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.





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 (to follow)


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.

Lockdown Images – Spring 2020

We asked residents to share photos they had taken during lockdown in Riding Mill.  It’s clear that everyone has enjoyed the chance to appreciate nature this year during their daily walks:

Ramsons growing  along the footpath at Broomhaugh
Ramsons in Broomhaugh Woods











A heron by the March Burn
The Easter Cross in Riding Mill
Spring Lambs at Riding Grange
Poppy path
75th Anniversary of VE Day
Glorious nature in Lockdown
Clapping (and playing bagpipes) For Carers
Glorious nature in Lockdown 2 – Forget Me Not
Lockdown Birds 2020
Marchburn Cow Parsley 2020
Moths 2 May 2020
Wildlife during lockdown
Hedgehogs during lock down
Hedgehogs during lock down 2
Sewing for the NHS
Moths May 2020


Right to inspect the Accounting Records for 19/20

The Parish Council has submitted its annual return to the external auditor, PKF Littlejohn LLP. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for 2019/20.  A notice explaining these rights can be found here. Additionally, the unaudited annual governance and accountability return which has been submitted to the auditor can be found here.  Please note: the accounting statements as published may be subject to change.

* Notice of Vacancy in Office of a Councillor *




Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Janet Padgett formerly a Member of the above named Parish Council, has ceased to be a Member of the Parish Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish.

If, within 14 days (*) after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 6th July 2020), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made to The Returning Officer, Elections Office, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF by TEN electors for the Parish (Ward), an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.



By virtue of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 if a by election is requested this will not take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the next election takes place. The 2020 regulations provide for the by election to take place on the date of the Ordinary Election of Councilors due to be held on 6 May 2021.  However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances.  Any election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

Dated: 16th June 2020

Catherine Harrison

Clerk to Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council


(*) In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.