APPROVAL has been requested to change a two-bed house into two one-bed flats.

The agent P C Fletcher Architect submitted a planning application to change a two-storey end terraced house on Widdrington Terrace, Humshaugh, into two flats described as 'affordable' in the various documents sent to Northumberland County Council.

The design and access statement said: "The proposal is to split the floors and remove the existing staircase which restricts the satisfactory use of the building."

This will form two properties, intended to be rented to single young people.

"The location is central to the village with all amenities and public transport immediately accessible."

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The heritage statement explained the proposals are encouraged by Humshaugh Parish Council.

There are no proposed changes which will affect the appearance of the property other than the relocation of the front door at the ground floor level.

Landscaping, environmental considerations and the local heritage impact will not be affected.

"Parking, retail and transport facilities are all available close by," the heritage statement said. "The development is considered appropriate to provide enhanced facilities without intrusion on the street scene and of a nature that has been approved elsewhere in the locality in more exposed locations and encouraged by the Parish Council."

For more information go to the council's planning portal and search reference number 24/00513/FUL.