You may already be aware that all three major outline-planning applications are being considered at the Strategic Planning Committee on Wednesday 15 March.
All three applications are recommended for approval by NCC Planning Officers.
Notifications have been posted adjacent to the three sites and many residents have received notification by post.
THE INFORMATION PROVIDED WITHIN THE NOTIFICATIONS IS INCORRECT – The meeting starts at 1pm and not 2pm as stated in NCC Notification !
Ponteland Green Belt Group fully expect the Committee to agree the recommendation and say that ‘they are minded to grant approval’
Do not be surprised at this pre determined outcome – ( there will no doubt be some attempt to make it look anything other than a decision already made some time ago behind closed doors )
What will happen next? The outline applications are all on Green Belt land and NCC have an obligation to refer the application, and their recommendations, to the Secretary of State (via the National Planning Casework Unit ) for review.
Ponteland Green Belt Group, Ponteland Town Council, Ponteland Civic Society, Ponteland Community Partnership and our County Councillors have already requested that all 3 applications are “called in” by the Secretary of State
Our proactive approach has the full support of Guy Opperman MP. Ponteland Green Belt group have had it confirmed that the National Planning Casework Unit have the applications on their radar and are monitoring the situation.
We are hopeful that the Secretary of State will ‘call in’ the applications. We feel very strongly that the applications, and the impact of them, should be considered cumulatively – the applications should not be considered in isolation.
Our case for seeking the Secretary of State intervention and “call in” the applications is based on the fact that it is National Planning Policy that Green belt should only be released in exceptional circumstances and in any case must be done through the Core Strategy process. The applications are therefore premature
Prior to the Strategic Planning Meeting the Committee will undertake a site visit. This is scheduled for Monday 13th March; the Committee is expected to arrive at Ponteland Leisure Centre at 2.15pm and will then visit the other 2 proposed sites (behind Cheviot View and the Dissington Estate.
Residents have been consistent in their objections to the excessive housing numbers allocated to Ponteland; we will use this as evidence when applications and NCC decisions are independently reviewed – either as part of the Core Strategy inspection or as part of the Secretary of State ‘call in process’.
What can you do?
- Attend the site visit (2pm Monday 13th March at Ponteland Leisure Centre).
We expect press presence and this is an opportunity to demonstrate that Ponteland residents are consistent in their continued objection
- Attend the Strategic Planning Committee Meeting ( Wednesday 15th March at 1pm –County Hall – Morpeth )
Ponteland Town Council, County Councillors and some residents have registered to speak on our behalf – as residents we need to support them.