New home at West Ancroft gets permission

councillors have overturned the recommendation of planners to approve outline plans for a new farm worker’s property at West Ancroft Farm.

The Douglas family had initially withdrawn their application for a detached home on the farm on the advice of planning officers at Northumberland County Council.

However, the matter was called in by local councillor Dougie Watkin and subsequently approved by members of the north area planning committee on Thursday.

Asif Khan, principal planning officer, advised refusal on the basis that there were three other properties within the farm complex which could accommodate the proposed worker’s dwelling.

But James Douglas explained the importance of having an extra farm worker on site to handle the growing needs of a farm which has quadrupled in size since 1999.

Councillor Watkin said: There’s a father and three sons working on that farm so you need four properties.”

Coun Anthony Murray added: “It’s necessary that someone else can live on this farm to be part of the enterprise.”