Guy Opperman MP statement on latest NCC Core Strategy

“Northumberland County Council’s local plan is now drawing to a close. It seems in Ponteland at least, our communities have not been listened to. Fundamentally I believe in the Greenbelt, and I will always be a big champion of the vital role the Greenbelt plays here in Ponteland and Darras Hall. I personally have always supported substantial development of housing at brown field sites like the old police headquarters site in Ponteland and the old hospital in Stannington. However, what I want to see is a plan which is community led, with organic growth in our individual communities. Residents are rightly concerned that Northumberland County Council’s latest plan looks to be imposing a huge growth in housing numbers, with potential for over 2000 new homes, which would increase our local population by more than a third. Fundamentally, substantial areas of the Greenbelt are still being earmarked for housing. I have still yet to see any substantive evidence to support the County Council’s case for these proposed Greenbelt deletions.”

Latest NCC Core Strategy Draft Released

The latest Draft Core strategy from NCC has been released

Two immediate headlines.

1) The housing allocation for Ponteland has been increased to 900 – remember thats minimum!  Far greater than has been suggested in any other previous Core Strategy document or in any NCC so called “consultation’ events.

2 ) Ponteland has been re designated as a Main Town from being listed previously as a Service Centre – This is no doubt an attempt to justify the vast increase in housing allocation.

We will give further information once we have had time to digest the document.

The document can be found at. NCC Draft Core Strategy Sept 2015

 

 

What else is going on in the North East, Durham County Council

As there are so many similarities between Northumberland and Durham’s proposed plans we decided to pass on this information for your viewing.

A brief summary follows on the INSPECTOR’S INTERIM VIEWS on the legal compliance and soundness of the submitted County Durham plan

To view the full report click here Durham Report

Released on Wednesday 18th February – this Inspectors interim report indicates that Durham County Council (DCC) Local Plan is unsound. DCC now has three options.

a) To continue the examination
b) To suspend it or
c) To withdraw the plan.

The Inspector has advised that it would not be in the best interests of plan making to recommend an unsound plan.
There are so many similarities between Northumberland and Durham’s proposed Plans; the findings are key to Ponteland residents and evidence that our concerns are justified!
Ponteland Green Belt Group has asked NCC for their initial response to this key DCC document due to the similarities of NCC Draft Core Strategy – we await their reply.
Key Points

  • Population and economic growth scenarios provided from Edge Analytics across both Plan areas.
  • Assessment of housing needs is too high…. the Council’s vision incorporates unrealistic assumptions about jobs growth and associated in-migration.
  • Following each stage of DCC Consultation following comments made by residents many changes were made to the Plan relating to both sites and policies – unlike NCC who have ignored residents’ concerns.
  • Unnecessary dwellings proposed for the Green Belt and a full review of non-Green Belt sources of supply should be undertaken.
  • Proposed relief roads are not justified.
  • The jobs target is very ambitious.
  • The employment statistics are an unacceptable risk and the housing potential is an overprovision.
  • No allowance has been made for bringing empty houses back into use, there is no allowance for small windfall sites and many brownfield areas of land have not been assessed.
  • The housing requirement should be reduced (suggests 29%)
  • Incursions into the Green Belt are directly contrary to national policy.
  • There is no need to release 3 large sites from the Green Belt.
  • Development of some sites would contribute to urban sprawl.
  • There are no exceptional circumstance which would justify release of 72.4 hectares of Green Belt land in Chester le Street.

NCC Final Draft Core Strategy Response

Response to Northumberland County Council (NCC) Core Strategy Final Draft for Housing, Employment and Greenbelt

Question 1 (Page 10) – Do you have any comments on the introductory section?
National Planning Policy states that household projections published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) should be used as the starting point. Release of DCLG2012 is imminent; this document does not offer assurances that current assumptions will be reviewed to incorporate DCLG2012.

Within the Introduction Councillor Alan Hepple acknowledges the need to use the most up to date … Read full document

Final Draft Core Strategy “Countdown”

Don’t forget:
All residents of a household (that includes children) have until the 11th Feb to respond to this NCC document.
View the front page below or Download a complete copy

Responses and comments can be delivered to:
By post to: Spatial Policy and Delivery Team, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 2EF
E-mail to: PlanningStrategy@northumberland.gov.uk
Hand deliver to: 93 Cheviot View or 17 Darras Road.

Greenbelt response to core strategy Jan 2015 Draft v 2 option 2_Page_1

Final Draft Core Strategy January 2015

Please get involved and respond to the Final Draft Core Strategy, all previous responses were for the previous documents not this Final Draft.

Every resident in Ponteland is eligible to respond, as seen below.
This is our last chance to make a difference.

Click here or on the first image to open and download the complete pdf file

Greenbelt response to core strategy Jan 2015 Draft v 2 option 2_Page_1

 

Greenbelt response to core strategy Jan 2015 Draft v 2 option 2_Page_2

GIFT AID FORM

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.