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