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Approval sought for more new homes in Alnwick

Plans for another 15 homes in an area of Alnwick which has been the focus of a number of recent development bids are up for approval this week. Northumberland Estates is seeking outline permission for 15 self-build plots on land north-east of Stoney...

today, 15:04 in Art & Culture

Will second bid for new house on Northumberland coast go same way as first?

A second attempt for a new home in a north Northumberland coastal village, which was narrowly refused in the summer, is still considered unacceptable. The first application for a house in Craster was turned down on the grounds of road-safety and its...

today, 15:04 in Art & Culture

Amble holiday development back before councillors for decision

A new tourist development on the waterfront in Amble is back before councillors this week for another decision. The scheme has returned because Northumberland County Council has taken the decision that where planning applications have been approved...

today, 13:13 in Art & Culture

Farm-conversion scheme in north Northumberland recommended for approval

Plans to reduce the number of homes as part of a proposed conversion of a north Northumberland farm steading are recommended for approval this week. The application seeks to substitute the existing planning permission for nine homes at Brockdam Farm,...

today, 12:18 in Art & Culture

Update on Northumberland's council-tax collection and debt write-offs

Northumberland County Council had the best council-tax collection rate in the North East last year, but the amount of overall debt written off rose by 14 per cent. A debt recovery update has revealed that the local authority wrote off £2.01million in...

today, 07:23 in Art & Culture

Concerns continue over 'blunt instrument' of cuts to council-tax support

Further concerns have been raised about proposed cuts to council-tax support in Northumberland, which were described as ‘a blunt instrument’. As previously reported, the proposals look set to go ahead, after consultation revealed a majority in favour...

today, 07:10 in Art & Culture


Here's a video to gladden your hearts! It's from the little stars at Wooler First School, who are singing Did You Find a Place to Stay?, from their Nativity play, called Away In A Manger. The picture of the youngsters at Wooler are published in this...

yesterday, 21:02 in Art & Culture

CHRISTMAS IN OUR SCHOOLS: St Michael's Primary, Alnwick

How cute! Try watching this video without a smile on your face - it will really get you in the mood for Christmas. In this super video by our photographer Jane Coltman, the youngsters from St Michael's Primary School at Alnwick, sing Ride Your Camel...

yesterday, 20:19 in Art & Culture

Spike in demand hits Northumberland cancer waiting-time targets

A specific spike in demand has resulted in Northumberland’s worst recorded performance against the cancer waiting-time targets. A report to Northumberland County Council’s health and wellbeing board last Thursday revealed that there has been a surge...

yesterday, 14:17 in Art & Culture

Recruitment and retention issues for mental-health services

A shortage of specialist staff could hinder further improvements for children and young people in Northumberland accessing mental-health services. As reported at Northumberland County Council’s health and wellbeing board last month, action has been...

yesterday, 14:17 in Art & Culture

Family’s devastation at losing farm following major fire

A fund-raising page has been set-up to help a ‘devastated’ family who have lost their Northumberland farm as a result of a barn blaze. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service was called to the fire at Whinney Hill Farm, Choppington, at 6.15pm last...

yesterday, 13:46 in Art & Culture

Firefighters tackle barn blaze at Northumberland farm

More than 20 firefighters are battling a barn blaze in Northumberland this evening (Sunday). Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service was called to the fire at Whinney Hill Farm, Choppington, at 6.15pm to find a 40m-by-40m barn well alight. The fire...

Sunday, 22:42 in Art & Culture

Electricity restored to most people after Storm Deirdre struck Northumberland last night

Power has been restored to the majority of the people in Northumberland whose electricity was cut off when Storm Deirdre hit the county last night. The freezing rain and severe gales that hit electricity distributor Northern Powergrid's network from...

Sunday, 20:59 in Art & Culture

CHRISTMAS IN OUR SCHOOLS: Swansfield Park Primary, Alnwick (younger group)

Nativities and Christmas plays are in full swing ahead of the big day! Here's a lovely video by Jane Coltman to get you in the festive mood. It shows the younger group (Key Stage 1) at Swansfield Park Primary School at Alnwick, singing On the Road to...

Sunday, 15:29 in Art & Culture

Upland communities feel the impact of poor grouse shooting season

Rural upland businesses and communities across the north have been counting the cost of a poor grouse shooting season and a financial loss that runs into millions of pounds. Over the course of the four-month season, which finished on Monday, an...

Sunday, 14:43 in Art & Culture

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