AN application to alter conditions imposed on an earlier planning application has been approved by councillors, despite concerns over flooding.

The application, relating to Phoenix House at Hedley on the Hill, was submitted to alter two conditions relating to new plans and highways.

The application also requested removing two conditions related to drainage and a construction method statement, which was to be completed before development began.

It followed an application to turn Phoenix House into a B&B, with the recent application relating to the creation of a new car park.

A report by council officers recommended the application be granted permission, claiming it would be unreasonable to withhold permission as the development was not detrimental to the area.

The application was approved by seven votes to four at Tynedale Local Area Council’s meeting on January 14, but Coun. Colin Horncastle urged caution due to concerns raised about flooding.

Coun. Horncastle said: “I don’t think the committee has the information we need. Someone from Highways needs to come along and explain it.

“What are we going to say to the gentleman upset when his house floods? I would like the highways officer to say why there’s flooding in the village from this site, and they’re saying there’s no problem.”