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

September 2012 Update

Since the Event in the Memorial Hall in August a group of volunteers have set up a the Ponteland Greenbelt Group its mission is to inform the local Community of the possibility of large scale development around Ponteland.

This group has also recognised the need to support the Town Council in compiling a second draft of a Town Council Local Plan. This in principle was agreed at the Ponteland Community Partnerships Event on the 21st August with the Mayor Peter Cowey.

A small separate group has now been established to work on the second draft of the Town Council Local Plan.

I would ask residents to support our volunteers in their tasks ahead and we will keep you updated though this website.

Thank you for your support
Alma Dunigan
Chair Ponteland Greenbelt Group

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