PLANS for eight new homes have been approved by Tynedale councillors.

The plans for the proposed development of eight houses, including access, landscaping and parking on land south of Red Lion House, Corbridge Road, Hexham, were originally submitted in September.

The eight homes will consist of four design types with two five-bedroom properties and the remaining six having four bedrooms.

Hexham Town Council originally objected to the proposed development because it was contrary to the Hexham Neighbourhood Plan.

Since then, further consultation has been undertaken with council planning officers and the town council responded with no objections or comments.

Five objections were received from local residents, including occupants of the grade II listed Red Lion House and Red Lion Cottage.

Residents said that the proposals would be harmful to the setting of the listed building and the design of the new dwellings was of a poor quality.

However, Northumberland County Council planning officers report stated: “The application has been assessed and members are advised that the setting of the listed building would be preserved. The principle of new residential dwellings is considered to be acceptable, and would represent a sustainable form of development.”