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.

Demonstrators see Red over Green Belt Plans

Saying no: Chairman of Ponteland’s Green Belt Group Alma Dunigan led the demonstration against Green Belt development.

THE fight against Green Belt development in Ponteland shows no sign of flagging, as impassioned residents turned out en masse to attend a demonstration over the plans.

The town, known for its peaceful and picturesque character, is facing the prospect of 500 homes being built either side of the A696 by Banks Property and a further 280 houses at the Birney Hill area.

Lugano Group, which is currently running consultations on the latter scheme, also owns considerable land on the Dissington Estate, leading some to believe this proposal could be the tip of the iceberg.

On Tuesday, as Ponteland Town Council’s planning committee prepared to discuss the group’s scoping report, over 150 residents gathered outside to make their opposition felt.

“This is to let Northumberland County Council, Ponteland Town Council and any developers who are thinking of coming to Ponteland know that we care passionately about retaining our Green Belt,” said Alma Dunigan, chairman of the Green Belt Group. Continue reading

Town Council Withdraw Agenda Item

Yesterday the Town Council decided to withdraw an item on the agenda for discussion by Councillors.

Lugano, developers, had requested through Northumberland County Council a scoping opinion from the Town Council Committee. This request is part of the normal planning procedure for large scale developments. This Committee decided they needed an extension of time to seek advice before discussing this issue.

Even though residents through the Greenbelt Group were advised that this item would not be discussed approx 60 people, including dogs and pushchairs, gathered outside the building where the Council Office is located, to show their strength of feeling.

I would like to take this opportunity in thanking all the residents who came together and shared the glorious morning sunshine and the atmosphere of solidarity.

I can reassure you we will notify you of when and where this item is to be discussed in the next few weeks.

The Greenbelt Group thanks you for your orders for the signs, as displayed in Cheviot View, and your generous donations for the Campaign.

Chair of the Greenbelt Group