-9157900

The leading article of today's Gazette also deals with "The scourge of second homes along the coastline"

and on page 5 the theme continues with "Village survey reveals extent of holiday lets".

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/village-survey-reveals-extent-of-holiday-lets-1-9157914

The NNCNP is our best defence until 2032, so persuade everyone you know in all three communities to vote "YES".

NNCNP (Beadnell, Bamburgh and Seahouses) and scroll down to 'North Northumberland Coastal Area:
http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Planning/Planning-policy/Neighbourhood.aspx#neighbourhoodplans

Update: Northumberland Estates trying to add two holiday homes to the Beadnell Point development [18/01036/FUL]. So far ten objections (none in support!) have been logged on the Planning Portal.


• Last May application [17/01130/FUL] withdrawn owing to upholding of Clause 25 of the s106, which guaranteed that the two, so-called, "vacant plots" be reserved as buffer zone to protect ecology of required wetlands. NE now trying to vary terms of s106 by offering an "off-site ecological mitigation strategy", which would set a dangerous precedent considering our reliance upon the 'Beadnell' section 106 agreement guaranteeing permanent occupancy on their 45-house development on Beadnell Green.


• Would the two dwellings have to be for permanent occupancy as now  by the Neighbourhood Plan for all new-builds?


• Restrictive covenant imposed by a conveyance of the land in 1950. In September 2015 the whole of the development was transferred from one Northumberland Estates legal entity to another and on that transfer the following legal restrictive covenant was imposed:  No more than 40 holiday homes may be considered on the development. This legal transfer was ratified by Warcup Law Firm.


• This re-submission application for two dwellings on 'vacant plot' east of Bernicia Way at Beadnell Point [18/01036/FUL] should therefore be opposed in the strongest possible terms.


• Direct link for logging objections to [18/01036/FUL]:
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?action=dispatch&keyVal=P5W9WYQSN3E00&caseType=Application

09 April 2018    Beadnell Under Threat - Northumberland Estates try again....


Northumberland Estates are again trying to add two holiday homes to the Beadnell Point development [18/01036/FUL]. Last May their application [17/01130/FUL] was withdrawn owing to the upholding of Clause 25 of the section 106 agreement which guaranteed that the two, so called, "vacant plots" must be reserved as a buffer zone to protect the ecology of the required wetlands. NE are now trying to vary the terms of the s106 by offering an "off-site ecological mitigation strategy", which would set a dangerous precedent considering our reliance upon the 'Beadnell' section 106 agreement guaranteeing permanent occupancy only on their 45-house development on Beadnell Green. Another point to consider is whether these houses would now have to be for permanent occupancy only as required by the Neighbourhood Plan for all new-builds. To support this point a restrictive covenant was imposed by a conveyance of the land in 1950. In September 2015 the whole of the development was transferred from one Northumberland Estates legal entity to another and on that transfer the following legal restrictive covenants were imposed:  No more than 40 holiday homes may be considered on the development. This legal transfer was ratified by Warcup Law Firm. The re-submission application for two dwellings on 'vacant plot' east of Bernicia Way at Beadnell Point [18/01036/FUL] should therefore be opposed in the strongest possible terms.

09 April 2018    Beadnell Under Threat - Great news about 'Hellens'.....

The 'Hellens Residential' application [17/01401/FUL] has been withdrawn. I repeat, WITHDRAWN!

Therefore, thank you for all your support during the BUT campaign. There will be no need to attend the Committee Meeting - Hellens is off the agenda.
A moment of quiet celebration would be allowed....

Good news...good news...good news...


1. The Haven site for two dwellings on the 'Fishermen's Land' south of the Seabreeze shop [17/04366/FUL] - application withdrawn


2. The North Northumberland Coast Neighbourhood Plan has been passed by the Independent Examiner. It is ready for referendum and now carries full weight in planning terms. On page 40 of the NNCNP, POLICY 14:  PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE HOUSING  states: "Proposals for all new housing, excluding replacement dwellings, will only be supported where first and future occupation is restricted in perpetuity to ensure that each new dwelling is occupied only as a Principal Residence." The entire NP is great news for our area and it is vital we all vote "yes" in the imminent referendum in order to protect our community from speculative developers.


3. Sale of Duke's 45-house development update - GVA, the agent, are still considering their position.

04 February 2018    Beadnell Under Threat - Last chance to influence 'Hellens' decision


Beadnell Parish Council Planning Meeting to discuss 'Hellens' amended application in WI Hall on Wednesday 7th February at 6pm (doors open and plans available from 5.30)


Hellens Residential Development of 52 houses in the 'horse field' [17/01401/FUL] has been updated on the Planning Portal. Apart from a few internal roadway adjustments etc., the major additions, required by the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), are a Foul Pumping Station and Maintenance Access road leading to a large Detention Basin, all sited below 'The Hemmel' and opposite the entrance to the 'Kennedy Farm' cottages. This extra development reflects what many have been saying about 'Flood Plain' issues in this area and the need for NWL to upgrade their system, as it is already running at full capacity. In addition, a new public footpath, leading from Swinhoe Road, will skirt the western edge of the site.  I attach a copy of the amended plan taken from the Planning Portal, dated 24th January.

The more individual objections logged against the application - 97 so far and counting - the more power we have to sway the planning department in our favour.

P.S. Sale of Duke's site and field - Negotiations with one interested party still ongoing!

P.P.S. Update on 'Old School House' - appeal upheld on 1st December 2017 but appellants not granted costs from NCC. The adjudicator ruled that the councillors had every right to object to the application and force the appeal. Hopefully, this success will embolden the same councillors in their future opposition to speculative developers.

 

 

17 December 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - Save Our Coastal Strip


Our coastal strip on the seaward side of Harbour Road is once more under threat of unwarranted development. The "fishermen's plot" between the Seabreeze Shop and the double public footpath is to be filled with two detached two-storey houses - Planning Application [17/04366/FUL | Development of two detached dwellings. | The Haven Site South East Of Village Store Harbour Road Beadnell Northumberland]- Direct Link:

https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage

The fragile nature of this North Sea Coast must be protected.
What can we do to support our village in objecting to the degradation of the North Northumberland Coast, the "jewel in the crown" of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)?


1. "Boots on the Ground" - come to the Beadnell Parish Council Planning Meeting this Wednesday 20th December in the WI Hall at 6pm (doors open and plans available for viewing from 5.30)


2. "Make your voice heard" - If you cannot be there in person, you can submit a statement to be read out at the planning meeting. Either email the Clerk, Isabel Hunter:
info@beadnellparishcouncil.co.uk

 

3. "Power to the People" - the most potent effect is to write or log an objection on the NCC Planning Portal on the direct link given above. The more individual objections logged against the application, the more power we have to sway the planning department in our favour.
Below is a useful list of links for matters still in the pipeline:
P.S. Sale of Duke's site and field - Negotiations with developers still ongoing! No progress!

02 November 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - 20 mph Speed Limit?


I pass on details of a proposal for Beadnell which has been posted on notice boards and may be of interest to you.

20 mph limit for Beadnell?

The NCC has asked the Parish Council if it would be interested in a 20 mph speed limit within the village.
This will be discussed at the next meeting on 22nd November at 6pm.

Let us know what you think by coming along to the meeting, speaking to a councillor or emailing us at
info@beadnellparishcouncil.co.uk  


P.S. Sale of Duke's site and field - Negotiations with developers still ongoing! No progress!

28 September 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - Final chapter in the Old School Saga


After our victory at the Committee Stage in Berwick with a vote in our favour of 8 to 1, it is now time to face the final curtain - the Appeal. Although previous objections during the planning stage will be carried forward, it would help our cause if there were to be a significant number of 'representations' made directly to the Appeal Officer. At present, the applicant feels confident, as he did prior to Committee. So that he is not able to overturn the councillors' decision, we need to launch a final assault to ensure complete victory. Please log, email or write a 'representation' in objection directly to the Appeals Case Officer, Hazel Stanmore-Richards.

There are three ways to object to the 4-house development:


• Web link: https://www.gov.uk/appeal-planning-inspectorate
 Click on: START NOW to register - create username, email, address etc., password. Case no:  3181245. Make Representation

• email: North2@pins.gsi.gov.uk (quoting ref: APP/P2935/W/17/3181245)

 

• Address:  The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, BRISTOL, BS1 6PN (quoting ref: APP/P2935/W/17/3181245)

 

Update to Rallying cry! There is still time to log or write objections against the 'Hellens Residential' plan to build 52 houses to the west of The Wynding [17/01401/FUL] - 85 objections at present, aim for 100? - links and details below.


Register/Login details are on our website under the tab 'Support Us'.
• Direct link to: [17/01401/FUL] Erection of 52 dwellings on Land West of The Wynding, Beadnell NE67 5AY
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OONTTVQSGEW00

P.S. Sale of Duke's site and field - Negotiations with developers still ongoing! No progress!

19 August 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - Your village needs You!

Rallying cry! More directed objections are needed against the 'Hellens Residential' plan to build 52 houses to the west of The Wynding [17/01401/FUL] - links and details below.


I have it on the best authority that there will be a delay in this application going forward to Committee, until after the consultation period of the North Northumberland Coast Neighbourhood Plan (Beadnell, Bamburgh and Seahouses) has been completed in about three weeks time. During this phase we are allowed to cite the terms of the NNCNP as major planning points in our defence/defiance. In the 'Hellens' case the proposed development is not only unnecessary, unwanted, unwelcome, but also "outside the SETTLEMENT BOUNDARY of Beadnell Village" and should, therefore, not be permitted.


As we have been offered this extra window of opportunity, let us not waste it. Persuade as many lovers of Beadnell as possible to log or write an objection, mentioning other valid reasons and focusing on: "This proposed development would lie outside the SETTLEMENT BOUNDARY of Beadnell Village, as defined in the Neighbourhood Plan". (Direct link to NP given below)
We have already won once at Committee in Berwick when the plans for the Old School House were thrown out! We can do it again. We just need the ammunition of public objections - 44 at present; what about a target of 100? Can we do it? "Yes, we can." Carpe diem.


Register/Login details are on our website under the tab 'Support Us'.

•  Direct link to: [17/01401/FUL] Erection of 52 dwellings on Land West of The Wynding, Beadnell NE67 5AY
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OONTTVQSGEW00

 

P..S. Sale of Duke's site and field - Negotiations with developers still ongoing!

24 July 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - On a roll....

Victory at the Committee in Berwick! With " Mike on the mic" and the Beadnell Parish Council working in tandem, the local councillors voted to throw out the proposal to replace the Old School with four townhouses. Only the chair sided with the applicant, who may yet appeal against this decision.

First blood! Guy Renner-Thompson, our ward councillor, has ensured that Arch, the NCC development arm, has withdrawn support from the Hellens Residential 52-house application for the 'horse field'.

Previous success! Northumberland Estates have been forced to withdraw their application to add two extra units on a so-called 'vacant plot' at their Beadnell Point holiday village development. Section 106 Agreements do have teeth!

Awaiting news on the Beadnell Green 45-house development sale by Northumberland Estates! Negotiations still in progress. Further update after 8th August.

How can we keep the ball rolling?

The Hellens Residential plan to build 52 houses to the west of The Wynding on the 'horse field' has been referred to Committee. At present, there are only 35 objections posted on the NCC Planning Portal (we posted 208 against Beadnell Green!). To ensure the best chance of success, we need your support. Please log or post an objection to keep up the pressure.

18 July 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - Mike on the mic! 

Mike Spark is to deliver a hard-hitting speech aimed directly at the councillors at the Committee Meeting in Berwick this Thursday. If you can, please travel to support him. It will be well worth the trip to witness the councillors' uncomfortable reaction. A strong showing of support may yet persuade these councillors to vote against this inappropriate proposal for the Old School. Some of them will have seen for themselves the traffic chaos caused by parked cars outside the Women's Institute during their site visit yesterday. Our pitch centres on the child protection issues raised by the first-floor lounges and balconies of holiday lets, directly overlooking the children's playground. In addition, we are proposing an acceptable alternative of 1½-storey bungalows to whet the councillors' appetite for discussion.

To find Old School 'referral document' item on committee agenda, click on item: 05

 

  • Link to Old School House to log an objection:

https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OMWV23QSFQA00

  • Register/Login details are on our website under the tab 'Support Us'.

14 July 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - No, No, No, No, to 4 Tall Townhouses....

Bad news! The case officer, Ragu Sittambalam, has now recommended that the North Northumberland Councillors should grant approval to the plans proposed for the Old School at Committee Meeting next Thursday. Despite the referral to committee of both John Woodman and Guy Renner-Thompson, the ward councillors, and the strong objections on planning grounds, raised at both BPC Planning Meetings, four unwanted tall townhouses are likely to be an unappreciated fixture within the heart of our village.

 

As the request for a permanent residency clause (S106) has also been quashed in this case (para 7.9 in the 'referral document' - see link below), four new holiday lets will be added to the saturated market.

 

What can we do? Two actions may still swing the balance in our favour at this eleventh hour:

 

1. Log or post an objection focusing on the single issue of child protection (mentioned as top item on BPC consultee document on page 3 of the 'referral document' - see link below). First floor lounges and balconies of holiday lets will be directly overlooking the children's playground! At present there are only three objections logged on the NCC Planning Website.

 

2. Support Mike Spark at the Committee Meeting, as he speaks in opposition, voicing the concerns of the village. A strong showing of support may yet persuade the councillors, particularly when they have considered the implications after their site visit on Monday. They will then have seen for themselves the narrow confines of Meadow Lane and the proximity and vulnerability of the children's playground.

 

You have heard it said, "Suffer little children to come unto me." I say, "Little children should not suffer."

 

Direct links:

 

  • Link to Committee Meeting Agenda to be held at the Spittal "Jubilee Centre", Highcliffe, Berwick-Upon-Tweed on Thursday 20th July at 4 pm:

http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meeting.aspx?MeetID=7857

To find Old School 'referral document' item on committee agenda, click on item: 05

  • Link to Old School House to log an objection:

https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OMWV23QSFQA00

02 November 2017     Beadnell Under Threat - 20 mph Speed Limit?....

I pass on details of a proposal for Beadnell which has been posted on notice boards and may be of interest to you.
20 mph limit for Beadnell?
The NCC has asked the Parish Council if it would be interested in a 20 mph speed limit within the village.
This will be discussed at the next meeting on 22nd November at 6pm.
Let us know what you think by coming along to the meeting, speaking to a councillor or emailing us at
info@beadnellparishcouncil.co.uk  

Below is a useful list of links for matters still in the pipeline:
•    Direct link to: [17/01401/FUL] Erection of 52 dwellings on Land West of The Wynding, Beadnell NE67 5AY. Objections still being accepted......
https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OONTTVQSGEW00


•    Direct link to North Northumberland Coast Neighbourhood Plan (Beadnell, Bamburgh and Seahouses) - To access Draft Plan of NP, click on box on right:
    www.seahouses.org

P.S. Sale of Duke's site and field - Negotiations with developers still ongoing! No progress!

 

12 July 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - Rallying Cry....Taking Stock....

Rallying Cry:

 

We're off to Committee again, this time at the Spittal "Jubilee Centre", Highcliffe, Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Mike Spark will be speaking on our behalf in opposition to the proposed replacement of the Old School with four inappropriate tall townhouses. Unfortunately, I shall not be there to support Mike on Thursday 20th July at 4 pm, as I have a prior pressing engagement. Hopefully, however, many of you will be able to travel to hear Mike defend our cause.

 

Taking Stock:

 

1. Our bid, placed on 8th June, to buy the site, known as Beadnell Green and being sold with Outline Planning Permission, has been predictably declined by Northumberland Estates. I am in contact with GVA, the property agents, who have informed me that negotiations with prospective buyers are still ongoing. I have kept our bid "live" as a fallback position, should NE not be satisfied with the tabled offers. I'll be keeping you all informed as things unfold.

 

2. Some success at last. Section 106 Agreements may have some teeth after all. Northumberland Estates have been forced to withdraw their application to add two extra units on a so-called 'vacant plot' at their Beadnell Point holiday village development. This 'vacant plot' was to be a wooded area, acting as a vital  buffer zone to its wetland area, protected by an S106, set up in 2011!

 

3. The Hellens Residential plan to build 52 houses to the west of The Wynding on the 'horse field' has been referred to Committee. At present, there are only 31 objections posted on the NCC Planning Portal. If you still have the energy for the fight, please log or post an objection to keep up the pressure.

 

Register/Login details are on our website under the tab 'Support Us'.

 

Direct link to: [17/01401/FUL] Erection of 52 dwellings on Land West of The Wynding, Beadnell NE67 5AY

https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OONTTVQSGEW00

25 June 2017    Beadnell Under Threat update - "..still a quart into a pint pot....."

Round 2: Demolition of Old School House [17/00968/FUL] (Amended) is up for discussion at the Beadnell Parish Council Planning Meeting this Wednesday 28th June at 6 pm (plans available for viewing from 5.30 pm) in the WI Hall. The proposal has been watered down slightly from six three-storey townhouses in two blocks of three to four detached 2?-storey townhouses. 

To squeeze 4 tall houses on to such a limited plot still points to nothing short of seeking to maximise profit from holiday lets. There would be no gardens to speak of and very little space for car standing and manoeuvring. Various grounds for objection spring to mind:

  • too many units within a small curtilage

  • still too tall, too imposing in its mass, density and unsympathetic design within village setting

  • balconies overlooking children's playground

  • sections of historic stone wall on Meadow Lane to be removed to afford vehicular access

  • possible need for extra parking on Meadow Lane which is extremely narrow

  • extra pressure on overstretched utilities, as already highlighted by Northumbrian Water in their consultee document posted on the Planning Portal (link below)

I have already been in contact with Neil Armstrong and Mark Ketley of NCC Planning Department to request that the imposition of the 'Beadnell' S106 agreement (as in [16/01688/OUT]) for 100% 'principal or sole' residency occupation clause be applied within the AONB. This would stop any increase in the number of units for holiday lets within the village.

Direct link to NCC Planning Website for [17/00968/FUL] Demolition of Old School House....​

https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OMWV23QSFQA00

There are two other proposed plans up for discussion at the same meeting:

1. Proposed change of use of disused garage to 1 bed holiday cottage at The Paddock, Benthall [17/02058/COU] - Direct link:

https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OR89HHQSHFM00

 

2. Ratification of BPC consultee document concerning Hellens/Arch 52-house development to west of The Wynding [17/01401/FUL], as discussed on 17th May - Direct link:

https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OONTTVQSGEW00

25 May 2017    BUT .......Let's buy the Duke's field....

 

Dear BUT supporters,

LET'S UNITE TO BUY THE DUKE'S FIELD

Together we can protect the field, known as Beadnell Green, for ever

The Duke and Northumberland Estates have put the 45-house site between Kennedy Green and Beadnell Point at Beadnell Green up for sale using GVA as their agent.

Sealed bids are requested by 14th June. 

  • I am organising a group of interested parties to make a bid in excess of £100,000 for the site with certain conditions attached. If our bid is successful, we would set up a trust "BUT4us" to ensure that no development or access by road across the site would be allowed in perpetuity. A restrictive covenant against residential development would protect the land which would retain its agricultural status for ever. At this stage there is no requirement for any funds up front. I have already received the backing of eleven contributors (£10,000 each). Each contributor will sign a promissory note (suggested minimum contribution £1,000). Only if our bid is accepted, will any money be required. To protect the value of our properties, retain our AONB field and "conserve and enhance" our village, it is well worth a punt. Prospective developers will be asking themselves why the Duke and NE, developers supreme, would walk away from this particular project. With the stringent conditions of the "Beadnell" S106 Agreement, guaranteeing permanent occupancy, they may well decide to join the walk-out. As a result, our bid may be the only one on the table.

 

  • If that is the case, I shall open discussions with the Duke with the intention of making an offer for the entire field, which he purchased in 2000 for £200,000. The poisoned chalice of the "Beadnell" S106 Agreement has now made the building of major developments in Beadnell much less lucrative, if not uneconomic. In view of this swing against the wanton expansion of the second home market, the Duke may well consider further development within the field is not a viable option. Having made his profit from Kennedy Green and Beadnell Point, he may be prepared to deal, safe in the knowledge that no competitor will benefit.

 

It seems to me that this is too good an opportunity to miss and should be taken with both hands. 

If you would like to make a contribution, please fill in the promissory note attached. I shall then contact you to confirm receipt and keep you informed as to the progress of our bid.

N.B. No money required unless our bid is successful.

20 May 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - In it to win it.... 

To quote Sir Winston Churchill in November 1942 after the first victory of WWII; "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

 The Duke and Northumberland Estates have put the 45-house site between Kennedy Green and Beadnell Point at Beadnell Green up for sale using GVA as their agent.

Sealed bids are requested by 14th June. 

I am organising a group of interested parties to make a bid in excess of £100,000 for the site with certain conditions attached. If our bid is successful, we would set up a trust (temporary moniker 'BUT4us') to ensure that no development or access by road across the site would be allowed in perpetuity. A restrictive covenant against residential development would protect the land which would retain its agricultural status for ever.

At this stage there is no requirement for any funds up front. I have already received the backing of eleven contributors (£10,000 each). I shall ask each contributor to sign a promissory note (suggested minimum contribution £1,000) to guarantee their stated amount and put in our sealed bid for consideration. Only if accepted, will any money be required.

To protect the value of our properties, retain our AONB field and "conserve and enhance" our village, it is well worth a punt. Prospective developers will be asking themselves why the Duke and NE, developers supreme, would walk away from this particular project. With the stringent conditions of the "Beadnell" S106 Agreement, guaranteeing permanent occupancy, they may well decide to join the walk-out. As a result, our bid may be the only one on the table.

 If that is the case, I shall open discussions with the Duke with the intention of making an offer for the entire field, which he purchased in 2000 for £200,000. The poisoned chalice of the "Beadnell" S106 Agreement has now made the building of major developments in Beadnell much less lucrative, if not uneconomic. In view of this swing against the wanton expansion of the second home market, the Duke may well consider further development within the field is not a viable option. Having made his profit from Kennedy Green and Beadnell Point, he may be prepared to deal, safe in the knowledge that no competitor will benefit.

It seems to me that this is too good an opportunity to miss and should be taken with both hands. 

I look forward to your response. If you would like to meet me to discuss further details, I should be only too happy to oblige. 

 

19 May 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - Second Front....

Now it's time to open up our second front, the Northern campaign, against Hellens and Arch, who wish to destroy the open aspect of the western approach to the village with a 52-house 'Beadnell New Town' development.

Up to 50 were in the WI Hall to support a unanimous objection by all including the Parish Council. Now it's our turn to log as many objections as possible on the NCC Planning Portal. In the campaign against the Duke's Northumberland Estates no less than 208 objections were logged with none in support. There are already 14 logged.

[A word of warning: The Planning Portal will be closed down between 5pm today, Friday, and 9am tomorrow morning.]

I have been asked to help by giving instructions as to how to register/log in along with the required planning points:

​​

  • [17/01481/SCREEN] Request for environmental impact assessment screening option

https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OOYXGUQS0J000

14 May 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - Hellens, the Arch Developer....

 

The BPC will be discussing, and hopefully rejecting, the Hellens and Arch proposal to build 52 houses on the 'horse field' west of The Wynding and north of Swinhoe Road. It is important that as many as possible attend this meeting to send out a clear signal that no more housing estates should blight the village.

Hellens Residential, a registered provider of affordable homes, and Arch, the wholly owned development arm of NCC, are using GVA, the largest independent commercial property agency in the UK, to push through this 'major' development within the protected Northumberland Coast AONB. In a recent twist of fate GVA has been commissioned by Northumberland Estates to sell (sealed bids by 14th June - advertisement attached) their site of 45 houses to the south of Swinhoe Road with approved outline planning permission [as predicted, 'Beadnell' S106 Agreement has ensured development is uneconomic for NE - ed.]

If Hellens/Arch/GVA win approval, no less than 97 dwellings for permanent occupancy would be added to our village. ACT NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

3 May 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - R.I.P. Beadnell Lying in Estate....

 

As you drive over the crest of the B1340 to view the seaside village of Beadnell, expecting a peaceful, rural outlook over to the iconic spire of St Ebba's Church, you are about to be confronted by Beadnell New Town, a sprawling development of 52 houses in a field now bereft of horses.

Are these homes needed? No. Will these homes be of benefit to the community of Beadnell? No.

Last straw....

                        Final nail in coffin.....

                                                                        "Beadnell no more".......

                                                                                                                        Out, out, brief candle....

Wanton destruction of the Northumberland Coast AONB by yet another speculative developer.....

Stand up, be counted. Say, "No" to developers.

Date of Beadnell Parish Council Planning Meeting to be announced.

Direct links to NCC Planning Portal:

1 May 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - Stop the mARCH of the developers...

I have heard from Guy Renner-Thompson, our prospective Conservative County Councillor, that the Hellens/ARCH development plans for 52 houses in the horse-field to the north of Swinhoe Road, adjacent to the B1340 to Seahouses, are about to be put on the table.

I attach a piece about the way that ARCH, the wholly owned housing development arm of Northumberland County Council, work within our county. The chair of ARCH is a Labour County Councillor. If the Conservatives win a majority on the Council, they have promised to liquidate Arch as quoted by GR-T, "We will scrap the council's development company ARCH who have wasted millions of pounds on unpopular developments."

As Guy is on the side of BUT in our efforts to stop the 'MARCH of the Developers', one way to help our cause is to vote for him on Thursday, if you are on the electoral role for the Bamburgh Ward.

16 April 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - ...bare-faced cheek... 

 

Northumberland Estates (NE) have the bare-faced cheek to apply to add two holiday homes to Beadnell Point, the 40-house holiday development under construction.

But first some good news. The ridiculous plan for a 6-unit development of the Old School has been discarded by Ragu Sittambalam, the NCC Planning case officer. According to the AONB consultee comment on the Planning Portal, the planning officer has "requested a reduction in the scale of the proposal". John Woodman's strong letter of condemnation has had the desired effect. In addition, there was unanimous disapproval in the WI Hut last Wednesday. Some success at last!

Back to NE. This Wednesday at 6.30 pm in the WI Hut we convene once again to discuss and oppose NE's latest salvo. Their proposal is to replace a wooded area marked out on the original plan as part of the agreed landscaping to enhance the nature of the development. The removal of this wooded area would not only detract from the natural habitat but also add two more holiday homes, causing a further imbalance in the housing stock within the village (83% second homes/holiday lets). In the Indicative Master Plan of their approved 45-house development to the north of Beadnell Point there was a suggestion of an access route between the two sites, which would have utilised these two plots - cynical or what? I was told by Neil Armstrong, the case officer, that this proposed possible access route, as marked on the plan, was a mistake in the documents submitted by Ward Armstrong.

If, despite our objections, the two units are to be allowed, they should only be for permanent residents by imposing the condition of the "Beadnell" S106 Agreement to protect the village.

If you can, please come to the Beadnell Parish Council planning meeting this Wednesday (plans available to view from 6pm) to show your support and voice your concerns.

14 April 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - entering the political arena

You may have read in this week's edition of the Northumberland Gazette that Guy Renner-Thompson, our prospective Conservative County Councillor, was quoted in a single column giving his views on overdevelopment in Beadnell. In fact, he had submitted a stinging attack on Northumberland Labour Party policy for development and Arch, the NCC's wholly owned development arm. Guy has forwarded to me the entire text which he would like me to pass on to you for your information.

To help in our campaign to stop the wanton development of Beadnell in its tracks, I suggest you read Guy's attached deposition and put a cross against his name on your ballot papers. If elected to carry on in the forging footsteps of John Woodman, he will be an invaluable asset to our cause, as he is clearly not afraid to speak out in defence of our community.

 

9 April 2017    Beadnell Under Threat update - "..quart into a pint pot....." 

A planning application [17/00968/FUL] to demolish the Old School in Beadnell and replace it with no less than 6 three-storey townhouses (two blocks of three) has been lodged. It is to be considered by the Beadnell Parish Council this Wednesday 12th April at 6.30 pm (plans available for viewing from 6pm).

To squeeze 6 tall houses on to such a limited plot points to nothing short of seeking to maximise profit from holiday lets. There would be no gardens to speak of and very little space for car standing and manoeuvring. Various grounds for objection spring to mind:

  • too many units within a small curtilage

  • too tall and imposing in its mass and density

  • possible need for extra parking on Meadow Lane which is extremely narrow

  • extra pressure on overstretched utilities, as already highlighted by Northumbrian Water in their consultee document posted on the Planning Portal (link below)​​

I have already been in contact with Neil Armstrong and Mark Ketley of NCC Planning Department to request that the imposition of the 'Beadnell' S106 agreement for 100% 'principal or sole' residency occupation clause be applied within the AONB. This would stop any increase in the number of units for holiday lets within the village.

Please come to the meeting this Wednesday, show your support and voice your concerns.

Link to NCC Planning Website: https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application and type 'Beadnell' into the search bar and click on 'Search'. This application: Demolition..... [17/00968/FUL]

3 March 2017    B.U.T. Update - We fight on.....

I have now received confirmation from Neil Armstrong that the Section 106 Agreement has been strengthened with the help of Neil Masson, the NCC legal officer, and Mark Ketley, the Enforcement Officer. The document has been scrutinised and approved by legal counsel and signed by the Duke’s legal representative, Colin Barnes, who spoke at Morpeth on behalf of Northumberland Estates.

 

The main changes suggested by Counsel are: ​

1)       To follow the St Ives model because that has made its way into a made Neighbourhood Plan;

2)       To introduce reference to a 6 months min lease/other arrangement because it is entirely reasonable to anticipate rentals of this type;

3)       To delete previous references to guests as unduly complicated and substitute instead general ref to invitees & visitors;

4)       To insert regulation over advertisement because it would be easy to enforce and tend to pre-empt the occurrence of breaches; and

5)       Tighten up the requirement in the St Ives model to keep and supply proof of compliance within a stated timeframe.

The NCC Legal team has also made specific reference to the dwellings not being occupied as a commercial holiday let. The occupancy restriction element is set out within section 4 on pages 18 -19 of the S106 in the attached final version. 

 

*On page 7 of the signed S106 attached there is now a definition of ‘Principal’.

 

As a result of the BUT campaign and other independent objectors, we should all remain hopeful that NE will not go ahead with this unwarranted and unwanted development. The stringent conditions imposed by the upgraded S106 should make it much more difficult for NE to sell homes as 'principal or sole' residences within the confines of the economic situation in the village.

 

In addition, Neil Armstrong has informed me of the next stage of the planning process before full approval is granted, which will delay the implementation of the development:

 

In terms of what happens next for the development, the recent decision granted outline permission with approval given for all matters other than appearance. Northumberland Estates, or another developer who may well take on the site, will therefore need to submit a Reserved Matters application within 3 years of the granting of the outline planning permission seeking approval of the appearance of the housing. This will be subject to a period of consultation and publicity with the Parish Council, neighbours and other consultees, in the same way as the previous application, before any decision is made.

 

If permission for the reserved matters is granted then the development would be subject to the approved plans and conditions attached to the grant of outline planning permission and reserved matters approval (including some information required by conditions to be submitted for approval prior to commencement of development or occupation of the dwellings), as well as the S106 agreement. For clarity the S106 would apply to development of the site by any developer, and not just Northumberland Estates. The development needs to be commenced before the expiration of two years from the date of approval of the reserved matters.

 

I also attach a copy of the Decision Notice which includes a frontispiece written by Mark Ketley. Both documents can be found on the Planning Portal, links to which are on our website: www.BeadnellUnderThreat.com

24 February 2017    Minutes of NCC Strategic Planning Meeting in Morpeth on 3rd January

 

Attached is a copy of the minutes of the meeting many of us attended in County Hall, Morpeth.

I shall keep you informed of any further developments. Details, useful links and further information can be found on our website: www.BeadnellUnderThreat.com

16 February 2017    Update since Committee decision in Morpeth - Hope springs eternal.....

 

Since the decision/vote went against us on 3rd January, I have had a meeting with the main players in the implementation of any development. Present at the meeting were Neil Armstrong, the case officer, Neil Masson, the county solicitor, and Mark Ketley, the s.106 enforcement officer, along with John Woodman, our County Councillor. My purpose was to tie up any possible loose ends in the s.106 Agreement to ensure that the document was water-tight enough to avoid any legal challenge by Northumberland Estates. By the end of the meeting I was confident that all will be done to ensure that only 'principal' residences will be permitted. On the Planning Portal the status is given as: Awaiting Decision. Dare we hope that the conditions of the s.106 are so draconian that, in the context of Beadnell, the development may well be shelved for the time being? 

I assured Mark Ketley, the enforcement officer, that I have set up a Beadnell Task Force, numbering two at present, to help him monitor the roll-out of the s.106 Agreement and ensure the implementation of its promise on behalf of the villagers.

 As far as the 'Hellens' development to the north of Swinhoe Road is concerned, I was assured that a red line has already been drawn in the sand by the Planning Authority. The same s.106 Agreement will be a basic requirement and guarantee 'principal' residences in any development.

On 10th February four members of the Beadnell Parish Council had a meeting with the same players to discuss historical  breaches of planning protocol within the village and seek assurances that the s.106 would be enforced in such a way as to guarantee a zero tolerance policy with regard to second homes/holiday lets.

The end result of both meetings should be that Beadnell will be protected from further wanton development. Any more expansion will be controlled and will have to redress the balance in favour of 'principal' residences and put a stop to the building of new second homes/holiday lets.

I shall keep you informed of any further developments. Details and further information can be found on our website.

22 January 2017    Not a cat in Hellens.......  

Monday 23rd January between 3.45 pm and 6.45 pm in the W.I. Hall in Beadnell

Hellens, the speculative developer, will try to persuade us that Beadnell needs another 55 houses.  At present their proposal is still at the pre-planning stage.  If we display our total opposition to their proposal, it is possible that Hellens will walk away without even putting in an official planning application. They will be aware that Northumberland Estates have been granted permission to build 45 houses, all to be ‘principal or sole residences’, to the south of Swinhoe Road. How on earth will Hellens be able to sell a further 55 to the north?

Our mantra must be:

Plan A – No More Houses

Pan B – No More Houses

To sum up – Not a cat in Hellens chance of any more houses in Beadnell.

12 January 2017    Here we go again!

As predicted in my first flyer way back in early summer, Hellens, the developer, has now made its intentions clear about its proposed development of 55 houses to the north of Swinhoe Road.

As this is a 'PRE-APP' application, there are no documents available on the NCC Planning Portal. I have attached the Hellens flyer posted throughout Beadnell, informing us of the "community consultation" to be held on Monday 23rd January between 3.45 pm and 6.45 pm in the W.I. Hall in Beadnell.

From our experience what has happened to the south of Swinhoe Road, it is vital to voice all our concerns about needless, excessive building at the very outset of negotiations. The proposed total has now been raised  to 100 dwellings!

We must once again stand united in the face of yet another 'speculative developer'.

I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

www.BeadnellUnderThreat.com will continue to be updated with information about both major developments in Beadnell. Further action is already under way to thwart Northumberland Estates to the south - details to follow in due course. For the present, we must focus on the northern front.

7 January 2017    Beadnell Under Threat - not dead yet,

You may have heard on the grapevine that we lost the first skirmish at Committee on 3rd January. Northumberland Estates (NE) may have won but it is something of a Pyrrhic victory.

How will they be able to deliver the undeliverable - permanent residency in Beadnell, particularly in three- and four-bedroom houses, as "principal" residences?

This case has set a legal precedent - 100% permanent residency throughout the development 'in perpetuity'. The "Beadnell case" may become case law.

Our job is to ensure that NE deliver what they have promised or they will have to walk away from the entire development. We shall focus on applying the pressure implied by the County Councillors' questions at Committee. They were not convinced that NE can deliver the S106 as agreed.

Our attack shall be focused on four key personnel: Neil Armstrong, the case officer; Neil Masson, the County Solicitor, who was seated on the Chairman's left; Mark Kelley, on his right, the newly appointed S106 Monitoring Officer ( a new appointment as a direct result of this case to ensure the NCC  from now on will be able to enforce S106s); and NE who are legally "bound" by the Duke's signature on this historic Section 106 Agreement.

We shall be writing to these protagonists to let them know that we shall hold them to account and expect them to hold fast to the promise made in front of the citizens of Beadnell. Our aim is to force a face-to-face meeting, discuss their options and method of delivery of the conditions imposed and demand guarantees of fulfilment of the permanent residency clause. Let there be no misunderstanding. If we do not receive assurances that this S106 can be carried out to the letter, let them know that the Nation is watching to see, in the words of Ben O'Connell in the Northumberland Gazette on 5th January, whether this historic case is an "example for the future or (an) exercise in futility".

NE must not be allowed to get away with winning this case under false pretences. Otherwise, it will be time to unleash the Hounds of Hell!

2 Jan 2017   Beadnell Under Threat DDay 03/01/17  

Dear All,

Our DDay, Decision Day , has arrived. The fate of Beadnell hangs in the balance.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the Council Chamber in Morpeth tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.

Seats are available on the coach leaving the Sea Breeze Shop at 12.30 pm for FREE!

Talia iacta est (Julius Caesar on crossing the Long Nanny??)

Carpe diem!

31 Dec 2016   Beadnell Under Threat Rallying Cry

What have we achieved in 2016? How far have we come? What success have we had?

  • 206 objectors on the website, of which 122 are local residents, and no supporters​

 

  • The access road has been repositioned nearer to the gardens below Swinhoe Road thus preventing any building in between

 

  • Northumberland Estates (NE) have been backed into a dark corner from which they may not be able to escape. They have been forced to promise 100% residential homes 'in perpetuity' to satisfy "exceptional circumstances" and "in the public interest", a necessary condition as stated in the NPPF Para 116. This is reliant upon a robust Section 106 Agreement to be signed by the Duke of Northumberland (copy to be found dated 20th December on the Planning Portal - first website link given below)

 

  • NE will find it so difficult, if not impossible, to sell the 32 three- and four-bedroom units as permanent residences. No school, lack of supporting infrastructure and local jobs will deter most, if not all, interested parties. The end result may just be that they shelve the development citing adverse economic conditions. Thus, they will not have lost face at this committee stage, if granted 'approval', as they will have won their case. In the long run, however, we shall have lost this battle but won the war!

2016 has seen two examples of unexpected and momentous voting patterns, namely Brexit and Trump. We need to turn out in sufficient force in Morpeth to 'encourage' a volte-face by the County Councillors which would give us the winning vote. Not only would this kick off a wonderful 2017 for Beadnell but also send shock waves throughout Northumberland.

The date for our case [16/01688/OUT] to be heard is Tuesday 3rd January 2017. It will take place at County Hall, Morpeth at 2pm.

Our case will be spearheaded by Nicola Allan, of Trinity Chambers, whose strongly worded letter of objection can be read on the planning portal - 'Documents' - under the entry "Dilston House Cottage", dated 29th November (use first link below). She will be backed up by Carole Field. The Beadnell Parish Council will also be using their five-minute slot to state their opposition to this outline planning application.

You can find Neil Armstrong's officer report 'Committee Report', dated 30th December, on the Planning Portal (first link below) and on the Committee website documents (second link below)

All details, update emails, links to the Planning Portal and Committee Agenda etc., as below, and other interesting facts, including 'a heartfelt plea to the Duke of Northumberland' can be found on our website.

Details: https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=O79LASQSHLZ00

Overview of all documents available to councillors: http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meetings.aspx

At this public meeting it is vital that as many of us as possible turn up to apply moral pressure upon County Councillors on the Planning Committee, who will be the ones to decide either to approve or reject this application. A huge turnout would demonstrate both the depth of our feeling and the strength of our case.

One generous contributor has funded a 49-seater Travelsure Coach to take any supporters to Morpeth, leaving the Sea Breeze shop at 12.30 pm. If you would like to take up this generous offer of transport, please email me back as soon as possible to book your place(s).

If you would like to support our cause by adding to the growing list of contributors with any donations towards our campaign expenses, please contact me for further details.

Now is the time to act before it is too late!

15 Dec 2016

Dear All,

The date for our case [16/01688/OUT] to be heard has been set as Tuesday 3rd January 2017. It will take place at County Hall, Morpeth at 2pm.

One generous contributor has funded a 49-seater Travelsure Coach to take any supporters to Morpeth, leaving the Sea Breeze shop at 12.30 pm. If you would like to take up this generous offer of transport, please email me back as soon as possible to book your place(s).

At this public meeting it is vital that as many of us as possible turn up to apply moral pressure upon County Councillors on the Planning Committee, who will be the ones to decide either to approve or reject this application. A huge turnout would demonstrate both the depth of our feeling and the strength of our case. If not travelling on the coach, please make your own arrangements.

Our case will be spearheaded by Nicola Allan, of Trinity Chambers, whose strongly worded letter of objection can be read on the planning portal - 'Documents' - under the entry "Dilston House Cottage", dated 29th November (use first link below). She will be backed up by Carole Field. The Beadnell Parish Council will also be using their five-minute slot to state their opposition to this outline planning application.

There are now 196 objections logged on the planning portal. We are so close to our target of 200! Keep objecting and persuading others to do the same.

All details, update emails, links to the Planning Portal and Committee Agenda etc., as below, and other interesting facts, including 'a heartfelt plea to the Duke of Northumberland' can be found on our website.

Details: https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=O79LASQSHLZ00

 

Overview of information available to councillors: http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meetings.aspx

 

If you would like to support our cause by adding to the growing list of contributors with any donations towards our campaign expenses, please contact me for further details.

28 Nov 2016

Dear All,

There are now 187 objections logged on the planning portal. A great target before Committee would be 200! Keep objecting and persuading others to do the same.

All details and other interesting facts can be found on our website: BeadnellUnderThreat.com

An update on the third and final Beadnell Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 16th November to discuss the minor amendments made by Northumberland Estates (NE) as their last throw of the dice. So desperate are they to get the access road built to facilitate further development that they have moved the goalposts of the s.106 Agreement from 60% to 100% permanent residents, though actually not stated as such, and extended the time limit from six to twelve months.

 As I argued at the meeting, the nine social/'affordable' houses will probably fulfil the terms of the agreement and ensure permanent residents. In addition, the four earmarked as two-bedroom houses might go to retirees as permanent residents. The remaining 32, however, will not sell to permanent residents in Beadnell as they are of three- and four- bedroom design. No school, no services, weak infrastructure and no jobs will not support families who need to fund mortgages. Travelling to school and work will increase the carbon footprint of the village. What will happen to these uninhabited 32 dwellings? After the twelve month period has elapsed NE will have permission from NCC to sell these houses on the open market as second homes/holiday lets, which, as we all know well, has become the default position in Beadnell. NE know this, as the economic situation will dictate the terms. Frothy/scary stock markets, feeble bond/annuity rates and zero savings returns are pushing the wealthy to use property as a depository for their wealth and pension provision. Even if the s.106 Agreement were to be 'in perpetuity', it would still not protect the village.

Beadnell provides a well-known premium on second home values. As a result, rather than 'building our way out of the problem', as is an oft heard quote, Beadnell would reinforce its position at the top of the second home table with well above the present 80-85% preponderance - a ludicrous developer-inflicted situation. It would mean needless, wanton destruction of the Northumberland Coast AONB in the interests of a powerful developer. There are simply no "exceptional circumstances" and it is certainly not "in the public interest"; both vital conditions required to warrant this major development, if NPPF Para 116 planning guidelines are not to be flouted.

In the end Jennifer Hall was the only councillor to vote in favour of the application. She reverted to her position at the first of the three planning meetings. The main reason for her decision to revert was the perceived bonus of 100% permanent residency clause in the revised s. 106 Agreement, even though I had stated categorically earlier in the meeting that this revision would not work in the Beadnell situation. The majority of 3-1 against carried the day. We were assured by the Chairman that the BPC would use their five-minute slot at Committee to oppose the application.

 

At the Committee hearing at County Hall, Morpeth, our case will be spearheaded by Nicola Allan, of Trinity Chambers, and backed up by Carole Field.

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The next phase of the campaign takes us all to County Hall in Morpeth where our case, spearheaded by Nicola Allan, of Trinity Chambers, will be put before Committee.

 

Venue: County Hall, Morpeth

 

Date: Tuesday 20th December or Tuesday 3rd January

 

Time: 2 pm

 

At this public meeting it is vital that as many of us as possible turn up to apply moral pressure upon County Councillors on the Planning Committee who will decide the fate of our case. A huge turnout would demonstrate both the depth of our feeling and the strength of our case.

 

In order to facilitate the logistics of this operation, I shall be making arrangements to book a Travelsure Coach to transport supporters from Beadnell Sea Breeze shop to County Hall in Morpeth.

 

The price for the round trip will be £5 + any donations towards the cost. One generous supporter has donated £50 to the fund.

15 Nov 2016

This is it. The endgame is here. The final Beadnell Parish Council planning meeting to discuss the outline planning application for 45 houses and an access across Beadnell Green to the south of Swinhoe Road [16/01688/OUT]  will be held at 6.30 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, 16th November in the WI Hall.

It is vital as many of us turn up as possible to ensure that we show the Parish Council we are fully committed to the cause as they should be. At the second planning meeting they voted unanimously to reject the application. As there is no major difference to the overall plans, there should be no change to their position. Logged on 14th October, the alignment of the road has been slightly moved to help with traffic calming and there have been minor adjustments made within the curtilage of the site, neither of which improve Northumberland Estates' case.

 

More news about our campaign and its future direction will be announced at the planning meeting tomorrow evening.

 

I hope to see you all there, if you can make it.

12 Nov 2016

 

Firstly, news of yet another Beadnell Parish Council (BPC) meeting this Wednesday 16th November at 6.30 pm in the WI Hut to discuss and vote on the Northumberland Estates’ Outline planning application [16/01688/OUT] for 45 houses and access road across Beadnell Green, south of Swinhoe Road and Kennedy Green. The good news is that all of our efforts, through meetings, objections and favourable press coverage, have forced Northumberland Estates to amend their plans a third time in order to try and wriggle their way around NCC. Their new ruse is to extend the S106 Agreement to 12 months and 100% permanent occupancy, which we all know will not work in Beadnell. Failure to sell with that condition in place will mean release from the binding clause and yet more second homes/holiday lets as in all past experience. We must keep up the pressure to ensure the BPC, knowing the depth of our feelings and strength of our argument, stick to their last decision and continue to oppose the plans unanimously.

 

Secondly, with the help of a supporter, I have procured the services of Nicola Allan of Trinity Chambers to act on our behalf. As a specialist in planning law, she will compose a professional all-encompassing objection and spearhead our case before Committee at County Hall in Morpeth. Many of you will know of her sterling work and success rate in defending Green Belt/AONB areas of Newcastle and Northumberland. She may well be second to none in the county and a game-changer for us.

 

With Nicola on board we have progressed to the next level of our campaign. To keep up the momentum, please persuade your friends and fellow supporters to log or write an objection. On the planning portal we are up to 168 objectors from 127 a week ago!  See our website for progress and updates – www.BeadnellUnderThreat.com – where full details and easy-to-follow instructions can be found.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Wednesday evening to forward our cause.

9 Nov 2016

Dear All,

I should like to update you on the situation, the progress of our campaign and the new website.

 

First of all, thank you to the 'scores of residents' who came to our meeting.

 

On Saturday 29th October, Carole Field and I joint-chaired a well attended meeting in the W.I. Hall. Ben O'Connell of the Northumberland Gazette was invited and he has written an excellent article in this Thursday's edition. The link is : http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/northumberland-village-fights-against-further-development-1-8208198

 

At the meeting I announced that this outline application has been referred to the Planning Committee in County Hall, Morpeth, where the final decision will be made by the fifteen County Councillors, one of whom is John Woodman, our councillor and, more importantly, chair of the AONB. Committee Meetings Link for dates and agenda etc.: http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meetings.aspx.

 

At that Committee Meeting it is vital that Neil Armstrong, the Case Officer, recommends refusal. We have a strong case, summed up as follows:

  • Major development within Northumberland Coast AONB - Paragraphs 114, 115 and 116 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). There are no "exceptional circumstances" to warrant the flouting of Para 116, as there is no "need for the development" and it is not "in the public interest".

  • Sustainability - the infrastructure and utilities are at full stretch already and the village cannot sustain any increase in development. There are no realistic jobs within the locality, no school and few amenities. Further development would simply increase the transport overload and the carbon footprint that would defy the stated climate change targets.

  • The S106 Agreement, recently amended to ensure sales solely to permanent residents, is to last only 12 months. This is doomed to failure, as in so many previous cases. After the year is up, a mere hiccough in building terms, the developer will apply to the NCC to be released from the S106 and sell the houses on the open market which will fail to protect the village from yet more second homes being added to their 80% + preponderance.

  • Huge opposition within the village and beyond is highlighted by 133 objections so far on Planning Portal. There will be a detrimental effect on the character of the "village".

 

It is vital to show Neil Armstrong the depth of our feelings and the strength of our case and thus persuade him to recommend a refusal.

 

The most effective action is for as many as possible to log or write an individual "public comment" objection. At present, 133 of us have logged objections.

 

Please log or write as soon as you can to help us in our cause. I attach full instructions on how to log or write your objections (you are allowed to log more than one, but each person counts as only one objector).

 

Please send me your name and address, including postcode, to be added to our petition - if you have not already done so.

 

Finally, we now have a website on which to coordinate our efforts. All the above links and more are posted. Please visit it and communicate your thoughts. The link is: http://www.beadnellunderthreat.com

 

Power to the People!

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