Report on the Greenbelt Group AGM-last Friday 16th May

Thank you to those who attended the AGM last week.

From the responses we have received residents appreciated the amount of work the group members have been involved with over the past year and all the group members were unanimously reinstated as the “Management Group” allowing for some vacancies for co-opted members who can offer specific skills.

Currently, our concerns are that of the “Birney Hill appeal” and an Inquiry later this year. Looking forward, we are unaware if Banks will register a planning application during the coming months and we also need to watch out for any developments on this “Solar Farm” north of Prestwick village. This is not a planning application but what is called a screening report, this is a simple request to Northumberland County Council, at a preliminary stage.

However this will need watching.

Due to recent events and those to come, a request for funds was made to replace that money spent-there wasn’t much left in the Bank, donations were received on the night and a pledge to contribute to the depleted kitty have been gratefully received. Our Treasurer explained how donating through gift aid would allow the Greenbelt Group to keep all of the donations and an idea indorsed by the AGM of an annual contribution of £10 from supporters.

This would contribute to a future fighting fund.

We need your support to protect the Greenbelt around Ponteland.

All Invited to Greenbelt Group AGM

In summer 2012 Ponteland residents were hit by proposals from two developers to build substantial numbers of houses on the Green Belt.

Lugano wanted to build 280 houses on the southern boundary of Darras Hall and Banks proposed up to 500 houses behind Ridgely Drive and Cheviot View.

These unwanted proposals stimulated activists and concerned residents to organise opposition and the Ponteland Greenbelt Group was formed.

Ponteland is a unique, well-defined settlement and an aspirational place to live for many who work on Tyneside, and we have a stake in looking after this special environment. The Green Belt was formed to prevent creeping urbanisation and we do not want it trashed by developers who want to make a big profit.

Members of the group prepared detailed and comprehensive objections and both the planners and the councillors at County Hall voted to refuse Lugano’s plans in October 2013. They have until the end of April to submit an appeal to the Inspectorate. Banks have not yet submitted a planning application to Northumberland County Council.

Committee members give their time and talents freely but there are costs for printing, advertising, legal advice etc, and we depend on supporters for financial help and their commitment to the cause.

The Greenbelt Group looks forward to our first AGM, where residents will be given an update on events and the opportunity to put your questions to group members.

Three members of the existing group are standing down, creating three vacancies. Anyone wishing to be nominated for one of these vacancies should contact us via the website contact page

Ponteland residents have been very supportive and we need all the help you can give in many different ways.

All supporters and interested persons are invited to the AGM
7.30 pm Friday 16 May at Ponteland Memorial Hall.