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Golf Club withdraws planning application

by David Woodard on 5 October, 2018

Planning application 18/00984/FUL has been withdrawn by Longhirst Hall Golf Club. This application was for “a change of use of land to accommodate 150 holiday lodges and operational development of internal roads and pitches along with new site access”. The withdrawal took place a few days after Northumberland County Council planning officers in a report […]

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The Northumberland Local Plan when adopted will supersede the many planning policies from the former County and District Councils into a single planning document and ensure consistency in planning policies across Northumberland. The task started by the Lib Dem administration in 2009 was going to be difficult, some would say almost impossible, but the lack […]

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Morpeth Tories are planning a local ‘land grab’

by David Woodard on 5 March, 2018

The minutes of Morpeth Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee published on their website www.morpeth-tc.gov.uk reveal that Tory councillors are hatching a plan to extend the town’s boundary. Land and housing in the adjacent parishes of Hepscott, Mitford and Hebron are being targeted. There is a formal process for changing parish boundaries. Adjustments are […]

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On 4 April 2017 Northumberland County Council’s Strategic Planning Committee met to consider a planning application ref. 16/04458/FUL which had proposed a Change of use of land at Longhirst Hall Golf Club to accommodate 150 holiday lodges and operational development of roads and pitches along with new site access. The Planning Committee resolved that the […]

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Morpeth First School to be relocated

by David Woodard on 10 November, 2017

Labour before they lost control of Northumberland County Council in May this year got something right! They recognised the poor condition and difficult location of Morpeth First School’s premises at Goosehill and sought to build a new school. Unfortunately they wanted to build a new school on the area immediately in front of County Hall […]

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In 2014, when Alan Beith was the MP for the Berwick upon Tweed constituency, the coalition government announced that sections the A1 in Northumberland were to be upgraded to dual carriageway. Now, later than was expected, Highways England has announced the preferred route from Morpeth to Felton. The Green route option has been chosen. This […]

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Yesterday I learnt from the colleagues I worked with on the Neighbourhood Plan that all three developers have withdrawn their development proposals. There will no longer be a Public Inquiry and we can expect any future development of the land around County Hall to be consistent with the planning policies in the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan […]

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Home Group Withdraw from County Hall Site Application

by David Woodard on 20 April, 2017

It has today been confirmed by the County Council Chief Executive, Steven Mason, that Home Group have withdrawn from the planning application to build new homes on the County Hall site. However, Mr Mason knows nothing about any changes regarding the retail park application by Maple Grove. It will be interesting to see what happens […]

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A Masterplan for the Morpeth area is needed

by David Woodard on 19 March, 2017

Along with other Liberal Democrats I am supporting the ‘South Morpeth Coalition ‘, a non-political organisation. Their aim is to get attractive developments within Morpeth which are consistent with the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan and will allow the market town to thrive. The County Council’s controlling Labour administration plans for Morpeth are piecemeal and put together […]

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A delay to the ‘making’ of the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan is due to a last minute legal challenge from Mitford Estates. The delay is a matter of great concern for the people of Morpeth, Pegswood, Hebron, Hepscott and Mitford and particularly infuriating for all those who worked so hard to prepare the Plan. Mitford Estates […]

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