An update and a few facts on the Police HQ site

  • Some residents close to the site have received a leaflet drop
  • According to the press this site is to be sold
  • As we know to date this area has been given outline planning approval for 150 houses.
  • Discussions have taken place between NCC planners and the agents representing the interests of the Police for a fresh outline application for approx 250 houses.
  • This site is designated as “previously developed site in the Greenbelt” this makes it a slightly different category to Greenbelt.
  • Next Tuesday at Merton Hall between 2pm-8pm residents are invited to view the proposed application.

We would like to reassure you of our ongoing campaign to protect the Greenbelt and the Ponteland Greenbelt Group will study and scrutinise the new application when it is submitted to Northumberland County Council, but we would ask you to read on:

Did you know?
This site has had several uses since it was purchased in the early 1900’s

Did you know?
The Poor Law Guardians of Newcastle upon Tyne bought 70 acres from Smallburn Farm on which they built accommodation for children from the workhouse in Newcastle. They opened in November 1903 and reached 320 children by 1913, where they were educated, trained and lived in houses with a house mother.

Did you know?
The Cottage Homes closed in 1960 and several of these houses are listed buildings along with the Superintendants house and workshops.

Did you know?
For those who are old enough to remember, it was Northumberland Teacher Training College, which accommodated over 400 students and staff. All of those buildings, including halls of residence, still exist today and have been fully utilised by their present owners.
Because this site has served a number of uses over time, this is what makes the site a “previously developed site in the Greenbelt” and we hope you find this information, put together by our group, beneficial. This is part of an ongoing situation and to learn more, we remind you of the

Community Consultation on Tuesday 18th February at Merton Hall 2pm-8pm

Public Meeting 9th October 2013

Ponteland Green Belt Public Meeting 9th OctoberA high attendance of residents concerned on the issues of the Green Belt and the recent release of an Northumberland County Council consultation document.

On Wednesday evening 9th October approx 550 residents filed into the Hall at Ponteland High School for the public meeting on the Lugano outline planning application for Birney Hill Farm.

Ponteland Green Belt Public The first 350 were able to sit in the hall the remaining 200 stood from 6pm, when the meeting started, until 8.30pm, when it finished.

Peter Jackson, leader of the Conservative party Northumberland, was the first speaker. He stated that this application would open the flood gates to building on the Ponteland Green Belt and would be the beginning of the end of Ponteland and Darras Hall as we know it. The audience was reminded that Lugano had already purchased 2,500 acres and were also acting on behalf of other land owners in the area interested in development. Cll Jackson received an overwhelming applause for his contribution.

Ponteland Green Belt Public The access to the Northumberland Local Plan, Core Strategy on Housing, Employment and the Green Belt Preferred Options Document was of major concern of the attendees, they were suspicious of the timing of its release and its content. Many of the questions from the floor were geared to the planners to answer on this topic.

Whilst other residents focused their concerns on the outline planning application at Birney Hill with questions on potential flooding and surface water drainage issues in the area and the likely impact they would have on surrounding lower ground levels, particularly in the adjacent Edgehill, Darras Hall.

The Environment Agency dismissed Luganos proposed drainage system as inadequate and Northumberland Water advised that Eland Lane pumping station was at full capacity.
Newcastle Airport reserved comment until they had considered a recently received report.
Traffic and car parking issues were dismissed by the Highways Dept, they did not think there was a need for extra car parking spaces despite the fact that parts of Ponteland are grid locked twice a day during the school run.

The Community Land Trust document has been sent to NCC, but as yet has not been agreed. Lugano are in discussions with 3 different companies and intend to pass over the entire responsibility to the Trust. No answer was given to how this would operate or the likely charges, responsibilities and liabilities this would bring to the Birney Hill residents.
The indication of the affordable housing provision was, that they were not affordable due to the high prices of the area and there was nothing in place to control the prices and status when the ownership was passed on.

To conclude, I don’t think anybody was convinced

Site Visit at Birney Hill Yesterday

250 supporters turned out yesterday at the top end of Western Way To “SAY NO” to the proposed outline planning application at Birney Hill.

A big “thank you” to all who came and stood in the autumn sunshine.
I understand that no other site visit, in the whole of Northumberland, has generated as many concerned residents as we did yesterday.

I am sure I don’t need to remind you:-
Public Meeting on the 9th October, at Ponteland High School at 6pm.

Look forward to seeing you

IS THIS THE LAST HARVEST GATHERED IN FROM BIRNEY HILL FARM?

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WE NEED TO ACT NOW AND PROTECT THE GREEN BELT AROUND PONTELAND

THE COUNTY COUNCILLORS AND PLANNERS ARE MAKING A SITE VISIT
MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER ABOUT 12.30pm

MEET AT THE TOP OF WESTERN WAY 12.15

THERE IS A PUBLIC MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 9TH OCTOBER in the

DINING ROOM AT THE HIGH SCHOOL at 6 pm.

THIS IS IMPORTANT.
LET US SHOW OUR OPPOSITION TO THIS DEVELOPMENT

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LUGANO DEVELOPMENT BIRNEY HILL – SITE VISIT AND PUBLIC MEETING

A site visit to Birney Hill Farm will take place on the 7th October 12.15 pm. County Councillors from the Planning Committee will look at the site and deliberate.  No questions or talking to these councillors is allowed.  We want to show the level of support in Ponteland for our GREEN BELT.  We can do this by as many objectors to the Lugano plans as possible gathering at the junction of Western Way/Stamfordham Road in silent protest, with numbers of protest signs and banners which we will hand out.  Please join us!  Park on Western Way or walk if possible to avoid congestion

Now for the MUST ATTEND event.
A Public Meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th October at 6pm at the Ponteland High School, Dining Hall. A high turnout is essential.  PONTELAND NEEDS YOU!

Who will attend from the Council?
The Case Officer for this planning application and the Councillors from the West Area Planning Committee. The applicant will also be invited to be present. The proceedings will be chaired by the Chairman of the Committee

The Case Officer has requested through the Green Belt Group
To enable the maximum to be gained by all parties at this event any advanced warning of the questions likely to be raised at the Public Meeting. This would allow NCC to invite the appropriate consultee to be present (eg Highway Engineers, Flood Risk Expert, Airport Planner) This would allow for a fuller answer to be given to the residents.  The Greenbelt Group have agreed to accept questions and pass them on to the Case Officer to arrange for a suitable answer to be given at the meeting. If you are aware now, that you wish to raise a question/s please use the Greenbelt Website contact tab and leave your question. www.pontelandgreenbelt.co.uk or drop a note into 93 Cheviot View Ponteland or Ring and leave a message on 01661 822517

Please come and show your support

This will be the only opportunity for the community to give the Committee members their views       Surely 4,300 registered objections can’t be wrong !

Remember once the Green Belt has been given up it is gone forever !