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The Planning Inspectorate arranged a public inquiry to consider an appeal by Devonport Estates against the decision of Northumberland County Council to refuse planning permission for the construction of a landmark sculpture and associated development on 9.5 hectates of land at Cold Law, Stiddlehill Common, Near Ridsdale, Ray Estate, Northumberland. Appeal Ref: APP/P2935/W/20/3244389

The Inquiry which opened on Tuesday 9 March 2021 is now closed (19/03/21). The appeal is now awaiting a decision.

The on-line library below holds all the Core Documents relating to the Inquiry. All documents will open in a new window as a PDF unless stated otherwise. The original application reference 19/00247/FUL can be viewed on our Public Access system.

Further information about the Inquiry can be obtained from Leanne Palmer, Case Officer, The Planning Inspectorate. Telephone: 0303 444 5471 Email: leanne.palmer@planninginspectorate.gov.uk
A.1 Application Forms and Certificates
A.2 Site Location Plan [Drawing Ref. 1131_001]
A.3 Planning Statement (with Design & Access Statement), prepared by W Fabian [January 2019]
A.4 Construction Strategy Statement, prepared by Simon Hitchens [January 2019]
A.5 Construction Detail, prepared by Shadbolt Civil & Structural Engineers [Drawing Ref. 2542C/510 Rev B]
A.6 Construction Details, prepared by Shadbolt Civil & Structural Engineers [Drawing Ref. 2542C/510 Rev A]
A.7 Indicative Surface Water Drainage Plan, prepared by Shadbolt Civil & Structural Engineers [Drawing Ref. 2542C/514 Rev A]
A.8 Outline Surface Water Drainage Strategy, prepared by Shadbolt Civil & Structural Engineers [January 2019]
A.9 Preliminary Risk Assessment (Phase I GeoEnvironmental), prepared by The Shadbolt Group [June 2017]
A.10 Proposed General Arrangement, prepared by Structure Workshop Engineers [Drawing Ref. 18028.901 Rev P1]
A.11 Foundation Proposal, prepared by Structure Workshop Engineers [Drawing Ref. 18028.902 Rev P1]
A.12 Ecological Appraisal, prepared by E3 Ecology [January 2019]
A.13 Transport Statement, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [January 2019]
A.14 Proposed site access arrangement visibility splay – vertical, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0004]
A.15 Site Access Arrangement, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0009]
A.16 Swept Path Analysis – Coach, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0005 Rev C]
A.17 Swept Path Analysis – Refuse Vehicle, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0007 Rev C]
A.18 Swept Path Analysis – Refuse Vehicle – For Information, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0007 Rev B]
A.19 Swept Path Analysis – Refuse Collection Ray Estate, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0010 Rev B]
A.20 Site Access Arrangement (Construction), prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0009 Rev C]
A.21 Correspondence – Transport, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [26 March 2019]
A.22 Desk Based Assessment and Archaeological Impact Assessment, prepared by Bamburgh Research Project [January 2019]
A.23 Archaeology – Report on Trial Trench Evaluation, prepared by Bamburgh Research Project [April 2019]
A.24 Copy of news articles in local press, prepared by The Journal (Newspaper) [May/August 2018]
A.25 Future Community Engagement Strategy – Community Writing Strategy, prepared by Matthew Jarratt (Arts Curator) New Writing North
A.26 Community Exhibitions, Feedback and Website Report, prepared by Matthew Jarratt (Arts Curator)





 
E.1 Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.2 LVIA Figures (Part 1), prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.3 LVIA Figures (Part 2), prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.4 LVIA Figures (Part 3), prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.5 Landscape Precedents – Car Park Surfacing and Edging, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.6 Concept Sketch – Car Park Indicative Sketch, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_022]
E.7 Existing and Proposed Sections, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_110]
E.8 Existing Topographical Survey, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_010]
E.9 Landscape Precedents – Integrated Furniture, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.10 Landscape Strategy – Car Park Area Plan, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_101]
E.11 Landscape Strategy, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_100]
E.12 Proposed Site Plan – Construction, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_012]
E.13 Proposed Layout Plan, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_011]
E.14 Existing and Proposed Section – Landmark & Viewing Area, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_111]
E.15 LVIA Review prepared by Stephenson Halliday [May 2019]

 
K.1 Appeal Statement by Keep the Wannies Wild and appendices [February 2020]
K.2 Statement of Case by Keep the Wannies Wild and appendices 1-16 [December 2020]
K.3 Proof of Evidence of Jean Jones - Landscape
K.3.1 Appendices to Proof of Evidence Jean Jones - Landscape
K.3.2 Summary of Proof of Evidence Jean Jones - Landscape
K.3.3 Rebuttal of Jean Jones (Landscape)
K.4 Proof of Evidence Jean Jones - Planning
K.4.1 Appendices to Proof of Evidence Jean Jones - Planning
K.4.2 Summary of Proof of Evidence Jean Jones - Planning
K.4.3 Rebuttal of Jean Jones (Planning)
K.5 Proof of Evidence of Anne Palmer
K.5.1 Appendices to Proof of Evidence Anne Palmer
K.5.2 Summary of Proof of Evidence Anne Palmer
K.6 Proof of Evidence of Emma Anderson
K.6.1 Appendices to Proof of Evidence Emma Anderson
K.6.2 Summary of Proof of Evidence Emma Anderson

 
Guidance for our customers on the Planning Service during Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information was last updated 25 March 2021. 

There have been changes to how some of our services operate due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). For the latest up-to-date information please read our Planning Services Frequently Asked Questions - Covid-19 Guidance Document.


To submit an application please see our Apply for Planning Permission page.

ALERT: Validation delays. We are currently experiencing high volumes of work and as a result there are currently delays with Validation. We are working hard to get through the back log. All applications that are deemed valid will be registered from the date they were recieved. Thank you for your patience.

Questions and advice

Before contacting us please read the information on our planning webpages as these may answer your query. We cannot give you advice on whether or not permission is required over the phone or by email because it takes time and further detail to assess this properly, for step by step advice read our Do I need planning permission guidance.

Questions about specific applications should be directed to the Case Officer for that application. Their name can be found using the reference number on our Public Access system where you can also submit comments online. For anything else if you know the name of the person/team within Planning Services you need to contact please send your correspondence directly to them or view the email addresses for specific planning teams. If you are emailing us about a specific site or application please include the address/reference number so we can find it.
The Council has responded to the Planning White Paper consultation which sought views on a package of proposals for reform of the planning system in England, covering plan-making, development management, development contributions, and other related policy proposals.

View the County Council's response to the full White Paper 
Due to the effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic, there have been some temporary changes to planning law. COVID -19 - Planning and Business Act 2020.

Certain permissions and consents that were due to expire in 2020 have now been extended.

Outline Planning Permission

  • Outline permission that would, or has expired between 19 August 2020 and 31 December 2020 is now automatically extended until 1 May 2021;
  • Outline permission that has expired between 23 March 2020 and 18 August 2020, will require an application for Additional Environmental Approval. If granted, outline permission will then be extended until 1 May 2021;
  • Any deadline for seeking the approval of reserved matters, which would otherwise or has expired between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020, is now automatically extended to 1 May 2021.

Planning Permission

  • Planning permission that would or has expired between 19 August 2020 and 31 December 2020 is now automatically extended until 1 May 2021;
  • Planning permission that has expired between 23 March 2020 and 18 August 2020, will require an application for Additional Environmental Approval. If granted, planning permission will be extended until 1 May 2021.

Listed Building Consent

  • All listed building consents with a time limit for implementation between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 is automatically extended to 1 May 2021. If you would like written confirmation of this please follow the same procedure below for automatically extended planning permissions.
  • Listed building consents are not subject to a requirement to obtain Additional Environmental Approval.

Automatic extensions of time limit

You may wish us to provide written confirmation that the permission is extended. For a written confirmation of automatic extension of time please send an email quoting the planning application reference number with your name and full postal address to planning@northumberland.gov.uk. No fee is required. We are dealing with high volumes of work but will aim to provide you with a response within 7 working days of receipt. Confirmation can be requested up to 1 May 2021.

Additional environmental approval 

For an Application for Additional Environmental Approval please email the information required to planning@northumberland.gov.uk. No fee is required. To provide you with a response in time we must receive your application no later than 2 December 2020.

The Gov.uk website provides further information on what you need to submit with your application.

Futher guidance

The Gov.uk website provides further guidance on the extension of certain planning permissions

Modification of construction working hours

A new fast-track system has been introduced, which will allow an applicant to apply to extend construction working hours on a development site, where this is currently subject to a planning condition. The provisions will be in place so that any extended working hours can remain up until 1st April 2021. After 1st April 2021, the original conditions over construction hours will resume. How to apply to extend construction working hours on a development site.

View the application form and further detail on the new route for applicants seeking to extend construction site working hours introduced in the Business and Planning Act.

The aim of the new temporary fast track deemed consent route under section 74B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is to enable urgent changes to construction working hours to support safe construction working in line with the government’s latest social distancing guidance on construction and other outdoor work. For many construction sites, implementation of this guidance will require changes to working practices, including staggered starts and finishes, requiring different hours of operation to those which are currently permitted for the site through planning conditions. Local Authorities have 14 calendar days to determine such applications and no fee is required.

Application Form for Modification of Conditions relating to Construction Working Hours (Word document)

Please email the completed form to planning@northumberland.gov.uk. Note that applications can only be made electronically.

Visit the .gov.uk website for further guidance on the modification of planning conditions relating to construction working hours.
 
Northumberland County Council Planning Service are asking for volunteers to carry out some online testing and provide feedback.

Northumberland County Council is now part of a government funded project called RIPA (Reducing Invalid Planning Applications) which aims to make it quicker and easier for people to submit planning applications. The project has already completed the Alpha phase view the report outlining the findings. As the project moves through the Beta phase we need volunteers to carry out some user testing and provide us with feedback and suggestions. The testing will be conducted remotely. 

If you’re interested in taking part in the Beta phase please complete the screener form. It should only take a couple of minutes to complete the form and register your interest. To find out more about the project, visit www.ripa.digital and the Lambeth project page. For help or questions, please contact the Lambeth team on digitalplanning@lambeth.gov.uk.

We are all looking forward to seeing pubs, cafes and restaurants open again.

On 22 February 2021 the Prime Minister published a roadmap for easing the lockdown restrictions. The letter received 5th March below highlights the measures now in place to support the safe re-opening of hospitality businesses, including:
  • Making it easier and cheaper for pubs, restaurants and cafes to continue to make al fresco dining a reality with outside seating, tables and street stalls to serve food and drinks.
  • Continuing to support local communities hold popular outdoor events like summer fairs, car-boot sales, and markets, without the need for planning permission.
  • The automatic right to provide takeaways and do deliveries we created at the start of the pandemic is going to continue, as will the right for pubs to have marquees and awnings without planning permission for up to two months.
 
View the original Business and Planning Act implemented in 2020 
 
If any business is considering making use of the new flexibilities they need to contact Planning Services at planning@northumberland.gov.uk as soon as possible and before they make any changes to how their property is used. We will put you in touch with the Licensing Team if this is also required when you ask us about Planning requirements. 
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