Dissington Garden Village

In the report to cabinet paper, NCC make reference to the fact that the Objectively Assessed Need (OAN ) for housing is a minimum figure
The NCC current Core Strategy population, housing and economic growth scenarios are already grossly overinflated (by a factor of over 100%) and are significantly flawed; this proposal is in addition to current overinflated numbers.

The proposed Dissington Estate development is at the Expression of Interest stage; it does not meet the Government Criteria for the development of Garden Villages and the vision to protect Green Belt.

Criteria
In exchange for guaranteed housing delivery, we will work with you to identify and deliver planning freedoms to support housing growth including, for example, ensuring that there is greater ability to resist speculative residential planning applications, and to continue protecting the Green Belt.

The DCLG paper -Locally Led Garden Villages,Towns and Cities (March 2016) encourages expressions of interest which makes effective use of previously developed land ( brownfield land and /or public sector land. Dissington Estate is designated Green Belt.

Garden Villages must be new discrete settlements and not urban extension of an existing town or village;

The Dissington Estate site around West Houses Farm is immediately adjacent to Ponteland, it cannot be regarded as a “new discrete settlement.”

The recently rejected Lugano proposal for the Birney Hill site was also based on a Garden Village concept. NCC refused that application on the basis that it was an inappropriate development on the Green Belt . Why is this different?

Ponteland Garden Village Proposal

Lugano are working with NCC on submission to Government of an ‘Expression of Interest’
For the development of a Garden Village on the Dissington Estate. The proposal is suggesting an additional 1800 houses for Ponteland.

NCC press release – Garden Village

Localy led Garden Village – Cabinet Report

Birney Hill Application Refused

Ponteland Green Belt group is delighted to hear that The secretary of State for Department for Communities and Local Government has accepted the recommendations of inspector John Grey and has refused the the Lugano application to build 280 houses on our precious Greenbelt

It is noted that the Secretary of State finds that the very special circumstances necessary to justify inappropriate development in the Green Belt did not exist in this case.

A big thank you to all our supporters

Whilst this decision is very encouraging the Green Belt around Ponteland continues to face an even greater threat.

NCC have stated Ponteland is central to the economic growth of the county and so NCC plan to release large swathes of Green Belt land around Ponteland to facilitate large scale housing development in the village.

The Ponteland Green Belt Group is not complacent . The fight continues!

Birney Hill Inquiry

The Inquiry now gathers momentum with Mark Ketley NCC (Planning) being questioned by Lugano tomorrow morning.
Due to the Inspector changing the timetable, Guy Opperman MP will be giving a presentation to the Inquiry some time after lunch.
Please come and support our MP, your presence could make all the difference.
Venue:
Platinum Suite, 2nd floor, West Stand, Falcons Rugby Club
Inquiry not siting on Friday this week due to a Rugby Match

Ponteland Greenbelt Group Important Update

Northumberland County Council (NCC) Core Strategy Final Draft for Housing, Employment and Greenbelt Consultation will be examined independently by The Planning Inspectorate to determine soundness of the development plan
We say, NCC are continuing to use flawed and out of date data and do not appear to have listened to the valid, evidence based concerns from the Ponteland residents
This is part of our last opportunity to register our concerns and NCC has had an unprecedented response to date from Ponteland
residents so far….4,300 responses

We need this to continue during the Final Consultation.
Remember, previous responses will not count against this new document

Read the full Text

Back to Reality for the Ponteland Greenbelt Group

With the “Festive Season” over,
It is back to reality for the Ponteland Greenbelt Group
We now face 3 issues in the New Year:

  • Birney Hill Inquiry for 3 weeks starting 13th Jan until 29th Jan
  • NCC Core Strategy Community Consultation from 12th Dec until 11th Feb
  • New Sports Centre idea?

Birney Hill Inquiry
Location: Falcons Rugby Club,
Dates
First Week: Tuesday-Thursday 13th, 14th & 15th Jan.
Second Week: Tuesday-Friday 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd Jan.
Third Week: Tuesday-Thursday 27th, 28th, & 29th Jan.
Times: 13th Jan starting at 10am all remaining days start at 9.30am.

No information is available on the timing of breaks during the day or finishing times at the end of the day, this will be decided by the Inspector each day depending on the proceedings.

Ponteland needs to show a good presence at this Inquiry and we appreciate that 3 weeks is a long time but we need to count on you coming to view this public event and supporting the Greenbelt Group who have worked so hard in protecting our Greenbelt.
Once it is gone-it’s gone forever!

Northumberland County Council Final Draft Core Strategy Consultation
This started on the 12th December, before Christmas, it is our opportunity to make comments to this new document. We only have until the 11th February to return a response.

At the last consultation Ponteland contributed over 4,300 responses with thousands more individual comments to NCC, we are assured that all these comments have been taken into consideration when preparing this Final Draft.

However, to make a difference we all need to attend the drop in sessions programmed for Ponteland, view the NCC website, raise our questions and respond with comments as we did before. Link to be found in the previous articles.
This is a “New Consultation” and previous responses will not count against this Final Draft.

Drop in dates & times:
Wednesday 14th Jan Leisure Centre 1-7.30pm
Saturday 31st Jan Memorial Hall 10am-3pm

The Greenbelt Group have been working on the NCC document over the Christmas break and will be giving some guidance in the next few days.

New Sports Centre
The Greenbelt Group will be looking into this and reviewing the information in the next update on the homepage.