Quayside development would be ‘too overbearing’

Posted on 16th August 2022 | in Community

An organisation set up to help conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Northumberland coast has objected to proposals to build four apartment blocks along Amble’s quayside.

Visualisation of how the new three, four and five storey development would look from Amble’s town square

After requesting further technical visualisations, Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) have said they cannot support the proposed new three, four and five storey blocks at Coble Marina, saying “the scale and mass of the proposed development will introduce a bulky and overbearing element into views from the east, south and north…”

The proposed new apartment blocks would be built next to the existing Coble Quay apartments

The organisation is a consultee on the development, and did not object to development of the boatyard site in principle, but said “the design proposed is considered too bulky and overbearing, and represents overdevelopment of the site that would impact on the setting of the AONB.”

Plans were submitted in 2021 to develop four blocks consisting of 54 apartments on the site of the Amble Boat Yard at Coble Quay.

Visualisation of how the new apartments would look from Leazes Street

Amble Town Council also objected to the proposal on the grounds of mass, density and highways. They also objected that the plans do not include on site affordable housing provision, rather there would be a financial donation for affordable housing to be built off site, and not necessarily in Amble.

Northumberland County Council has yet to make a decision on whether the development will be approved or not.

You can see the plans on Northumberland County Council’s website. Planning ref: 21/03144/FUL

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