Shared facilities for Ponteland Leisure Centre proposal

As NCC current proposal for the sharing of the Leisure Centre facilities with the Ponteland schools has a direct impact on  Green Belt deletion in Ponteland the Ponteland Green Belt Group has responded to the proposals.

The response can be viewed here

PGBG Leisure response.

Dissington Estate “somewhere near Ponteland”

Ponteland Green Belt Group attended todays Cabinet Meeting at County Hall.

Grant Davey (Leader of the Council) introduced the Report saying that NCC had been contacted by The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and asked to submit an Expression of Interest for support in developing a proposal for a Garden Village. Councillor Davey said that he thought that the proposed site (Dissington Estate) was ‘somewhere near Ponteland’.

The Garden Village proposal is for 1800 homes – this is in addition to the housing numbers proposed for Ponteland within the Core Strategy (minimum 900 with potential for nearly 2000 houses).Councillor Peter Jackson and Councillor Reid objected to the proposal; the following is a summary of some of the points raised –

NCC were not directly contacted and asked to submit a proposal – a Government circular was sent to ALL Councils throughout the Country notifying them of the scheme.
The current proposal does not meet the clearly defined criteria for the scheme; DCLG state –

  • The garden village must be a new discrete settlement, and not an extension of an existing town or village.
  • It is important that new garden villages are built as a response to meeting housing needs locally.
  • 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
  • We welcome expressions of interest which make effective use of previously developed land (brownfield land) and/or public sector land.

NCC and Lugano Developments have identified the site (Dissington Estate); there are other more appropriate sites across Northumberland that fit the established criteria for this Government initiative.
The proposed scheme is very similar to the Birney Hill proposal (Village concept, Green Belt Development); NCC legally challenged this at great expense little over a year ago – rightly arguing against inappropriate development within Green Belt and no identified housing need.
Up to 12 Garden Villages/Towns/Cities will be progressed – If this NCC scheme is chosen, Grant Davey stated that the Government would have to understand that the current Core Strategy would be delayed yet further; NCC would need to incorporate further deletion of Ponteland Green Belt and to schedule yet further Consultation timeframes.
NCC have stated that they will progress this housing development even if they do not get DCLG scheme approval.

Interesting times ahead as we attempt to fully understand why NCC continue in their determination to destroy the special character of Ponteland.

Best wishes
Ponteland Green Belt Group

Fantastic turnout of Ponteland residents

Many thanks to each and everyone of you who attended today’s event at Memorial Hall. The turnout was fantastic – despite the weather. We know that more than 700 attended. The response from Ponteland residents has been consistent since commencement of the consultation in 2012.
NCC can be in no doubt that their proposals for Ponteland are wrong on so many levels. It will be interesting to see if the valid concerns raised will be listened to – we will not accept destruction of Ponteland!
Your support for Ponteland Green Belt Group is very much appreciated thank you. We will be in touch soon as we continue to prepare for the next stage.

Latest NCC Core Strategy released for “consultation.”

Please find below the link to the Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy – Pre Submission Draft Consultation.

We are currently reviewing the content and will update you with our views as soon as possible. The consultation period runs until 25th November.

A drop in session is scheduled for the 7th November at the Memorial Hall

NCC Pre Submission Draft Consultation

Northumberland Core Strategy

Northumberland Core Strategy Housing, Employment and Greenbelt preferred option
You may have seen articles in the Evening Chronicle and the Journal yesterday and today referring to a Northumberland county Council.

This report appears to say that NCC policy is for the deletion of some of the Greenbelt surrounding Ponteland, although we remain at the Consultation Stage up until the Christmas period, we will try to keep you informed.


Hello Ponteland Green Belt Supporters

Hello supporters and welcome to our latest group of recruits.

You will find attached a copy of a document being circulated by Northumberland County Council which you should be receiving through your doors over the coming week.

The leaflet is inviting residents of Northumberland to express their views on the future development of the county across various subject areas including new housing and Green Belt at a series of workshops and drop in sessions. the feedback from these sessions will be used by the council in the formulation of the new Core Strategy for Northumberland.

This should not be seen as a blueprint for speculative developers.

You will see by the list on the second page that various locations are being used for this purpose but none in or around Ponteland.

Given the potential threat to the green belt around Ponteland by prospective developers we are concerned that it is not deemed necessary to include us in these consultations.

Does our opinion not count?

We have made representations to Northumberland County Council over this apparent oversight and have been informed that no exceptions will be made and we will not be given a session (a similar position exists with Cramlington and Prudhoe).

We will therefore be making representations at most if not all of the venues listed to make our feelings known and should you feel strongly enough about this we would invite you to do likewise.

The link below will take you straight to the NCC web site at the relevant section to register your interest in attending one of the events elsewhere and the second page of the attachment gives the contact details for the relevant department within NCC to comment on the lack of a venue for consultation in or around Ponteland itself.

Should you register for an event or contact the council in the meantime we would be very interested to hear from you as while we as a group can apply pressure and express opinions each and every individual has a right to be heard on this and once again please feel free to tell your neighbours and friends as we want people to be as informed as possible.

More soon
Ponteland Green Belt 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