Planning applications before Strategy Planning committee 15 March 2017

You may already be aware that all three major outline-planning applications are being considered at the Strategic Planning Committee on Wednesday 15 March.

All three applications are recommended for approval by NCC Planning Officers.

Notifications have been posted adjacent to the three sites and many residents have received notification by post.

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED WITHIN THE NOTIFICATIONS IS INCORRECT – The meeting starts at 1pm and not 2pm as stated in NCC Notification !  

 Ponteland Green Belt Group fully expect the Committee to agree the recommendation and say that ‘they are minded to grant approval’

Do not be surprised at this pre determined outcome  – ( there will no doubt be some  attempt to make it look  anything other than  a decision already made some time ago  behind closed doors )

What will happen next? The outline applications are all on Green Belt land and NCC have an obligation to refer the application, and their recommendations, to the Secretary of State  (via the National Planning Casework Unit )  for review.

Ponteland Green Belt Group, Ponteland Town Council, Ponteland Civic Society, Ponteland Community Partnership and our County Councillors have already requested that all 3 applications  are “called in” by the Secretary of State

Our proactive approach has the full support of Guy Opperman MP. Ponteland Green Belt group have had it confirmed  that the National Planning Casework Unit have the applications on their radar and are monitoring the situation.

We are hopeful that the Secretary of State will ‘call in’ the applications.  We feel very strongly that the applications, and the impact of them, should be considered cumulatively – the applications should not be considered in isolation.

Our case for seeking the Secretary of State intervention and “call in” the applications is based on the fact that it is National Planning Policy that Green belt should only be released in exceptional circumstances and in any case must be done through the Core Strategy process. The applications are therefore premature

Prior to the Strategic Planning Meeting the Committee will undertake a site visit. This is scheduled for Monday 13th March; the Committee is expected to arrive at Ponteland Leisure Centre at 2.15pm and will then visit the other 2 proposed sites (behind Cheviot View and the Dissington Estate.

Residents have been consistent in their objections to the excessive housing numbers allocated to Ponteland; we will use this as evidence when applications and NCC decisions are independently reviewed – either as part of the Core Strategy inspection or as part of the Secretary of State ‘call in process’.

What can you do?

  • Attend the site visit (2pm Monday 13th March at Ponteland Leisure Centre). 

We expect press presence and this is an opportunity to demonstrate that Ponteland  residents are consistent in their continued objection

  • Attend the Strategic Planning Committee Meeting ( Wednesday 15th March at 1pm –County Hall – Morpeth   )

Ponteland Town Council, County Councillors and some residents have registered to speak on our behalf – as residents we need to support them.

Prevent Mass Development of Ponteland -Act Now Responses needed by 23 Dec

As mentioned in our previous post please find a link to the following documents.

A suggested draft response to the Supplementary Planning Document –

You can use the template as is but it would be great if you could add your own comments.

A  draft  objection response to the Banks Group outline planning permission application

Re the Core Strategy Major Modifications Document – This  response has to relate to the ‘Soundness’ of the Plan. NCC are attempting to get Dissington Garden Village in through the ‘back door’. They have not consulted with Ponteland residents – the Major Modifications are unsound. Many of you have authorised PGBG to act on your behalf – thank you. If you wish us to respond on your behalf please send an email to

pontgreenbeltgroup@btconnect.com

An information leaflet  is also provided

Remember the cut off date  is 23 Dec

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Please note – we are NOT against  development. Ponteland already has over 650 houses in the completions and approved applications  pipeline without the developments listed above.

Is it not ironic that the two large developments that are proposed include the word “village” in the title- A promotional gimmick to exploit the attractive  character of Ponteland – exactly what will be lost once the developers have made their huge  profits and long gone.

It is considered that the higher housing growth option, requiring 1,000 new dwellings over the plan period could begin to compromise the character of the town’ (Quote from NCC expert analysis Oct 2013)

We are looking at over 3000 new dwellings

How about this quote from NCC

Projected population change – as a guide, it has been considered than on average an acceptable increase in population for Main Towns is between 10% and 19%, 4% and 8% for Service Centres and around 4% in the rest of the County.

We are currently looking at population increase of 69%

or what about this quote from NCC.

We have maintained our position that, in acknowledgement of the need to accommodate proportionate growth in Ponteland over the plan period, an element of Green Belt deletion will be required

Is what is being proposed “proportionate” growth? An element of  Green Belt ?

NCC are proposing to delete 411 Hectares across the entire County , 228 Hectares of that Green Belt land is in  Ponteland – an unjustified 51.7% of the total.

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.

Ponteland Green Belt Group response to Major Modifications to Core Strategy Document.

Please find attached the PGBG submission to NCC re the Major modifications document.

We have had acknowledgement that it has been recieved

The responses in places are duplicated . This is because the  response has to address a particular modification area  and be sent in as a separate response.

We were  delighted to be able to  inform NCC that this response represents the views of over 1100 residents. Thank you.

We have no expectation that NCC will take any notice of the views of Ponteland residents. (At least they are consistent in that regard.)

We will continue to keep you informed

NCC Major Modifications _reply by PGBG

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

Important….Final Push!

In our update last week we advised you that we would provide further guidance –

Core Strategy Response
Ponteland Green Belt Group are continuing to work on a group response to the Core Strategy – at this stage we will challenge the Soundness of the plan.
Many of you have provided your name, address and signature authorising us to submit our response on your behalf – Thank you! If you have not done this and are  happy for us to submit the response on your behalf please send us your details to pontgreenbeltgroup@btconnect.com – we need details before Thursday please. 

Once we have finalised the response we will circulate via email and publish on the PGBG website for your information.

Supplementary Planning Document (Schools & Leisure) Response
In the past, Ponteland Green Belt Group (PGBG) have provided template letters for you to amend and sign. NCC has made it more difficult to do this on this occasion. It is important at this stage that we all respond individually.

We have attached 2 documents –

  • SPD Supporting Guidance – as the Green Belt Group we have focussed on responses within our remit. We will continue to challenge release of this land from the Green Belt, through the Core Strategy. Protecting the Green Belt will prevent  NCC preferred option to relocate schools and leisure to this site.
  • SPD Consultation Response Form –  We have populated responses to relevant questions for you to consider as a response.  Please feel free to add your own comments – how will this affect you?

Deadline for responses is 25 November 2015.

Ponteland Green Belt Group

SPD supporters explanation note.16-11

Supplementary Planning Document Response Form

 

NCC Core Strategy & Supplementary Planning Document for Ponteland

NCC have introduced the schools and leisure proposals very late in the day. They have included this in a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and, in addition to the Core Strategy, are consulting on this too (just to make things more confusing and difficult!)

Core Strategy Response
The plan is for PGBG to respond to the Core Strategy Document – at this stage we have to challenge the soundness of the document/consultation. NCC have requested that if a group representation is being made that we include names, addresses and email addresses of those residents that we are representing. Many of those residents at the event last Saturday signed to say that we could do that, we are asking that if you haven’t signed anything yet to email us at pontgreenbeltgroup@btconnect.com with those details
Within the response we  have to say if we would be willing to go in front of the Inspector and independent review – our  answer will be a positive yes.
Once finalised the response will go on the website so that you are aware.

Supplementary Planning Document (Schools & Leisure) Response
In the past, PBGB have provided template letters for you to amend and sign. It is important at this stage that we all respond individually. We will provide you with headlines and key concerns to support you in your response. We are working on that now and would hope to get that out to you no later than Monday.

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.

This will Affect you – We need to act Now

NCC are hosting an event at Memorial Hall this coming Saturday in relation to the proposed development of Ponteland.

Please take some time to read the attached flyer as this is important and will affect all of us.

We need a good turn out once again to show them the strength of feeling has not diminished.

Please make the effort to drop in and give your feedback as it all counts in the end.

We look forward to seeing you there

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