Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Plans for PS1m Monument Rejected - but May Rise Again

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Plans for PS1m Monument Rejected - but May Rise Again

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Byline: BEN O'CONNELL Local democracy reporter @benjaminoc

PLANS for a sculpture almost three times the height of the Angel of the North have been rejected. Northumberland County Council's strategic planning committee rejected proposals for the Elizabeth Landmark, a tribute to Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth on the summit of Cold Law, west of Kirkwhelpington, by 13 votes to three despite previously having been recommended for approval.

Representatives of Lord Devonport, who submitted the plans for the PS1m monument, have said they plan to lodge an appeal against the decision.

The decision was deferred to allow a site visit but following the trip members rejected the proposal.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank said following the visit: "I said to myself, no, no, no, local people have it right on this one."

Reference had been made to the larger wind turbines already in the area, but Councillor Jeff Reid said: "Those windmills are going to come to the end of their life and they are going to come down. If you build that there, we are going to be long dead and it's still going to be there. It's marking the landscape in an inappropriate way."

Councillor Trevor Thorne, who moved approval the first time round, said he still supported the scheme, but Coun Barry Flux, who proposed refusal, concluded: "The Wannies are wild, let's keep it that way."

The idea for the monument was revealed last May by the owner of the Ray estate, Lord Devonport, with the design - Ascendant, by Simon Hitchens - selected from three last August.

The inspiration was to provide a new cultural tourism destination, with a viewing area, small car park and pathways accessible to walkers and cyclists as well as motorists. There would be no toilets, visitor centre or amenities, but signage would direct visitors to facilities, including pubs and shops, in Ridsdale, West Woodburn, Sweet Hope Loughs, Knowesgate, and Kirkwhelpington. …

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