LOWICK.LIVE.LETTER

HOUSING SCHEME DECISION DEFERRED

Posted on

After a well attended meeting of the Parish Council to discuss proposals for 24 houses at the east end of the village, it was decided to defer responding to the Planning Department until the new year.

For details of the proposal, see the previous Lowick Live story: follow link.

At the meeting, Conor Colgan outlined the plans, after those attending had had a chance to look the through the documentation. About a dozen members of the public spoke, a majority voicing concerns about aspects of the development.

Concerns expressed were

  • about visual impact;
  • on the real need for the development;
  • on the real possibility that many would just become second homes
  • the environment and ecology
  • sound impact from the silos
  • low cost housing – and the need for rented homes, not private

The majority who spoke were residents whose homes neighboured the fields concerned. These were balanced by support for the plans as a means to improve the prosperity of the village, both on the side of the proposal itself, and in general terms.

Many felt there were other sites which could have been chosen first, before this one. The key issues that emerged concerned the provision of genuine low-cost housing which would help and attract younger people to come or stay in the village. It was felt that a genuine need for rental property was felt in the village, and as it stood there was no way this proposal could provide this.

Mr Colgan, responding to the comments, which will be published on the Parish Council website in due course, promised to see what could be done about the concerns expressed, after consultation with his family, and the agents for the scheme. He said that the project had to be financially viable for the business and his family partners. He would look into the ways the developers could be legally obliged to sell only to first home buyers.

There will therefore be further discussions between the PC and Mr Colgan, prior to the next Council Meeting in January. Ann Gold, the Clerk to the PC is contacting the Planning Department to ask for the response deadline to be put back.

In the meantime, those who have comments to make have been asked to submit these to the County Council by the 29th December deadline.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETS TO DISCUSS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Posted on Updated on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new development of 24 houses has been proposed for the East end of Lowick Village. This exceptional proposal has been submitted for planning approval by Conor Colgan on behalf of Pond Partnership and Lowick Hall Farm, and would be built on land either side of the B6353 next to Lambton Avenue and Kyloe View.

Expected to be controversial as it extends the village outwith its 30 mph limit onto green land, the plans will be discussed at an emergency Parish Council Meeting on Monday 18th December in the Village Hall. The meeting will be open to all to, and the documents received by the Parish Council will be on display at 6.30, prior to the meeting for those unable to inspect them online.

All who attend will be invited to speak if they so wish, once councillors have talked over the plans. All who are unable to attend can also submit responses on the Planning website.

The plans may be seen on the Planning Department’s website – follow this link on Lowick.Live: http://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications, and use reference 17/04394/OUT.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – PRIZE FOR THE BEST

Posted on Updated on

Lowick United Football Club ️have this festive season decided to put up a prize of a Christmas hamper to the value of £50 for the best Christmas lights in Lowick.

This will be within the boundaries of the Village to be judged by the committee on Friday 22nd December. This is free entry and the winner will be notified and receive the hamper on Saturday the 23rd December. Please spread the word to as many people as you can and help us light up the village this Christmas.

Good luck and have a very merry and happy Christmas from Lowick United. Football club committee members are exempt from the prize!

 

 

STRICTLY CINDERELLA WINS THROUGH!

Posted on Updated on

This year’s radio panto went on air on cue on December 1st, with a star cast from the world of Lowick – including amazing Scot’s charm from Peter Calder as the “Hame Secretry”, sizzling song and dance from Amanda Worlock and Ann Daniels as the cruellest sisters you can imagine, and romantic crooning from Ritchie and Karen Blake, as Zippy Buttons and Cinder Ella herself. Not to be outdone was Victor Dickinson, wearing his clerical “frock” as the evil Delilah, John Daniels as the upper class smoothie Prince Jeremy and Clare Dakin as a firm headmistressy PM. Ably running the show were Bridgett Duncan as the narrator, and Chris Duncan as Special Effects plus everything else. Playing the Foreign Secretary, and Dr Hardup was Harry Wilson, and vamping it as a glamorous ghost was Amanda Cuddingham.

Stars of the kitchen were undoubtedly a trio of hungry labradors, played by  Kaitlyn and Erin Mather and Acer Inglis, and three spiteful cats, played by Kirstin Blake, Justice Inglis and Jennie Rooke.

John Huddart, writer and producer, is already thinking about next Christmas – let him know if you want to join the company!

 

LOWICK PARISH COMMUNITY AWARDS 2017

Posted on Updated on

The Community Awards for 2017 were awarded by the Parish Council to Moira and Michael Metcalf, and brothers John and Alan Fairbairn.

The winners are chosen from nominations made by local people, and each year, the aim is to choose 2 people to receive recognition for their service to others. One category is reserved for a young person, if anyone is nominated.

This year, it was decided to choose Moira and Michael, as they are such a team working together. The Young Person nomination went to the two brothers who have done so much for local children’s sport.

The Metcalfs were nominated for their calm and patient dedication to running the Village Hall over the years. The Fairbairn brothers have given the same unswerving service to Lowick’s football club and facilities.