Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Plan for Homes Is Changed; One Building Taken Away from Development in Bid to Ease Concerns

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Plan for Homes Is Changed; One Building Taken Away from Development in Bid to Ease Concerns

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Byline: Dave Black

C ONTROVERSIAL development plans aimed at securing the future of a historic Northumberland harbour have been scaled down in a bid to tackle opposition from local people.

A war of words has been rumbling in Beadnell since the project to build luxury homes for sale near the 18th-Century harbour were revealed earlier this year.

The village Fishermen's Society wants to use the sale proceeds to maintain the harbour - which was gifted to local fishing families by Sir John Craster in 1951 - and ensure its long-term upkeep and survival.

But members of the Save Beadnell Association claim the scheme will harm the area's heritage and character, and say they are willing to buy the harbour and pay to maintain it. Now the Fishermen's Society has decided to reduce the number of luxury homes to be built from four to three in an attempt to deal with concerns raised by villagers.

The society is now applying to the county council to build two homes at The Haven site and one at White Rock.

Yesterday society secretary, John Wall, said: "After full consultation, and having taken account of the strength of local feeling and the importance of respecting the fishing history and heritage of Beadnell, we have reduced our proposal from four to three properties.

"Our development proposal for The Haven site has now been reduced from three houses to two, which leaves the southern aspect of the site undeveloped and, as before, respects the existing right of way to the beach and the listed bark pots." The society says the revised proposals will still allow it to create an annuity, and donate a substantial gift from the sale proceeds to Craster Harbour in appreciation of Sir John's original gift.

Mr Wall added: "This is tremendously important to the village of Beadnell and to the families who have fished from this harbour for generations. …

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