Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hepple?

In the recent article in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle (Link below) Cllr Hepple states “The plan clearly shows the provision for 880 additional new homes – nowhere near the figure’s quoted by the local MP and the Green Belt Group.” 

We will let you decide – read on.

The draft document states the following proposed housing numbers

Land East of Callerton Lane around 400 units (Existing schools and leisure site)

Land west of Callerton Lane around 180 units (In front of Willow Way)

Police HQ around 300 units. 

This is where Mr. Hepple gets his housing numbers from. NCC will not confirm maximum housing numbers for Ponteland. The word ‘indicative’ is used when talking housing numbers.

NCC have confirmed that the start of ‘the plan’ period runs from 1st April 2011.

At this moment in time we have around 600 houses already “in the bank” that are to be counted as part of our housing allocation. This number includes completions and outline planning permissions (including outline permission for 264 at Police HQ site)

If we add the remainder of our banked completions/permissions to the NCC additional numbers we = 1216 houses

In addition Ponteland is averaging over 30 windfall sites a year, (Yes they do count) that’s around 450 expected additional houses over the plan period.

So now we are up to 1666 houses

Do you regard that as “Nowhere near” the figures quoted by the Green Belt Group?

Finally – Can you honestly believe that a developer, who will have paid top dollar for over 3O hectares of prime land in the centre of Ponteland is only going build 400 houses when the average build is 30-40 units per hectare i.e. 900 – 1200 units.

This brings us to the potential for well over 2000 houses.

Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hepple? – Not Ponteland residents!

Evening Chronicle 16/09/2015

Guy Opperman MP statement on latest NCC Core Strategy

“Northumberland County Council’s local plan is now drawing to a close. It seems in Ponteland at least, our communities have not been listened to. Fundamentally I believe in the Greenbelt, and I will always be a big champion of the vital role the Greenbelt plays here in Ponteland and Darras Hall. I personally have always supported substantial development of housing at brown field sites like the old police headquarters site in Ponteland and the old hospital in Stannington. However, what I want to see is a plan which is community led, with organic growth in our individual communities. Residents are rightly concerned that Northumberland County Council’s latest plan looks to be imposing a huge growth in housing numbers, with potential for over 2000 new homes, which would increase our local population by more than a third. Fundamentally, substantial areas of the Greenbelt are still being earmarked for housing. I have still yet to see any substantive evidence to support the County Council’s case for these proposed Greenbelt deletions.”

Latest NCC Core Strategy Draft Released

The latest Draft Core strategy from NCC has been released

Two immediate headlines.

1) The housing allocation for Ponteland has been increased to 900 – remember thats minimum!  Far greater than has been suggested in any other previous Core Strategy document or in any NCC so called “consultation’ events.

2 ) Ponteland has been re designated as a Main Town from being listed previously as a Service Centre – This is no doubt an attempt to justify the vast increase in housing allocation.

We will give further information once we have had time to digest the document.

The document can be found at. NCC Draft Core Strategy Sept 2015