Ponteland Has Its Say On The Northumberland Local Plan


Green Belt Committee MembersGreen Belt Committee members Tony Noble, Lesley Noble, Alma Dunigan, Steve Carss and Gaye Templeton gather on Coates Green in Ponteland with the responses to the County’s Core Strategy before delivering them to County Hall.

The members of the Green Belt Committee have spent many hours honing their response to the Core Strategy as proposed by Northumberland County Council. This has not been an easy exercise but the extraordinary skills and dedication of this committee have eventually produced a 25 page document which was delivered to the County Hall in Morpeth on 31st December.

The Committee wish to thank the hundreds of supporters who have worked hard for the group and supported them financially. All of this hard work paid off at the end of October when the Lugano application to build on land at Birney Hill was refused by both the planning officers and the councillors of the County Council. Now the Committee have gone on to the next step of examining the Core Strategy or County Plan for the next twenty years and looking in great detail at this opaque planning document. The Committee have a wealth of experience and brains and in close examination of the Core Strategy they have pulled the population figures to pieces, binned the projections for numbers of houses needed and generally put the planners’ proposals under the microscope. A phrase they have used more than once is ‘It regrettably brings into question the integrity of the process’. The document can be viewed from the website: pontelandgreenbelt.co.uk

Delivered at the same time were the hundreds of responses from the supporters of the Green Belt Group in Ponteland. Many more have been posted directly to County Hall and many have been done by email. It is expected that almost one thousand individual replies will land on the planners’ desk when they return from holidays. The deadline was the 2nd of January. And all this when most of us had other equally important people and events to attend to in December!!

The Committee once again give a big Thank You to their supporters. The marathon has not yet finished! What will 2014 bring?