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WE ARE pleased to announce Graeme Popay has been appointed to the role of Clerk to Lynemouth Parish Council. Graeme was the Estates and Facilities Director at Northumberland College looking after all the campuses from Berwick to Blyth, Ashington to Kirkley Hall and Hexham to Alwinton. He lives in Warkworth and is a parish councillor and a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Group. He has been a scout leader for nearly 40 years and recently started a new group in Alnmouth. He also supports scouting nationally as a member of the National Awards Advisory Group and internationally at world events. He is a keen gardener. Welcome to  Lynemouth Graeme!

18 June 2022NEXT ELECTIONS 2025

PARISH COUNCIL elections are next due to take place in May 2025. Further information regarding these will be added when it becomes available nearer to the time. If you are interested in joining the parish council and would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk. 


THE PARISH COUNCIL received the following advice on 20th May 2022 from Northumberland County Council's Planning Enforcement Officer regarding the construction of stables on allotment land.

"Firstly, the legislation which permits 'development' (buildings, structures, earthworks etc) without first requiring the benefit of planning permission is Schedule 2 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, often referred to as the 'GPDO'. This legislation covers everything from works within/to residential and commercial properties, agricultural buildings/land, services/utilities and everything in between and has many caveats and conditions imposed to each relevant section. The full legislation is available to view here - The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

"In respect of allotment land, there are no specific 'permitted development' rights to construct buildings without first requiring planning permission, however, we would suggest sheds/greenhouses/small ancillary storage buildings, polytunnels, chicken/poultry sheds etc which are common place on allotments throughout Northumberland would be developments which the Council would not pursue allotment tenants in respect of.

"The construction of a stable building would however always require planning permission on allotment land, as traditionally allotments are utilised for growing fruit/vegetables, keeping of hens, chickens, bees etc and would not include the stabling/keeping of horses, as equine developments/buildings fall outside of a 'community' use. This position is supported by previous planning decisions which the Council have made, including the refusal to grant planning permission for a 'stable' building at Lynemouth Allotments back in 2011 (Mr Dunn Plot 100-103), albeit the size of that building was likely considerably larger than the one subject to this correspondence. We have also received several pre-application enquiries for stable buildings on allotment land where we have outlined that planning permission is required.

"As a final definitive response, the erection of a stable building on Lynemouth Allotment land would require planning permission from the Council in our role as the Local Planning Authority".

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