Please put in your 2015 diary the following dates to remember!
NCC “consultation period” on the Final Draft of the Core Strategy
12th December 2014 – 11th February 2015
Drop in sessions in Ponteland in 2015
Wed 14th January 1-7.30pm Ponteland Leisure Centre
Sat 31st January 10-3pm Ponteland Memorial Hall
Plans to remove around 300 acres of land from the local greenbelt is “a nightmare come true.”
The proposals are part of the Council’s controversial local plan and sees 200 acres of formally greenbelt land set aside for employment and housing use with a further 100 acres set “safeguarded” for further use after the 20 year life of the current plan. Mr Opperman said “After all of our campaigning and hard work local residents will be horrified by what the Labour Council is now proposing.
This is an attack on the very character of Ponteland and Darras Hall. The Council has earmarked just over 600 homes in total for our area over the next 20 years so I am at a loss to understand why they are planning to remove so much land from the greenbelt. The amount of the land they want to strip out from the greenbelt is enough for 5000 new houses.
“It is now a truly terrifying prospect.” The MP said greenbelt campaigners had won some victories. Mr Opperman said “It is positive news we have been able to reduce the number of houses from over 800 to now just over 600. It is also a good thing none of the land held by Lugano is being released from the greenbelt, including the proposed Birney Hill development. However for the Labour run County Council to try and release so much land from the greenbelt around Ponteland is a real blow to our community. The sacrifice of so much protected greenbelt land is nothing short of a manifestation of failure. The Council’s Local Plan as it stands is defective and will not deliver. We will have to live with the decisions made by the Council long after the current Labour leadership leaves power. Our campaign to protect the greenbelt around Ponteland and Darras Hall will not end; we will now only re-double our efforts.”
Northumberland County Council
FINAL DRAFT CORE STRATEGY DOCUMENTS (link to follow)
The Greenbelt Group are in the process of reviewing these documents
Our major concerns to date are:
- Reduced housing numbers with increased greenbelt deletion!
- The Consultation process ( Stage 1 & 2) did not include consultation on release of Greenbelt land for schools/leisure/open space (We already have land allocated for this…. and have open space for this)
- NCC “SAY” that land, could be used for schools? and could be used for leisure?
- Once Greenbelt land is released it will be an easy option to apply for a change of use to support the real intention of releasing land for housing
Community Consultation starting in December
More information to follow