Ponteland Green Belt Group seeks clarification from NCC

Following review of the Northumberland Core Strategy Update, Ponteland Green Belt Group have  requested  clarification from NCC on the points listed below. –
1. Clarification on the scope of the further round of consultation;
2. Clarification as to whether the Council will receive further comments upon the ‘scale’ of housing allocation for Ponteland;
3. Clarification as to whether the Council will receive further comments upon Ponteland   settlement status;
4. Clarification as to what further consultation is to take place on the ‘school issue';
5. Clarification as to whether the ‘school issue’ might impact upon the ‘scale issue’ or whether it might result in NCC seeking to bring forward alternative ‘green belt’ sites;
6. Clarification as to whether, in the case of further green belt sites being brought forward, that those proposed sites will be included within the consultation process to allow submission of  comments on green belt specific to those proposed sites.

Northumberland County Council – Core Strategy Delay!

NCC released a report on the 16th February that will be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the 23rd February and by Cabinet on the 21st March

The report highlights major failings with the Core Strategy and identifies significant areas of concern that need to be addressed before the Core Strategy can be submitted for scrutiny by a Government Inspector.

The current proposal is not fit for purpose and NCC acknowledge that major modifications are needed. Changes to proposals will necessitate further consultation.

Ponteland Green Belt Group are reviewing the Report; we have already raised initial concerns that some information included within the report is misleading.

We have attached the Core Strategy Update report for your information and would urge you to read it – many of the issues relate to Ponteland.

NCC Core Strategy update

Important….Final Push!

In our update last week we advised you that we would provide further guidance –

Core Strategy Response
Ponteland Green Belt Group are continuing to work on a group response to the Core Strategy – at this stage we will challenge the Soundness of the plan.
Many of you have provided your name, address and signature authorising us to submit our response on your behalf – Thank you! If you have not done this and are  happy for us to submit the response on your behalf please send us your details to pontgreenbeltgroup@btconnect.com – we need details before Thursday please. 

Once we have finalised the response we will circulate via email and publish on the PGBG website for your information.

Supplementary Planning Document (Schools & Leisure) Response
In the past, Ponteland Green Belt Group (PGBG) have provided template letters for you to amend and sign. NCC has made it more difficult to do this on this occasion. It is important at this stage that we all respond individually.

We have attached 2 documents –

  • SPD Supporting Guidance – as the Green Belt Group we have focussed on responses within our remit. We will continue to challenge release of this land from the Green Belt, through the Core Strategy. Protecting the Green Belt will prevent  NCC preferred option to relocate schools and leisure to this site.
  • SPD Consultation Response Form –  We have populated responses to relevant questions for you to consider as a response.  Please feel free to add your own comments – how will this affect you?

Deadline for responses is 25 November 2015.

Ponteland Green Belt Group

SPD supporters explanation note.16-11

Supplementary Planning Document Response Form

 

NCC Core Strategy & Supplementary Planning Document for Ponteland

NCC have introduced the schools and leisure proposals very late in the day. They have included this in a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and, in addition to the Core Strategy, are consulting on this too (just to make things more confusing and difficult!)

Core Strategy Response
The plan is for PGBG to respond to the Core Strategy Document – at this stage we have to challenge the soundness of the document/consultation. NCC have requested that if a group representation is being made that we include names, addresses and email addresses of those residents that we are representing. Many of those residents at the event last Saturday signed to say that we could do that, we are asking that if you haven’t signed anything yet to email us at pontgreenbeltgroup@btconnect.com with those details
Within the response we  have to say if we would be willing to go in front of the Inspector and independent review – our  answer will be a positive yes.
Once finalised the response will go on the website so that you are aware.

Supplementary Planning Document (Schools & Leisure) Response
In the past, PBGB have provided template letters for you to amend and sign. It is important at this stage that we all respond individually. We will provide you with headlines and key concerns to support you in your response. We are working on that now and would hope to get that out to you no later than Monday.

Fantastic turnout of Ponteland residents

Many thanks to each and everyone of you who attended today’s event at Memorial Hall. The turnout was fantastic – despite the weather. We know that more than 700 attended. The response from Ponteland residents has been consistent since commencement of the consultation in 2012.
NCC can be in no doubt that their proposals for Ponteland are wrong on so many levels. It will be interesting to see if the valid concerns raised will be listened to – we will not accept destruction of Ponteland!
Your support for Ponteland Green Belt Group is very much appreciated thank you. We will be in touch soon as we continue to prepare for the next stage.

This will Affect you – We need to act Now

NCC are hosting an event at Memorial Hall this coming Saturday in relation to the proposed development of Ponteland.

Please take some time to read the attached flyer as this is important and will affect all of us.

We need a good turn out once again to show them the strength of feeling has not diminished.

Please make the effort to drop in and give your feedback as it all counts in the end.

We look forward to seeing you there

Green Belt Group Info 1

 

So Much for 880 houses for Ponteland

So much for Mr Hepple and his 880 houses for Ponteland.
Freedom of Information request received from Northumberland County Council (NCC) yesterday . NCC’s own figures currently show 1,119 houses in the plan period. They also show they anticipate a further 245 houses beyond the plan period. This is without any windfall sites being included – (NCC say they cannot supply at settlement level as their figures are for the Central delivery area) Remember this is a minimum figure – the true number built will be far higher

Latest NCC Core Strategy released for “consultation.”

Please find below the link to the Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy – Pre Submission Draft Consultation.

We are currently reviewing the content and will update you with our views as soon as possible. The consultation period runs until 25th November.

A drop in session is scheduled for the 7th November at the Memorial Hall

NCC Pre Submission Draft Consultation

Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hepple?

In the recent article in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle (Link below) Cllr Hepple states “The plan clearly shows the provision for 880 additional new homes – nowhere near the figure’s quoted by the local MP and the Green Belt Group.” 

We will let you decide – read on.

The draft document states the following proposed housing numbers

Land East of Callerton Lane around 400 units (Existing schools and leisure site)

Land west of Callerton Lane around 180 units (In front of Willow Way)

Police HQ around 300 units. 

This is where Mr. Hepple gets his housing numbers from. NCC will not confirm maximum housing numbers for Ponteland. The word ‘indicative’ is used when talking housing numbers.

NCC have confirmed that the start of ‘the plan’ period runs from 1st April 2011.

At this moment in time we have around 600 houses already “in the bank” that are to be counted as part of our housing allocation. This number includes completions and outline planning permissions (including outline permission for 264 at Police HQ site)

If we add the remainder of our banked completions/permissions to the NCC additional numbers we = 1216 houses

In addition Ponteland is averaging over 30 windfall sites a year, (Yes they do count) that’s around 450 expected additional houses over the plan period.

So now we are up to 1666 houses

Do you regard that as “Nowhere near” the figures quoted by the Green Belt Group?

Finally – Can you honestly believe that a developer, who will have paid top dollar for over 3O hectares of prime land in the centre of Ponteland is only going build 400 houses when the average build is 30-40 units per hectare i.e. 900 – 1200 units.

This brings us to the potential for well over 2000 houses.

Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hepple? – Not Ponteland residents!

Evening Chronicle 16/09/2015