AN application for a modern extension to a property in a village’s conservation area has been approved by councillors.

At a meeting of Tynedale Local Area Council last week, councillors approved plans for a two-storey extension to the rear of the property in Corbridge.

The property, at 15 Princes Street, is a semi-detached building, situated within the Corbridge Conservation Area and is next to two Grade II-listed buildings.

The proposal stated that the walls of the two-storey extension would be stone at ground floor level with zinc cladding at first floor and roof level.

However, Corbridge Village Trust objected to the plans, stating that the use of such materials would not preserve the character or appearance of the area’s historic past.

Speaking at the meeting, Richard Hart-Jackson, chairman of the trust, said: “Zinc cladding does not preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the conservation area.”

However, Bart Milburn, an agent representing the applicant, said: “This site is not visible from Princes Street and would certainly not destroy the area.”

Planning officers had recommended the proposal for approval, and councillors agreed that the buildings must be protected and renovated to prevent them from falling into disrepair.