Parish Council Meeting – Monday 14th September 2020

It has been agreed to hold a meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 14th September 2020 at 7.45 p.m.

This meeting will now be held on Zoom only (no physical meeting will be held at the Parish Hall as previously advertised).

For a copy of the agenda, please click here.

To view the supporting papers please click below:

Paper A – amended

Paper B

Paper C

To view a copy of the draft Minutes from the meeting held on Monday 13th July 2020, please click here.

County Councillor Anne Dale will take questions from 7.15 pm and questions to the Council will be taken from 7.30 – 7.45 pm.  In case of technical difficulties with Zoom, it would be helpful if anyone wishing to speak during the public question and answer session could notify the the Clerk in advance and not later than 12 noon on Monday 14th September.  Anyone asking a question much clearly identify themselves on Zoom.

Instructions for joining the Zoom meeting on Monday are given below or can be found on the agenda.  Alternatively, please contact the Clerk informing her you wish to observe the meeting and she will send you the link (

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Proposal to build a house on land south of Church Lane – Application number 20/01932/FUL


The planning application for Fold House is now available online.

To view the application please click on the following link and search using the application number above:

The Parish Council does have one paper copy of the application and if you are unable to view it online please contact the Clerk (682348) to arrange to borrow the documents for a period of 24 hours.

We would encourage people to respond with valid planning framework comments (see below), and if you would like to submit anything by way of a response, either in support or objection, then you should comment in the following ways:

  • via the planning portal website as detailed above
  • by sending an email to
  • by writing to The Planning Department (West Area Team), Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF

Comments should be received by Wednesday 26th August although we understand that there is a little flexibility with that date should residents be away.

Please note: The Parish Council has been given an extension and is able to submit its comments on 15th September following the Parish Council meeting on Monday 14th September when it will be discussed.




The council can only take land use planning issues into account when it makes a decision on an application. These will vary depending on the proposal and the site circumstances, but may include:

  • The council’s planning policies
  • Central government planning guidance
  • The size, appearance, layout and density of the proposed development
  • Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing
  • Overlooking or loss of privacy
  • Means of access, parking, servicing, traffic generation, highway safety
  • Impact on landscape and ecological habitats
  • Effect on listed buildings, conservation areas and archaeology
  • Noise and disturbance
  • Air quality and odours
  • Contamination
  • Flood risk
  • Renewable energy, sustainability of proposed development
  • Crime prevention and community safety

The following are matters which the council cannot take into account, these include:

  • Private property matters such as boundary and access disputes, rights to light, restrictive covenants, capacity of private drains, damage to property during construction
  • Effects on property value
  • Trade competition
  • Loss of view
  • Building regulations matters such as structural safety and fire prevention and matters covered by other laws such as alcohol or gaming licences
  • The applicant’s personal conduct, history or motives


Annual Parish Meeting 2020

Unfortunately, it was not possible to hold the annual Parish Meeting this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The annual Parish Meeting allows various organisations in the village to update parishioners about their activities and plans.  These organisations have still prepared their reports and they can be read by clicking on the links below:

Parish Council – report by Cllr. Andy Dunhill

Village Hall Trust – report by Janet Padgett

Broomhaugh First School – report by Jennifer Ainsley

County Council – report by Cllr. Anne Dale 


Play Park has reopened

We are pleased to have reopened the play park now that Covid-19 restrictions have been eased.

It’s not possible to clean and sanitise this outdoor equipment so parents and carers are asked to ensure that children use hand gel frequently.  We have also suggested a maximum number of children who should use the equipment at any one time.  If it’s busy please come back later.  Follow the guidance displayed at the entrance gate or for more information,  please click here: poster.

Meeting of the Parish Council – Monday 13th July 2020

It has been agreed to hold a meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 13th July 2020 at 7.45 p.m.

This meeting will be a hybrid meeting.  Councillors have the choice of attending in person at the Parish Hall, Millfield Road or online via Zoom.  Due to the need for social distancing, 10 residents can observe the meeting in person by booking a place with the Clerk ( or alternatively residents may observe the meeting via Zoom.

For a copy of the agenda, please click here.  The agenda displays the link to the Zoom meeting or alternatively, if you contact the Clerk, she will email the link.  To view a copy of the draft Minutes from the meeting held 8th June 2020, please click here.

Questions to the Council will be taken from 7.30 – 7.45 pm.  It would be helpful to receive these in advance in case of technical difficulties with Zoom.  Please therefore email any questions to the Clerk by 12 noon on Monday 13th July.  Questions to County Councillor Anne Dale should also be emailed to the Clerk who will forward them to Councillor Dale and she will respond directly to the resident.