This group of local volunteers are looking at the issues of potential large scale development around Ponteland at a time when local authorities Local Development Plan is not in place. This can be seen as a window of opportunity for any developer.
To date developers are looking at the possibility of developing on Greenbelt designated land at Clickemin Farm and Birney Hill Farm, in total up to 800 houses. There is also a land reserve of 2,500 acres at Dissington Estate, and maybe other areas.
The Greenbelt Group have grave concerns to the impact any developments of this size could have on Ponteland which most residents still see as a village with its unique characteristics.
This situation is compounded with the changes in the planning procedure which simplify the process which any application goes through. The revised National Planning Policy Framework, which is part of the National Guidelines, stream lines the process for planning applications. This could almost fast track an application through the planning process. In reality an application could be submitted to Northumberland County Council very soon, and objections can only be made within 21days of the application.
Question: Can Green Belt be built on?
Answer: Probably…if we don’t act now!!!!
We all need to respond to Northumberland County Council when any of these applications are submitted for consideration.
If you would like to be kept up to date or get involved, visit the website
Just remember these issues will affect you and the way you live.
Chair of the Ponteland Greenbelt Group
Since the Event in the Memorial Hall in August a group of volunteers have set up a the Ponteland Greenbelt Group its mission is to inform the local Community of the possibility of large scale development around Ponteland.
This group has also recognised the need to support the Town Council in compiling a second draft of a Town Council Local Plan. This in principle was agreed at the Ponteland Community Partnerships Event on the 21st August with the Mayor Peter Cowey.
A small separate group has now been established to work on the second draft of the Town Council Local Plan.
I would ask residents to support our volunteers in their tasks ahead and we will keep you updated though this website.
Thank you for your support
Chair Ponteland Greenbelt Group
The consultation was divided into two sessions.
The afternoon session started at 2pm where a display had been assembled for the visiting residents of Ponteland.
The central point of the display was clearly a large map of Ponteland and the surrounding area showing quite clearly the extent of the potential development and the compounding effect of several very large housing estates on an area currently surrounded by Green Belt. Continue reading