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Wylam Parish Council


Present: Councillors S Duckworth (Chair), A Francis, J Henderson, C Percy and H Waddell

Also present: Marie Moore (Parish Clerk), 1 member of the public, R Bailes and A Creighton

1. Apologies for absence Councillor

2. Declarations of Interest from members on items on the Agenda
None declared.

3. Planning Application 20/03111/FUL – Conversion of former Surgery to be used as a residential dwelling, 51 Woodcroft Road, Wylam
Members noted that this application was for a change of use only although the adjacent right of way, had been referenced in the public advert.  This had generated an approach to the Parish Council expressing concern about potential impact on the path.  A further resident had submitted comments directly to Northumberland County Council.  It was noted that the NCC Public Rights of Way Officer had also expressed a view that she had no objection on the basis that Public Footpath No.18 is protected throughout.

The Applicant was in attendance at the meeting and was invited to give further details about the proposal particularly any works to the footpath.  He explained that the application related to a change of use from a Doctors Surgery to a residential dwelling only and there were no proposals to do any works to the right of way.  The property would become his family home.

Resolved that:

  1. The application be noted and NCC be advised that the Parish Council has no objection to the change of use.
  2. The resident that contacted the Parish Council on this issue be informed of the position.

The Council passed a resolution excluding the press and public from the meeting in accordance with Section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted (sensitive information).

4. 3-4 Laburnum Terrace
R Bailes and A Creighton provided a comprehensive update on the current position with regard to the sale of the property.  This focussed particularly on: 

  • the impact of Covid-19 on the property market and the particular impact on this sale and the purchaser’s position.
  • the issues that had been identified by the condition survey that were impacting on the sale and required immediate attention,
  • the planning position with regard to the existing and proposed use of the property,
  • The position with the BT Cabinet to the front of the property and the view of the purchaser on this. 

R Bailes stated that whilst other parties continued to express an interest in the property the Council had agreed to accept the bid of the existing purchaser and it was therefore not appropriate to discuss the issue with these other parties at the current time.

R Bailes and A Creighton went on to recommend an approach that the Council could adopt to facilitate and extradite the current sale process which would also put the Council in a good position should the current sale not proceed.  This focussed on the planning issue and also the works identified in the condition survey.

The Chair then invited members to consider the position and the recommended approach and ask any further questions.  After doing so they were asked to vote on their preferred course of action.

Whilst there was a consensus view it was not unanimous.  The matter was therefore put to the vote with 3 members voting for the recommended course of action and 2 against it, J Henderson being one of those who voted against.  Accordingly it was:

Resolved that:

  1. The report be received.
  2. The work to the property detailed in the condition survey, as referenced by R Bailes as being critical to the sale, be progressed as quickly as possible subject to the receipt of satisfactory quotes in accordance with the Council’s Financial Regulations.
  3. The work to clarify the planning status of the property be progressed subject to receipt and approval of a formal quote in accordance with the Council’s Financial Regulations.
  4. BT Openreach be formally approached about the implications of moving the cabinet to the front of the property

19. Date of next meeting

9th December 2020

The meeting closed at 8.10pm.