A SMALL garden is planned to replace a small section of agricultural land.

Charlie Morshead has submitted an application to Northumberland County Council to change the use from agricultural land to garden land to create small garden area to rear of residential property at Harsondale Farm, in Catton, near Allendale.

According to the design and access statement submitted by YoungsRPS on behalf of Mr Morshead: “The residential property is a small cottage which sits within a farmyard and the garden is required to service the cottage. It will provide privacy, private parking and will ensure that residents are safely removed from the parameters of busy working farm.

“Ultimately it will give the cottage greater privacy and aid health and safety.

“The garden area will be paved with reclaimed stone slabs and dry stone wall boundaries.

“Stone will be sourced from the farm and will thus be in keeping with existing boundaries on the farm and the local landscape.

“The proposed layout of the garden and its location are detailed on the site plan and the location plan.

“There is already a garden area nearby which serves the farmhouse. The proposed garden will be subservient to this and it will be in keeping. It will also have similar stone wall boundaries.

“There are large trees nearby which assist with the amenity nature of the area and provide shelter and shielding.

“The proposed garden will provide secure parking, behind a gated entrance. This is essential with rural crime ever increasing.

“The property is in a conservation area being the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The use of dry-stone walls as the boundary and re-claimed stone slabs will be in keeping with the local area the AONB.”