An extension has been approved on a luxury home on the coast in Blyth which has been at the heart of a long-running saga over an unbuilt sea wall.
At last Wednesday’s Ashington and Blyth Local Area Council, permission was given to applicant Barry Elliott to build a three-storey side/rear extension and basement at Bayview, Beachway.
The former Ukip member of Blyth Town Council, who stood for the party at the 2015 General Election, is also the developer of the Beachway development, on a cul-de-sac off Links Road in the South Shore area.
He was given permission in 2013 for the three detached properties on the seafront, with a condition that a sea wall be built prior to the first person moving in so that the homes are protected from flooding.
But this didn’t happen and Northumberland County Council threatened enforcement action in 2016, saying that residents would be evicted and the homes demolished.
Subsequent plans for the sea wall were approved in February 2017 and were due to have been implemented by December 30 last year, but Mr Elliott applied for a 12-month extension.
At the February meeting of the local area council, councillors agreed that the deadline for carrying out the works would be September 30.
Blyth Town Council had objected to the latest extension proposal as an over-development of the site, but planning officers deemed it acceptable and recommended it for approval.
An attached condition means that the extension cannot be built until ‘improvement works to the adjacent sea wall have been undertaken’ and ‘arrangements in respect of the long-term maintenance of that improved sea wall have been secured’.