Fears over boy racers fail to block pharmacy

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CONCERNS about boy racers have failed to stop planning permission being renewed for a medical centre in Ashington.

Two petitions signed by 44 people altogether raised fears that the proposed road layout would encourage high-speed driving and cause parking problems.

Permission for a two-storey medical centre, including a pharmacy and nursery, at Meadowfield, North Seaton, was granted three years ago but had been about to run out.

Northumberland County Council’s south east area planning committee have agreed to renew that consent.

Neighbours had been concerned that a new road beside St Clement’s Court would create a rat run for boy racers, but they were reassured that traffic-calming measures would be installed.