REPAIRS to the historic fabric of a Grade II listed bastle dating back to the 16th century are planned.

Listed building consent for the repairs to Sinderhope Shield Bastle is being sought by owner Celia Carrington.

The application, submitted to Northumberland County Council, was validated last week.

The proposed works involve repairing the three-storey bastle's historic fabric to ensure the building is watertight and safe for access to the public.

A design, access and heritage statement submitted alongside the application by Doonan Architects said it is an "excellent example of the development of 'Bastle' buildings types, their construction and how they were typically built in a linear form, presumably as families expanded and children married and raised families".

The statement said: "Apart from its roof which appears to be relatively recently renewed, the building has been very poorly maintained."

According to the statement, the owner will be making a grant application to the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FIPL) scheme for aid towards the construction cost.

For more information on the application, visit the county council's planning portal and search reference number 22/01314/LBC