Prevent Mass Development of Ponteland -Act Now Responses needed by 23 Dec

As mentioned in our previous post please find a link to the following documents.

A suggested draft response to the Supplementary Planning Document –

You can use the template as is but it would be great if you could add your own comments.

A  draft  objection response to the Banks Group outline planning permission application

Re the Core Strategy Major Modifications Document – This  response has to relate to the ‘Soundness’ of the Plan. NCC are attempting to get Dissington Garden Village in through the ‘back door’. They have not consulted with Ponteland residents – the Major Modifications are unsound. Many of you have authorised PGBG to act on your behalf – thank you. If you wish us to respond on your behalf please send an email to

pontgreenbeltgroup@btconnect.com

An information leaflet  is also provided

Remember the cut off date  is 23 Dec

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Please note – we are NOT against  development. Ponteland already has over 650 houses in the completions and approved applications  pipeline without the developments listed above.

Is it not ironic that the two large developments that are proposed include the word “village” in the title- A promotional gimmick to exploit the attractive  character of Ponteland – exactly what will be lost once the developers have made their huge  profits and long gone.

It is considered that the higher housing growth option, requiring 1,000 new dwellings over the plan period could begin to compromise the character of the town’ (Quote from NCC expert analysis Oct 2013)

We are looking at over 3000 new dwellings

How about this quote from NCC

Projected population change – as a guide, it has been considered than on average an acceptable increase in population for Main Towns is between 10% and 19%, 4% and 8% for Service Centres and around 4% in the rest of the County.

We are currently looking at population increase of 69%

or what about this quote from NCC.

We have maintained our position that, in acknowledgement of the need to accommodate proportionate growth in Ponteland over the plan period, an element of Green Belt deletion will be required

Is what is being proposed “proportionate” growth? An element of  Green Belt ?

NCC are proposing to delete 411 Hectares across the entire County , 228 Hectares of that Green Belt land is in  Ponteland – an unjustified 51.7% of the total.

Clickemin Farm & Birney Hill Greenbelt Updates

As you are aware Northumberland County Council (NCC) Core Strategy suggests building around 850 new houses in Ponteland requiring large scale development.

NCC has already identified the area around Clickemin Farm on both sides of Cheviot View/Ridgley Drive area as their preferred location. This is Green Belt land. This area of Green Belt along with the Birney Hill site provides the separation between the boundary of Newcastle and Northumberland.

NCC are re-assessing their plan based on the most recent Office for National Statistics(ONS)population projections, recent evidence suggest that NCC have overestimated their population projections by over two thirds. The overwhelming view of Ponteland residents is consistent-we have no desire to see unnecessary erosion of the Green Belt.

We remain concerned that even in the face of significant data suggesting NCC projections are grossly exaggerated, NCC will continue to press ahead using this flawed data and impose on Ponteland a vastly disproportionate allocation of housing.

This concern has been highlighted by the fact that both the Clickemin site and the Birney Hill sites are currently undergoing geological surveys.

Comments from the surveyors carrying out the work at Clickemin, and discussion with Banks Developers, has confirmed that this survey is being conducted to support NCC projected housing need; Banks Developers have confirmed that the report will feed into the next draft NCC Core Strategy-due out in November.

It would appear that NCC is determined to continue with their plans to destroy the character of Ponteland by imposing large housing schemes on the Green Belt.

Please find below a link to a Government announcement concerning Eric Pickles MP introducing new National Guidance for local planning officers giving greater protection to the Green Belt. This new guidance was issued on the 6th October 2014.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/councils-must-protect-our-precious-green-belt-land

NCC is close to releasing the Core Strategy for final consultation. We need to ensure that NCC have taken into consideration-

  • Revised ONS population projections and
  • This recently issued national guidance issued from Government.

We would encourage you to contact NCC on the email address below-we all need to ask NCC to confirm that they intend to take into account latest Government guidance and review the release of Ponteland Green Belt land.

The email should be sent to PlanningStrategy@northumberland.gov.uk
Once again your support could prove invaluable to the ongoing campaign to protect Ponteland.

Thank you for taking the time to care.
Ponteland Green Belt Group

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.

Demonstrators see Red over Green Belt Plans

Saying no: Chairman of Ponteland’s Green Belt Group Alma Dunigan led the demonstration against Green Belt development.

THE fight against Green Belt development in Ponteland shows no sign of flagging, as impassioned residents turned out en masse to attend a demonstration over the plans.

The town, known for its peaceful and picturesque character, is facing the prospect of 500 homes being built either side of the A696 by Banks Property and a further 280 houses at the Birney Hill area.

Lugano Group, which is currently running consultations on the latter scheme, also owns considerable land on the Dissington Estate, leading some to believe this proposal could be the tip of the iceberg.

On Tuesday, as Ponteland Town Council’s planning committee prepared to discuss the group’s scoping report, over 150 residents gathered outside to make their opposition felt.

“This is to let Northumberland County Council, Ponteland Town Council and any developers who are thinking of coming to Ponteland know that we care passionately about retaining our Green Belt,” said Alma Dunigan, chairman of the Green Belt Group. Continue reading

Ponteland Community Partnership Consultation Event

21st AUGUST 2012

The consultation was divided into two sessions.

The afternoon session started at 2pm where a display had been assembled for the visiting residents of Ponteland.

The central point of the display was clearly a large map of Ponteland and the surrounding area showing quite clearly the extent of the potential development and the compounding effect of several very large housing estates on an area currently surrounded by Green Belt. Continue reading