Plan for 12 apartments thrown out

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A PLAN to build 12 two-bedroom apartments on land behind Front Street in Bedlington has been rejected by councillors.

Northumberland County Council’s south east planning committee first approved the scheme in February 2010, subject to the applicants agreeing to provide a children’s play area, indoor and outdoor sports provision either on or off site.

Last April, the committee allowed more time for an amended application to be submitted as talks were continuing over outstanding issues.

But last week the committee heard that while some of the required information had been received, there were still title deeds outstanding, without which no agreement on sports provision could be made.

Planning officer Judith Brown’s advice to the meeting, read by area development manager south east Jennie Adamson, was: “The applicant and the applicant’s solicitor have been aware of this for some time and were given a deadline by which to submit the information, which has now expired.

“Given the time lapse since planning permission was minded to be approved by members, and in view of the further time allowed in April to enable the applicant to gather the outstanding information, it is considered that planning permission should now be refused.”

Members on the south east planning committee agreed unanimously to refuse the application.