Approval has been granted for the development of six sustainable rural homes in Northumberland after a series of earlier planning applications were rejected due to heritage concerns.
BH Planning and Design has obtained planning permission for the development of six residential properties within the grounds of the Grade II listed Blue House Farm at the west end of Bedlington.
Set in open countryside beyond the boundaries of the Settlement of Bedlington, this site has attracted attention and planning applications in the past, but all have been turned down due to concerns about maintaining the site’s cultural heritage.
The site’s planning history includes the rejection of 11 two-storey houses to the north and west of Blue House Farm. A call for the same proposal was also rejected on the grounds that it would not conform to the setting and features of the historic farmhouse.
However, BH Planning and Design’s recent application was backed by Northumberland County Council after the plans were deemed to be “site heritage sensitive” by “reflecting the site’s agricultural origins”.
Planning Director Mark Ketley, who led the successful planning application, said: “I think we succeeded by providing a design approach sensitive to the location of the site and its heritage significance, and by being sustainability when considering the planning approach.
“The new houses were designed by Edable Architecture and are based on typical Northumberland farmhouse typologies. With a mix of traditional and contemporary materials such as stone walls, slate roofs, zinc and timber cladding, and the incorporation of low stone walls throughout the development, when completed the site will provide an authentic rural Northumberland feel.”
According to Solstice Heritage, which prepared the heritage statement for the application, the development is considered to have a “neutral effect on the significance of the adjacent designated property” and as such meets the “sustainable development” objectives set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.
Joanne Wood, Principal Planner at BH Planning and Design, said: “As the design of this project has been carefully considered and has involved input from Solstice Heritage, the development has sought to limit the impact it has on the setting. and the importance of listing build on site while ensuring proper design in terms of volume, materials and form.”