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Old January 3rd, 2017, 12:29 PM   #101
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Ponteland garden village plan 'still on' despite not being on Government list

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Ponteland garden village plan 'still on' despite not being on Government list
By Graeme Whitfield 2 January 2017


Aerial view of site for Dissington Garden Village (Photo: Trevor Walker Photography)

Developers behind a controversial bid to build 2,000 homes in the North East countryside say their plans will continue despite not being on a list of Government-approved garden villages.

Newcastle firm Lugano wants to build houses and other facilities on the Dissington estate near Ponteland but faces strenuous opposition in the local area from people who say that the village cannot cope with the massive increase in population the new homes would bring. The firm has submitted an expression of interest to the Government to become on the new “garden villages” that Ministers want to see built to increase the amount of new housing in the UK.

The scheme has not been included on the Government’s list of 14 garden villages, but the Government says Lugano’s bid still has a chance of success and could be considered later this year.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said it had received a high number of applications to become garden villages and a second round of approvals could be made in 2017.

Lugano chairman Richard Robson said: “We were not expecting Dissington to be included in this first announcement because we need to be a little further on in relation to the planning process but we are in engaged in a very positive dialogue with the Department of Communities and Local Government and are confident that the Dissington Garden Village proposals will be included in a subsequent announcement.”

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Waggon Inn near Ponteland to be transformed into destination venue by new owners

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Waggon Inn near Ponteland to be transformed into destination venue by new owners
By Coreena Ford 1`3 January 2017


The Waggon Inn

A popular Northumberland pub and restaurant has been snapped up by a Yorkshire company keen to turn it into a destination venue.

The Waggon Inn, between Ponteland and Belsay on the A696, has been sold to Boothwood Ltd, a hospitality firm which runs six pubs and restaurants in West Yorkshire. Boothwood Ltd has amassed several awards for its pubs and restaurants since starting out nine years ago, including Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2015 and National Takeaway Awards 2016, which are based in both in rural village and town locations.

The firm’s director Sarah Stuttle originally comes from Newcastle and intends to replicate the firm’s success and ethos in the North East. Mrs Stuttle said: "We have been looking to expand outside of Yorkshire for some time now. I am originally from Newcastle and since starting my career in hospitality I have always wanted a site near my home town. When we spotted the Waggon we thought it had a lot of potential and would be a perfect site for us. We would like to keep the character of the building and think by adding Boothwood’s unique style we will be able to create a great atmosphere and dining experience for what we hope will become a fantastic destination pub and restaurant.”

Mark Worley, director at Christie & Co who handled the sale, said: “This is great news for the people of Ponteland, Belsay and the surrounding towns and villages and we wish Sarah and the guys at Boothwood every success. The pub is just a few miles from Ponteland, one of the most affluent and sought after towns in the North East. We felt that a sustained period of ownership and investment from a hands-on operator was needed in order to re-establish the business and take full advantage of the pub’s enviable location. Some have tried in recent years but not succeeded and fortunately we have now managed to find the perfect buyer who intends to transform the business and premises.”

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Old January 27th, 2017, 12:45 PM   #103
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Concerns over Ponteland housing plans in green belt

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Concerns over Ponteland housing plans in green belt
26 January 2017


Part of the 21-hectare site to the west of the A696 and north of the B6545 in Ponteland where Banks Property has applied to build 400 homes.

Hundreds of objections have been lodged over a controversial proposal for 400 new homes at a site in Ponteland.

Banks Property submitted its application for a 21-hectare site to the west of the A696 and north of the B6545, which includes green belt land, after displaying its updated plans and seeking feedback from residents at Ponteland Leisure Centre in November. But many of those who went along were unhappy with the West Clickemin Farm development and they have formally put forward their concerns.

Darras Hall resident Callum Tappin’s list of objections includes the following: ‘There would be an impact on the already oversubscribed school capacity, additional strain on oversubscribed local health resources, additional traffic flow congestion on top of the current over-congested roads around Ponteland and there is a lack of additional parking provision. There is also a lack of utility infrastructure provision to support the extra people that this plan will inflict on Ponteland (water/gas/sewage/electricity).’ Ponteland Town Council is against the proposal. It says: The proposed development would be seriously harmful to the green belt by reason of its inappropriateness and because it would significantly reduce its openness. The benefits stated are unclear, there is no need for the development proposed and there is no transparent or essential case made with regard to supporting community facilities that may otherwise be funded without the significant harm arising to the openness of the green belt.’

When the plans were submitted, Banks Property’s managing director, Michael Shuttleworth, said: “We have created a high-quality development scheme for what we believe is the most appropriate location in the area for residential development, a view that is backed up by its inclusion in the draft county council Core Strategy as being appropriate for housing as part of a wider mixed-use development.”

The benefits outlined in the planning statement for the application include supporting the renewal of education and leisure facilities, more people supporting local shops and services such as libraries and community halls, and the creation of wildlife corridors and green infrastructure.

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Concerns over Ponteland housing plans in green belt
26 January 2017

Hundreds of objections have been lodged over a controversial proposal for 400 new homes at a site in Ponteland.

Banks Property submitted its application for a 21-hectare site to the west of the A696 and north of the B6545, which includes green belt land, after displaying its updated plans and seeking feedback from residents at Ponteland Leisure Centre in November. But many of those who went along were unhappy with the West Clickemin Farm development and they have formally put forward their concerns.

Darras Hall resident Callum Tappin’s list of objections includes the following: ‘There would be an impact on the already oversubscribed school capacity, additional strain on oversubscribed local health resources, additional traffic flow congestion on top of the current over-congested roads around Ponteland and there is a lack of additional parking provision. There is also a lack of utility infrastructure provision to support the extra people that this plan will inflict on Ponteland (water/gas/sewage/electricity).’ Ponteland Town Council is against the proposal. It says: The proposed development would be seriously harmful to the green belt by reason of its inappropriateness and because it would significantly reduce its openness. The benefits stated are unclear, there is no need for the development proposed and there is no transparent or essential case made with regard to supporting community facilities that may otherwise be funded without the significant harm arising to the openness of the green belt.’

When the plans were submitted, Banks Property’s managing director, Michael Shuttleworth, said: “We have created a high-quality development scheme for what we believe is the most appropriate location in the area for residential development, a view that is backed up by its inclusion in the draft county council Core Strategy as being appropriate for housing as part of a wider mixed-use development.”

The benefits outlined in the planning statement for the application include supporting the renewal of education and leisure facilities, more people supporting local shops and services such as libraries and community halls, and the creation of wildlife corridors and green infrastructure.

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Old February 2nd, 2017, 04:24 PM   #105
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Aldi plotting Ponteland store opening as part of UK expansion plans

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Aldi plotting Ponteland store opening as part of UK expansion plans
By Coreena Ford 2 February 2017



Discount supermarket Aldi could soon be serving up its cut price groceries in Ponteland, it has emerged.

The German food retailer is hunting a location for a store in the upmarket Northumberland village as part of moves to open in new locations right across the UK. And it could be the first of many more in the North East as part of a new round of exansion which will see the grover open 70 new stores, creating some 4,000 jobs.

An Aldi spokeswoman said: “We are always considering new locations for stores across the UK, including in Ponteland. When we have confirmed a location for a new store we will update the local community.”

Ponteland is a focus for the firm at present, but the firm’s property team has a lengthy wishlist of other areas it is seeking to open, with more than 30 key locations highlighted in the North East.

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Aldi plotting Ponteland store opening as part of UK expansion plans
By Coreena Ford 2 February 2017

Discount supermarket Aldi could soon be serving up its cut price groceries in Ponteland, it has emerged.

The German food retailer is hunting a location for a store in the upmarket Northumberland village as part of moves to open in new locations right across the UK. And it could be the first of many more in the North East as part of a new round of exansion which will see the grover open 70 new stores, creating some 4,000 jobs.

An Aldi spokeswoman said: “We are always considering new locations for stores across the UK, including in Ponteland. When we have confirmed a location for a new store we will update the local community.”

Ponteland is a focus for the firm at present, but the firm’s property team has a lengthy wishlist of other areas it is seeking to open, with more than 30 key locations highlighted in the North East.

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Yes one suspects that whatever the question is the answer is 'no'
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It also mentions they're scouting for Blaydon - presume that'll be for the 'big name discount food retailer' on the Churchills development...!
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Opposition to new primary school

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Opposition to new primary school
14 February 2017


Darras Hall First School

PLANS to demolish Darras Hall First School and build a two-storey primary have sparked scores of objections online.

The proposal is part of a plan to restructure the education system in Ponteland from a three-tier to a two-tier system, with the new school catering for children aged three to 11. The proposed footprint of the school would measure 1932sqm, with two small soccer pitches and a 3G pitch incorporated into the design.

More than 80 objections to the plans for the school have been made by residents and concerned parents on Northumberland County Council's planning portal.

Ponteland Town Council also responded to the proposals by commenting: "Residents are surprised and disappointed that NCC have decided to develop a two-tier system rather than a three-tier system. Ninety four per cent of parents of Ponteland Schools prefer three tiers, but their wishes have been overruled. A proposal for a more modern school building with improved facilities and additional playing pitches is, however, very welcome." Reflecting residents' concerns about the proposal, the council members pointed out potential problems with parking access on Middle Drive, where the new entrance to the school would be. They also discussed potential flood risk, light pollution and a reduction in the size of the playing field.

However, in a supporting statement, developers Howarth Litchfield said vehicle access would be located on Middle Drive, 38 metres from Linden Way, forming a staggered junction. They said the scheme proposed 87 parking spaces, seven of which would be accessible parking bays. They continued: "The proposal will be of a modern, high quality design in line with the government's presumption in favour of sustainable development. The proposed school will utilise the existing site located in a residential neighbourhood and will encourage sustainable modes of transport and incorporate innovative design features such as a green wall and other sustainable features."

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Fears raised for future of Ponteland fire station

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Fears raised for future of Ponteland fire station
15 February 2017



NORTHUMBERLAND County Council has confirmed that a move could be on the cards for Ponteland fire station, but rejected claims that the station could be closed.

At a meeting of Ponteland Town Council last week, county councillor Peter Jackson, who represents Ponteland South with Heddon, raised concerns about the future of the town’s fire station.

He said: “We were all told that the fire station was going to stay where it is, but the latest plans for the schools and leisure centre have got it level and as a playing field. There are no plans in place for replacing it and it looks like a closure by stealth. If they are going to close Ponteland where are they going to close next? This is a county-wide issue, not just a Ponteland issue.”

Ponteland’s new secondary school and leisure centre development has been allocated £47m as part of the county council’s capital programme plan over the next three years. .

A Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said: “There are no plans to remove the fire station provision from Ponteland. However, the current site may be required for the new schools and leisure development so we are looking for a suitable interim option before a permanent solution and location are identified.”

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Former HSBC Bank - 19 Main Street, Ponteland

17/00451/CLPROP | Certificate of Lawful Development - Proposed Use for change of use from HSBC Bank (A2) into a coffee shop (A3) | HSBC 19 Main Street Ponteland Newcastle Upon Tyne Northumberland NE20 9NL
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Flats on Pont library site approved

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Flats on Pont library site approved
Ben O’Connell 2 March 2017



Plans to build 25 apartments in two blocks on the library site in Ponteland have been given the go-ahead despite objections from residents and the town council.

The house-building arm of Arch, Ascent Homes’, scheme for two three-storey blocks of flats linked by glazed bridges on the Thornhill Road site, was unanimously approved by the county council’s planning committee on Tuesday. Key concerns raised at the meeting were the impact on the residential amenity and privacy of those living in nearby Henderson Court, an assisted-living complex, and car parking in an area of town already plagued by problems.

Sarah Robinson, speaking on behalf of her parents, who live in Henderson Court, said that the new development would have a major impact on the quality of life of residents there and the impact on privacy ‘will rob them of their dignity’. On a wider scale, she said that one car-parking space per flat was not sufficient, given the existing parking problems in that area.

This point was supported by Christine Caisley, of Ponteland Town Council, who added: “This would be far better as a community facility, but I know it makes more money as housing.” Members heard that the distances to Henderson Court were between 26 and 28 metres, while one space per dwelling met the current guidelines.

Karen Reed, a planning consultant speaking on behalf of Ascent Homes, said: “The scale and massing has been reduced significantly in response to the concerns of residents of Henderson Court. The distance is sufficient to retain residential amenity.”

After the approval, it was reported that there are unrelated plans in the offing to build a 40-space car park on Merton Way.

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Controversial plans for Ponteland Garden Village set to be given the go ahead

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Controversial plans for Ponteland Garden Village set to be given the go ahead
By Michael Muncaster 10 March 2017



Controversial plans to build 2,000 new homes in the Northumberland countryside are set to be green-lighted.

Newcastle firm Lugano wants to build a “garden village” and other facilities on the Dissington Estate, north of Darras Hall, in Ponteland. The developer says the project could create around 500 affordable houses, support the Ponteland Relief Road scheme and enhance the town’s infrastructure.

But the plans face strenuous opposition from community groups and councillors who claim that the village cannot cope with the massive increase in population the new homes would bring.

Now, Northumberland County Council’s planners have recommended the development for approval. The plans will go before the council’s strategic planning committee at County Hall on Wednesday.

Councillor Peter Jackson, leader of the Conservative opposition, said: “This huge development will have an enormous impact on Ponteland and the surrounding area. The plans do not warrant the destruction of green belt land and it is quite obvious that Northumberland doesn’t need another 2,000 homes. The council should reject this application straight away.”

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New schools and leisure centre approved for Ponteland

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New schools and leisure centre approved for Ponteland
15 Mar 2017



Brand new schools and a leisure centre are set to be built on the site of the current Ponteland Leisure Centre after being given the green light by planners.

The council’s strategic planning committee was minded to approve plans to build a new leisure centre, library and primary and secondary school - part of a £57million investment by the council in education and leisure for Ponteland.
Outline planning permission was also minded to be approved for an exemplar Garden Village on land north and west of Darras Hall, and for 400 new homes on land west of Cheviot View.

The proposed Garden Village, on land owned by The Dissington Estate, has been the subject of an ‘expression of interest’ to central government supported by the council. The application for outline permission is for up to 2,000 homes with associated local services, facilities and infrastructure provision. While physically separate from Ponteland, the proposed development will also deliver ‘significant benefits’ to the town including more than 500 affordable homes and contributions to a number of other improvements and facilities for the area. While not part of the current application it is envisaged that the development would also facilitate a Ponteland Relief Road and enhanced community transport and infrastructure As part of its planning permission the housing scheme by Banks Property near Cheviot View is set to make financial contributions to construction of the new schools and leisure centre; affordable housing in the area; town centre junctions on the A696 and improvements in the drainage system.

Welcoming the strategic planning committees decisions Cllr Grant Davey, leader of council, said that they would have long-term benefits for the Ponteland area, and the county as a whole. He said: “The investment in schools and leisure is part of a wider reorganisation of schools in the Ponteland Partnership - with an application also being considered for a new Darras Hall Primary School and further proposed investment to extend the age ranges of other first schools in the partnership We want every child in Northumberland to have the best possible educational opportunities in the best possible learning environments, and this investment in schools in this partnership will do just that. The scheme will see state of the art facilities developed and new buildings constructed for a Ponteland Secondary School and Ponteland Primary school on a shared site, along with community leisure facilities.

“The Garden Village will significantly benefit the county, provide a much-needed economic boost to the region and delivering hundreds of affordable homes. We fully understand people’s concerns about the Green Belt, but we must stress that through the core strategy we are protecting more than 99% of Green Belt in Northumberland, and only suggesting that it should be used in exceptional circumstances such as these. As a council we are committed to ensuring a vibrant and viable county for the future - bringing thousands of new jobs - and with them the need for new houses of all types, and local services to support our residents. The North East England Chamber of Commerce believes high quality housing is a vital element in ensuring the region’s businesses are able to attract and retain the skilled workforces they need to succeed. Their members have called for more houses of all sizes to be built the region, as a mix of housing is needed to support local facilities and promote the region to those just embarking on their careers, as well as those who are more established. The government is encouraging councils to think differently in these difficult economic times and future generations of local families will have access to good quality housing, schools and leisure facilities as a result of these decisions today.”

The planning applications will now be referred to the National Planning Casework Unit which will either confirm the council’s decisions, or pass them to the Secretary of State to make a decision.

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Proposals to combat Ponteland flood threat

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Proposals to combat Ponteland flood threat
21 March 2017


The River Pont burst its banks last January.

THE Environment Agency is exploring options to reduce the risk of flooding in Ponteland.

Northumberland County Council and Northumbrian Water are both working closely with the agency to review the existing defences – a series of flood embankments and flood walls along the river Pont – and assess other options for the town. They will be looking at the viability of an integrated flood defence scheme which will consider flooding from rivers, the sewer network and surface water.

The Environment Agency worked with Northumberland County Council to advise on the planning application for a dam as part of the Dissington Garden Village proposals by developers Lugano, which received outline planning permission last week.

The Environment Agency will now investigate the potential benefits of incorporating the proposed dam into the current system of flood defences in Ponteland. Environment Agency flood risk manager for the North- East, Leila Huntington, said: “By working with partners, we can look to minimise flood risk in Ponteland in the most effective way possible. These investigations are in the very early stages.”

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Preferred bidder announced for new schools and leisure centre in Ponteland

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Preferred bidder announced for new schools and leisure centre in Ponteland
22 Mar 2017



Northumberland County Council (NCC) has announced Willmott Dixon as the preferred bidder for the landmark project to create a combined schools and leisure campus in Ponteland.

The development will see the existing Ponteland leisure centre demolished and replaced with a much improved leisure centre and a state of the art secondary school and primary school. Other schools across the partnership will also benefit from significant investment in their buildings as part of the £57million plans.

At a meeting today Willmott Dixon unveiled an innovative model to showcase the layout of the site and provide an impression of how it will look. The development will consist of state of the art facilities included within two brand new school buildings and a fantastic new leisure facility to include; swimming pool, fitness suite, badminton courts, outdoor sports fields, 2 full size 3G pitches and a library.

Steven Mason, Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council said, “The investment into the schools and leisure facilities will provide a fresh and modern learning space for pupils, providing an excellent learning environment and helping to deliver the best possible education for children across Northumberland.”

Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the north said, “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract for Northumberland County Council. We have developed a proposal based on the needs of the community and providing a range of facilities which will not only benefit the pupils from the schools but also local people for years to come.”

The proposals were minded to be approved by the County Council’s strategic planning committee earlier this month. Subject to government approval, work could start on the site in July 2017 with the new schools and leisure buildings operational by September 2019.

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Darras Hall County First School, Broadway, Darras Hall

16/04291/CCD | Demolition of existing school buildings and construction of a two storey new primary school with supporting accommodation and modular classroom (amended description 17.02.2017). Up-dated Noise Survey received 26th January 2017. Bat Mitigation Statement received 9th February 2017. Response to Sport England Objection and Amended plans received showing omission of 3G floodlit pitch 17th February 2017. | Darras Hall County First School Broadway Darras Hall Ponteland Newcastle Upon Tyne Northumberland NE20 9PP
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Proposal Demolition of existing school buildings and construction of a two storey new primary school with supporting accommodation and modular classroom (amended description 17.02.2017). Up-dated Noise Survey received 26th January 2017. Bat Mitigation Statement received 9th February 2017. Response to Sport England Objection and Amended plans received showing omission of 3G floodlit pitch 17th February 2017.
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Old April 13th, 2017, 01:24 PM   #118
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Field East Of The Nursery, Medburn

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Concerns at 50 homes for small settlement
Ben O’Connell 16 July 2016


The site of the proposed homes at Medburn is to the north-east (behind) Greenrigg and the plans include the demolition of the existing bungalow.

Plans for 50 executive houses in a hamlet of around 100 homes have been given the go-ahead despite a series of concerns.

At a recent meeting of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee, members approved an application for four, five and six-bedroom properties on land north-east of Green Rigg, in Medburn, near Ponteland. The scheme, by Miller Homes, is essentially a combination of two approved outline planning permissions, one for 18 homes and another for 15. Both of these approvals were granted subject to off-site affordable housing contributions of £350,000 and £267,000 respectively.

In its response, Ponteland Town Council stated: ‘We are very disappointed and perturbed that the housing numbers proposed in the previous outline permissions have been greatly increased; by 50 per cent.’ It added: ‘Medburn is a small settlement without any services, only a limited bus service and poor paths for cyclists and pedestrians. ‘The construction of 50 more dwellings in addition to the recently-approved construction of at least 23 new dwellings would have an overwhelming and adverse impact on this small settlement and the C345, which is a narrow country lane and the only access road.’

The council’s planning department previously had similar views about the sustainability of Medburn as a location for housing, but the authority lost two appeals against refused developments submitted in 2011 and 2012.

Mark Ketley, the senior development and delivery manager, replied that it was fair to say that the council had been ‘scarred’ by previous appeal decisions, but that the inspector’s view was that Medburn’s proximity to Ponteland made it sustainable.

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17/01149/FUL | Proposed detailed planning application for 62 dwellings including associated access, infrastructure and open space | Field East Of The Nursery Medburn Northumberland
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Address Field East Of The Nursery Medburn Northumberland
Proposal Proposed detailed planning application for 62 dwellings including associated access, infrastructure and open space
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Yolo in Ponteland is expanded after owners invest in mezzanine makeover

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Cocktail bar expansion stirs up opposition
21 November 2016



YOLO, on Bell Villas in the town centre, has submitted a planning application for a two-storey extension to the left of the building. The opening hours were recently extended to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

But concerns have been raised about parking issues and noise levels if the expansion goes ahead.

Ponteland Town Council last week discussed concerns that the plan would mean extra people and extra cars, causing a disturbance to residents. In an objection submitted last month, the town council said: “Obstruction difficulties are also caused when deliveries are made. These activities, close to traffic lights, interrupt the free flow of traffic and are prejudicial to road safety. This will be exacerbated even further if the application to extend and to increase capacity is granted.”

Leona Anderson, who lives behind Bell Villas, also submitted an objection which read: “I would like to address the issue of noise which, while already present, would become intolerable with the planned expansion. In the same vein, during closing hours, patrons exiting and congregating in this area while awaiting transport causes significant disruption.”

Northumberland County Council is still considering the application.

16/03163/FUL | Proposed extension at ground and first floor level of existing bar and restaurant Yolo, to include new intersecting roof gable to existing gable and living wall facade to face of proposed elevation. | 9 Bell Villas Ponteland NE20 9BD
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Address 9 Bell Villas Ponteland NE20 9BD
Proposal Proposed extension at ground and first floor level of existing bar and restaurant Yolo, to include new intersecting roof gable to existing gable and living wall facade to face of proposed elevation.
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Interesting to note that the above planning application was refused back in November 2016:

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Yolo in Ponteland is expanded after owners invest in mezzanine makeover
Coreena Ford 18 April 2017



North East leisure operator Danieli Holdings has invested £80,000 into its popular yolo bar in Ponteland as it prepares to bring the brand to Newcastle city centre.

The firm, which is also spearheading a drive to bring Hadrian’s Tipi back to the central station area, is pumping funds into expanding the venue following high demand for private parties and functions. The work includes extending the mezzanine level which will also get its own bar, taking the floor’s capacity up to 50.

Meanwhile downstairs, the main bar has been extended with a section for draft and bottle service only to speed up customer flow and reduce queuing during busy periods on weekends and Bank Holidays. There are also more VIP booths for hire, the interior has been tweaked and a pizza oven has been installed in the kitchen.

As part of the changes, the outdoor terrace has secured a later license, hosting guests all day until 10.30pm. Meanwhile downstairs, the main bar has been extended with a section for draft and bottle service only to speed up customer flow and reduce queuing during busy periods on weekends and Bank Holidays. There are also more VIP booths for hire, the interior has been tweaked and a pizza oven has been installed in the kitchen. As part of the changes, the outdoor terrace has secured a later license, hosting guests all day until 10.30pm.

Danieli Holdings chief executive Neill Winch said: “We have been overwhelmed by the success of yolo Ponteland and to meet demand have invested a significant sum to build on the private hire and functions arm of the business, as well as further enhancements aimed to make customers’ dining and drinking experiences even more enjoyable. There is more to choose from than ever before on our food and drinks menus, including sharing options and cocktail experiences for group bookings. Following the relaunch of our Ponteland venue, we are gearing up for the grand unveiling of its sister site in Newcastle city centre and can’t wait for the big reveal.”

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Campaigners call for public inquiry into plans for multi-million pound Ponteland developments

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Campaigners call for public inquiry into plans for multi-million pound Ponteland developments
By Michael Muncaster 19 March 2017


Artists' impression of Ponteland Garden Village (Photo: cian PR)

Campaigners are calling for a public inquiry into multi-million pound plans for thousands of new homes, a school and a leisure centre.

Hundreds of protesters backed calls for the 2,000 home Dissington Garden Village in Ponteland, Northumberland, to be rejected by council chiefs. They also opposed plans for 400 homes at West Clickemin Farm and a new leisure centre and primary and secondary school in the village. But their pleas fell on deaf ears and Northumberland County Council minded to approve the developments in March. Now, the Ponteland Green Belt Group has launched a petition calling for the Government to step in.

The group’s chairman Tony Noble said: “We are not against development but there are already 650 homes which have been approved to be built. Building thousands on top of that is not healthy for the village and it can’t take the 70% population increase. We want the secretary of state to call in all the controversial plans because they were approved despite significant objections.”

Council bosses hit back saying the plans were approved in an “open and transparent manner by a committee of cross party councillors”. A council spokesman said: “We appreciate these proposals generated a lot of discussion. Determining a planning application is a formal administrative process involving strict rules of procedure. All views and comments made in response to the planning applications were taken into account by the strategic planning committee.”

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