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Builder J M Craig has applied for permission to build 16 houses on the derelict grazing land adjacent to the “Village Meadows” Development, which already consists of 8 houses.

The proposal has already aroused a storm of protest, as the submissions to the Planning website reveal. To read these and the full details of the proposals, follow this link to the planning website, and search under 21/04136/FUL.

Below are images from their submissions.

The Site plan, with South Road to the left.


Computer renditions of the 4 types of houses, front and back



The view of the Houses from Lowick Common


The plans amount to a severe challenge to the proposals of the Parish Council for a parish boundary putting this section of the land outside the settlement, thus preventing this kind of speculative development in the light of existing unspent planning elsewhere in the village [up to 36 unbuilt homes already with permission granted] .

Discussion at the next Parish Council meeting is likely to reflect this challenge, along with detailed comments on the plans themselves. Had not Covid intervened and shut down the County Council process, it is believed this boundary would have been posted and voted on by the village, and if successful, the development prevented.

A key issue for many is the extremely harmful destruction of the link between the Common and the Countryside, with its view of the Kyloe Hills, which is so valued by all who use our best open space.

It is thought likely that the Parish Council will challenge the development, and ask to have its objections heard by Northumberland’s full planning committee, where it can explain its case.

In the meantime, please send your comments to the Parish Council, or directly to the planning department, via the link above.






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Next Thursday sees the last meting of the Council for 2021, and on the agenda [which is on the Council website from Monday next], will be the plans for the Platinum Jubilee next summer, and the parish response to the planning application for 16 houses on the Village Meadow development, next to Lowick Common.

Further information on this controversial development will be posted on Monday, together with an outline of the Jubilee Plans

All those with views on any agenda item should contact Ann Gold the clerk. It is not too late to suggest who should receive this year’s Community Awards – scroll down the page to find the nomination form and send it in.




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On 11th November, at 11 am, The School and many of the villagers gathered at the War Memorial for the Annual Act of Remembrance. For many years, this has been a key event on the school calendar, and the service was well attended by the community, as well. This year, prayers were said by the children for those named on the memorial.


The annual service will take place this Sunday, as usual. There will be four locations – St John the Baptist’s Church for the Fenwick Memorial, The Plough across the road, The Lowick Memorial, and the Poppy Cascade at The White Swan. The ceremony starts at the Church at 2.00 pm. Please note that the timing at the Lowick Memorial will follow on in approximately 10 minutes.

If you wish to place a Cross at the memorial, to remember a family member or a loved one who fell in any conflict, you can do so at any time, or as part of the ceremony. The Memorial Stone at Barmoor Corner should not be forgotten, as this was the original Lowick Memorial. Private Memorial Crosses are also placed there each year.