Saying no: Chairman of Ponteland’s Green Belt Group Alma Dunigan led the demonstration against Green Belt development.
THE fight against Green Belt development in Ponteland shows no sign of flagging, as impassioned residents turned out en masse to attend a demonstration over the plans.
The town, known for its peaceful and picturesque character, is facing the prospect of 500 homes being built either side of the A696 by Banks Property and a further 280 houses at the Birney Hill area.
Lugano Group, which is currently running consultations on the latter scheme, also owns considerable land on the Dissington Estate, leading some to believe this proposal could be the tip of the iceberg.
On Tuesday, as Ponteland Town Council’s planning committee prepared to discuss the group’s scoping report, over 150 residents gathered outside to make their opposition felt.
“This is to let Northumberland County Council, Ponteland Town Council and any developers who are thinking of coming to Ponteland know that we care passionately about retaining our Green Belt,” said Alma Dunigan, chairman of the Green Belt Group. Continue reading
Yesterday the Town Council decided to withdraw an item on the agenda for discussion by Councillors.
Lugano, developers, had requested through Northumberland County Council a scoping opinion from the Town Council Committee. This request is part of the normal planning procedure for large scale developments. This Committee decided they needed an extension of time to seek advice before discussing this issue.
Even though residents through the Greenbelt Group were advised that this item would not be discussed approx 60 people, including dogs and pushchairs, gathered outside the building where the Council Office is located, to show their strength of feeling.
I would like to take this opportunity in thanking all the residents who came together and shared the glorious morning sunshine and the atmosphere of solidarity.
I can reassure you we will notify you of when and where this item is to be discussed in the next few weeks.
The Greenbelt Group thanks you for your orders for the signs, as displayed in Cheviot View, and your generous donations for the Campaign.
Chair of the Greenbelt Group
Although the Government has committed that protections for Greenbelt land will not be watered down, Northumberland County Council are considering whether the allocated Greenbelt area of land should be changed, that is reduced.
I believe that we as residents should remind the Local Authority that we do not accept the removal or part removal of Green Belt designation around Ponteland.
The Northumberland County Council are targeting MARCH 2013 to agree its Core Strategy Plan but between now and MARCH 2013 Developers are taking a chance to put in planning applications on our ‘GREEN BELT’
We must in this window of time oppose any such plans.
We can make a difference.
Please remember the Greenbelt can only be altered or reduced if Ponteland resident’s want it and once it is concreted over it is gone forever. If you say nothing, that will give out a clear signal that you don’t care, so doing nothing is not an option.
Let us all join together in a very loud NO.
Hands off our Greenbelt !!!!
Planning Applications have not been submitted to Northumberland County Council yet. We must wait until this happens when we have just 21 days to respond.
In the meantime get involved by contacting us using the contact form on this website, or via our Facebook page and supporting our Campaign. Join us Fund Raising and donate to show Ponteland is united in preserving our Green Belt as it is today .
Chair of Ponteland Greenbelt Group