A PLANNING enforcement officer will visit a contentious building development to ensure the developer has complied with planning permission.

A number of residents have raised concerns about a building site on the junction of Western Avenue and Cranbrook Drive, in Prudhoe.

Concerns about the development include the siting of a retaining wall, the distance of the property from the nearest neighbour, and the storage of materials off site, including soil excavated from the site itself.

Coun. Ken Stow, who represents Prudhoe North for Northumberland County Council, said he had contacted the authority's planning enforcement officer to ask questions on before of local residents.

Coun. Stow said planning officials had assured him they would undertake a full inspection of the site to ensure the developer has complied with planning permission.

However, the officer also explained that, although a distance of 25 metres was usually sought between properties, the distance was not a requirement and was used for guidance only.

In addition, developers could utilise land within their ownership directly adjacent to or adjoining the development site, temporarily, in connection with the ongoing development.

The officer’s full responses can be read on prudhoeconservatives.com