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

Ponteland Greenbelt Group

This group of local volunteers are looking at the issues of potential large scale development around Ponteland at a time when local authorities Local Development Plan is not in place. This can be seen as a window of opportunity for any developer.

To date developers are looking at the possibility of developing on Greenbelt designated land at Clickemin Farm and Birney Hill Farm, in total up to 800 houses. There is also a land reserve of 2,500 acres at Dissington Estate, and maybe other areas.

The Greenbelt Group have grave concerns to the impact any developments of this size could have on Ponteland which most residents still see as a village with its unique characteristics.

This situation is compounded with the changes in the planning procedure which simplify the process which any application goes through. The revised National Planning Policy Framework, which is part of the National Guidelines, stream lines the process for planning applications. This could almost fast track an application through the planning process. In reality an application could be submitted to Northumberland County Council very soon, and objections can only be made within 21days of the application.

Question:  Can Green Belt be built on?
Answer:    Probably…if we don’t act now!!!!

We all need to respond to Northumberland County Council when any of these applications are submitted for consideration.

PROTECT PONTELAND

If you would like to be kept up to date or get involved, visit the website
www.pontelandgreenbelt.co.uk
Mobile:  07532157035

Just remember these issues will affect you and the way you live.

Alma Dunigan
Chair of the Ponteland Greenbelt Group