Preserving town’s past

Newbiggin's fourth lifeboat, the Robert and Susan, in 1898.
Newbiggin's fourth lifeboat, the Robert and Susan, in 1898.
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A scheme to open up a key piece of Newbiggin’s maritime history to visitors has taken a major step forward with the approval of a planning bid.

Earlier this month, members of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee gave the go-ahead to an application to change the use of the former rocket house, on Sandridge, from a storage unit to a conserved rocket house open to visitors.

Concerns had been raised about the impact of the extra traffic on the area’s narrow streets and the existing parking problems.

Objector Philip Walker said: “I’m not against the rocket house initiative, however, I do believe that the proposals have been developed without due attention to the impact of the visitor centre on nearby residents.”

The county council’s highways authority raised no objections to the proposals.