AN application for an allotment workshop, greenhouse and yurt has been rejected by councillors.

The proposal included the demolition of an existing allotment shed, the erection of a workshop and greenhouse building for agricultural food production, and the erection of a yurt for storage space in Wylam.

It also stated the development was to provide support to the proposed local food production company that would operate from the site, and generate one part-time employee.

The proposed site is located within the green belt and 115m from the Grade II-listed George Stephenson’s Cottage.

The development would be accessed from via a private drive leading to a gate access at Rift Farm on the Hadrian’s Way.

The plans, which were recommended for refusal, were put before Tynedale councillors last Tuesday.

And Wylam Parish Council objected to the application with concerns relating to access, surrounding area and disruption to neighbours.

Bywell ward councillor, Karen Quinn, said: “I fully support the local residents in their objections to this application, with particular reference to access, parking and loading.”

Although applicant, Sammy Coxell, said materials and resources used would be in keeping with the area, councillors unanimously voted to reject the application.