PLANS for a £1million sculpture in Kirkwhelpington dedicated to the Queen are expected to be approved by councillors this afternoon.  

The 184ft tall monument on the summit of Cold Law – a hillside near Kirkwhelpington - aims to provide a new tourism destination, with a viewing area, small car park and pathways accessible to walkers and cyclists as well as motorists – bringing new visitors to the area and boosting the local economy.

Known as the Elizabeth Landmark, the idea for the £1m, sculpture was first revealed last May by Lord Devonport.

It is set to surpass the height of the Angel of the North, which stands at 20 metres.

However, Corsenside Parish Council raised a series of concerns plus 29 objections from residents.

They raise issues such as the impact on the landscape, the pressure on local roads created by visitors to the site and the lack of facilities to cater for them.

Northumberland County Council planning officers have reccomended the application for approval.