Designers of Angel of the North rival hope to appeal rejected plans

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

The team behind designs for a sculpture in Northumberland three times the height of the Angel of the North say they will appeal after plans were rejected by councillors.

The Ascendant, intended to commemorate the Queen, was to be built on the summit of Cold Law near Kirkwhelpington.

The planned structure would have been The 183ft (56m), made from steel and feature a spire pointing towards the sun.

The proposal was denied on grounds it was inappropriate for the location.

The team behind the plans say they're hopeful it will be approved through the National Planning Inspectorate and they'll be lodging an appeal.

Artist impression of The Ascendant

More than 500 people oppose plans for Northumberland sculpture

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ben O'Connell

A protest group formed three weeks ago to oppose a 183ft (56m) sculpture on a Northumberland hilltop has attracted more than 500 members.

The Elizabeth landmark is three times the size of the Angel of the North.

Mary Ann Rogers, is one of the founder members of the objecting Facebook group called Keep the Wannies Wild.

The award-winning artist, who lives at West Wodburn, said: “I felt strongly that this particular piece was entirely wrong for this location.

“It soon became clear that most people locally had no idea of the proposal, and of the few that did, little understanding of the scale of the artwork.”

Artist impression of The Elizabeth Landmark
Simon Hitches

Emma Anderson, who is also part of the group said: “Keep the Wannies Wild will represent the views of all the objectors at County Hall, Morpeth, today when the county council’s strategic planning committee meets to consider the application for a second time.

“We will continue to do all we can to oppose this misguided proposal.”

At the last meeting, one of the applicant’s representatives, who worked on other public art features such as the Angel of the North, The Couple at Newbiggin and Northumberlandia, said: “All of these projects cause concern, but we have to do things that are different and that are inspiring.”

He reminded the meeting of the unpopularity of the Angel at first and how it has become a national landmark.

Planners meet later today.

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