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Old August 19th, 2010, 11:10 AM   #1
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A new day dawns as Ponteland market shifts tack
August 19th 2010, The Journal


CHANGES are being made to a second Northumberland market, to attract traders and protect its future.

A specialist farmers’ market has been held in Ponteland since 2000 to allow local producers to sell food and goods direct to the public.

Now the event is being switched from its traditional Saturday trading day to a Friday and turned into a general retail market, in an attempt to broaden its appeal and bring in more stalls.

The moves comes just weeks after it was announced that plans have been drawn up to relocate Ashington’s weekly market to the town’s pedestrianised Station Road shopping centre – and bring in new stalls, more traders and better quality goods.

The revamped Ponteland market will be held on the fourth Friday of each month, from 8.30am to 4.30pm, starting on Friday August 27. Although branching out, it will continue to offer shoppers the traditional farmers’ fare.

Ian Lindley, county council executive member responsible for markets, said: “Markets provide a boost to trade in town and village centres and we are keen to make sure that they are a success.


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A new day dawns as Ponteland market shifts tack
August 19th 2010, The Journal

CHANGES are being made to a second Northumberland market, to attract traders and protect its future.

A specialist farmers’ market has been held in Ponteland since 2000 to allow local producers to sell food and goods direct to the public.

Now the event is being switched from its traditional Saturday trading day to a Friday and turned into a general retail market, in an attempt to broaden its appeal and bring in more stalls.

The moves comes just weeks after it was announced that plans have been drawn up to relocate Ashington’s weekly market to the town’s pedestrianised Station Road shopping centre – and bring in new stalls, more traders and better quality goods.

The revamped Ponteland market will be held on the fourth Friday of each month, from 8.30am to 4.30pm, starting on Friday August 27. Although branching out, it will continue to offer shoppers the traditional farmers’ fare.

Ian Lindley, county council executive member responsible for markets, said: “Markets provide a boost to trade in town and village centres and we are keen to make sure that they are a success.


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Ponteland market revamp proves a fair trade
August 28th 2010, by David Black, The Journal



SHOPPERS turned out in force yesterday for the launch of a revamped Northumberland market which has been expanded and given a new home in a bid to boost trade.

Ponteland’s traditional farmers’ market – which was held in the Memorial Hall for the past 10 years – has been turned into a general outdoor retail market and moved to the town’s main shopping centre in Merton Way.

Yesterday saw the first day of trading at the new venue, which has been chosen in a bid to attract more stalls and safeguard the event’s future.

About 15 stalls were trading goods ranging from clothes to jewellery, cakes, fish and farm produce.

It was voted a success by stallholder Gillian Robson, who was selling the home-baked savoury pies which she makes at Gubeon Range near Morpeth.

She said: “It has been very busy, there have been no real gaps in the day and we have had all sorts of people, from elderly customers to teenagers. We used to attend the farmers’ market in the Memorial Hall regularly but then stopped because of staff problems. They decided to turn it into a general market and move to the shopping centre so we decided to come along.

“We bake all of our stuff fresh on the day and we have done even better than we anticipated today.

“The general feedback from customers is they are pleased we are here and pleased that people are about. I don’t know what the local shops think but people will have been spending in them too so I would have thought it is a win-win situation for everyone.”


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Objectors resigned to defeat on care home plans
December 10th 2010, by David Black, The Journal


PLANS to demolish and redevelop a 26-year-old Northumberland care complex for disabled people look set to be given the green light next week despite local objections.

There are currently 46 people living at the Ponteland Cottage and Rural Enterprise (CARE) Village, which was developed in the early 1980s for children with learning disabilities.

Many of the original residents still live there, but most are facing the prospect of having to move out under the redevelopment proposals.

It is planned to bulldoze the existing accommodation and build 54 private homes on the site, which is next to the Northumbria Police headquarters on North Road, Ponteland.

Self Unlimited, the operating name for the CARE charity which runs the facility, is also planning to build a new 10-place dementia unit which will allow residents with more severe learning disabilities to stay on site.

The plans have been opposed by Ponteland Town Council, the local civic society and a number of residents. They have cited concerns about the future care of the 46 residents of the complex and the potential impact of the new homes on the already-congested local roads.


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Guy Opperman attacks boundary change proposals
by Paul Tully, The Journal, September 22nd 2011


A NORTHUMBERLAND MP has branded proposed constituency boundary changes “nonsense” – and called on the public to join him in the fight against them.

Hexham MP Guy Opperman says he will do all he can to block plans to reposition parts of his widespread constituency into three different seats.

Under the Boundary Commission proposals, Ponteland East would be integrated into the Berwick upon Tweed constituency and South Tynedale and Haltwhistle would become part of the new Consett and Barnard Castle constituency.

Mr Opperman said: “It would be a terrible idea to divide the town of Ponteland and lump Haltwhistle and South Tynedale into a constituency which runs to the Yorkshire border.

“There seems to be little rationale in splitting the town of Ponteland.


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Community leaders' anger at Ponteland regeneration delays
by David Black, The Journal, November 9th 2011


ANY further delay in progressing a £20m town centre regeneration scheme – which was first unveiled more than five years ago – has been branded “totally unacceptable” by local community leaders.

Frustrated town councillors in Ponteland say the “deplorable situation” of long delays on the project must not be allowed to continue, and have written an official letter to county council bosses demanding that things should be speeded up.

The scheme – which was first made public in 2006 following a £40,000 independent study by consultants – aims to revitalise the town’s ageing Merton Way shopping centre and improve local community facilities.

The scheme included demolishing the existing shops and replacing them with at least 20 modern retail units, including cafes and restaurants, with flats above them. It also envisaged the creation of a new “community hub” housing a relocated library and community centre, new housing, improved car parking, green open spaces and a water feature.


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Old January 30th, 2012, 10:19 AM   #6
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Objectors facing fourth attempt to win planning permission for bar/bistro at former Ponteland Co-op building.
by David Black, The Journal, January 30th 2012


FAMILIES locked in a battle against plans for a new bar and bistro in their neighbourhood are preparing to fight a fourth bid to win approval for the controversial venture.

The proposal to convert the former Co-op store and off-licence at Bell Villas in Ponteland into a 96-customer licensed eaterie has already been rejected twice by councillors – and once by a Government planning inspector.

Now developer Jonathon Stokes has submitted a second appeal to the Planning Inspectorate after his application was turned down for a second time in less than a year by Northumberland County Council.

The saga began a year ago when the council’s planning committee first refused permission for the bar-bistro following objections from 26 local people.

Opponents claimed Ponteland already has more than enough pubs and licensed premises – and approving another would only add to problems of noise, anti-social behaviour, late-night disturbance and traffic.


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Old January 30th, 2012, 01:06 PM   #7
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Ah the Nimbys of Ponteland are alive and well I see. They would take a derelict building over a restaurant any day of the week (see the former Barclays).
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Old January 30th, 2012, 02:30 PM   #8
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Objectors facing fourth attempt to win planning permission for bar/bistro at former Ponteland Co-op building.
by David Black, The Journal, January 30th 2012


FAMILIES locked in a battle against plans for a new bar and bistro in their neighbourhood are preparing to fight a fourth bid to win approval for the controversial venture.

The proposal to convert the former Co-op store and off-licence at Bell Villas in Ponteland into a 96-customer licensed eaterie has already been rejected twice by councillors – and once by a Government planning inspector.

Now developer Jonathon Stokes has submitted a second appeal to the Planning Inspectorate after his application was turned down for a second time in less than a year by Northumberland County Council.

The saga began a year ago when the council’s planning committee first refused permission for the bar-bistro following objections from 26 local people.

Opponents claimed Ponteland already has more than enough pubs and licensed premises – and approving another would only add to problems of noise, anti-social behaviour, late-night disturbance and traffic.


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Aye I have heard the Ponteland bistro crowd get pretty rowdy. Last time I was at Fratelli's it ended up on the street. Someone was glassed with Waterford Crystal then a couple of people started scratching Range Rovers up with some silver serrated grapefruit spoons (weapon of choice amongst the Darras Hall MASSSIIIIIIIIIVE!!!!).
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Old January 30th, 2012, 03:20 PM   #9
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Aye I have heard the Ponteland bistro crowd get pretty rowdy. Last time I was at Fratelli's it ended up on the street. Someone was glassed with Waterford Crystal then a couple of people started scratching Range Rovers up with some silver serrated grapefruit spoons (weapon of choice amongst the Darras Hall MASSSIIIIIIIIIVE!!!!).
Toonlad - you owe me a new keyboard! its covered in coffee. Funny but oh so true.

When they say the former Coop store do they mean the one on mainstreet which was an offy? It was a Coop back in the 1970s.

Can't see what the problem is there. If they were planning on opening up an amusement arcade, or a bottom of the market pub then fair enough.

I think Pont's problem is that like Tynemouth it is a village - with the same sort of attitude of being set apart and a bit better.

But unlike Tynemouth, Ponteland is surrounded by greenbelt which when it comes to developemnt is negotiable. Right or wrong, the place has room to expand. It was the same when I was a kid in the 70s there. Big opposition to the Eland Edge development - and I can understnad why when views are going to be spoilt by houses etc. However, Ponteland is not a rural idyll (sp?) it is a living, expanding dormatory and wannabe small town, on the edge of a big city, near an international airport etc. What you see is evolution.

I guess they wish they were Tynemouth. Geographically the place can not expand, the North Sea, River Tyne Shields and Cullercoats see to that. So you get a town that calls its self a village, that can only develop and grow in a limited way. its a good thing or a bad thing depending on your view. One thing is for certain, bars in Tynemouth get permission, but new housing scheme's don't....They can't there is very limited opportunity for new buidling.

Living in Tynemouth and having lived in Pont, I love the way these places with so much in common tackle that age old problem of change.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 10:19 AM   #10
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Ponteland house building plans could
jeopardise Red Squirrels return

by Paul Tully, The Journal, April 27th 2012


HOPES FOR the revival of a red squirrel colony in South Northumberland could be hit by plans to build luxury housing, it is claimed. A site in Ponteland inhabited by squirrels – and where there has been a new sighting within the last week – is earmarked for a small development.

A decision has still to be made over the plan for five homes on the exclusive Runnymede Road at Darras Hall. Councillors will visit the site early next month to assess the impact of proposals for new houses and the demolition of Meadow Court House on Fox Covert Lane, but Sally Hardy, chair of Ponteland Red Squirrels, says removing part of the tree corridor could deter the animals at a time when every effort is being made to attract them back following last year’s pox virus crisis, which decimated the colony.

“It is right smack bang in the middle of an area that did have a tree preservation order,” said Mrs Hardy, but the council don’t seem to care about things like tree preservation orders. We have just recently had another sighting of red squirrels there. We don’t want this to go ahead because there are a couple of rows of trees in a nice area. When the red squirrels were more prevalent, they were used as a corridor. But one red was sighted at Fox Covert Lane just recently, and we hope they are going to start coming back to that area.”

“The building plans include a new access from Runnymede Road for four of the five houses, with the existing road accessing the other.


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Ponteland homes development plans to be unveiled
by David Black, The Journal, May 17th 2012


MULTI-million-pound development plans which could see more than 1,000 new homes added to one of the region’s most affluent communities are set to be unveiled to local people soon. Land on the edge of Ponteland and Darras Hall has been earmarked by two separate developers for projects which would potentially transform the 11,000- population community.

The project could also mean major new investment in its services and infrastructure. Government moves to release the shackles on development in the countryside are being seen as one of the main reasons why green fields surrounding the sought-after commuter town are now being targeted.

Banks Property – part of the North East-based Banks Group – is working on plans to build about 500 new homes at Clickemin Farm, to the south-east. The company says initial proposals will be made public this summer, and claims the scheme could result in improvements to Ponteland’s sporting and leisure facilities.

At the same time, planning experts are working on behalf of the Newcastle-based Lugano Property Group, which is interested in brokering major new housing development and a wider master plan for the future of the town. It is looking at investing in sites which are said to have the potential for up to 1,000 new homes in and around Ponteland and Darras Hall, depending on the local appetite and support for new building. Consultants will hold a public engagement event next month to get early ideas on how local people see the future of the town. This will be used to help frame detailed development proposals for housing, shopping, business and leisure.


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by David Black, The Journal, May 17th 2012


MULTI-million-pound development plans which could see more than 1,000 new homes added to one of the region’s most affluent communities are set to be unveiled to local people soon. Land on the edge of Ponteland and Darras Hall has been earmarked by two separate developers for projects which would potentially transform the 11,000- population community.

The project could also mean major new investment in its services and infrastructure. Government moves to release the shackles on development in the countryside are being seen as one of the main reasons why green fields surrounding the sought-after commuter town are now being targeted.

Banks Property – part of the North East-based Banks Group – is working on plans to build about 500 new homes at Clickemin Farm, to the south-east. The company says initial proposals will be made public this summer, and claims the scheme could result in improvements to Ponteland’s sporting and leisure facilities.

At the same time, planning experts are working on behalf of the Newcastle-based Lugano Property Group, which is interested in brokering major new housing development and a wider master plan for the future of the town. It is looking at investing in sites which are said to have the potential for up to 1,000 new homes in and around Ponteland and Darras Hall.


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The NIMBY's will love this!!!!!!!!!!
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Good luck to them getting passed the blue rinse brigade in Pont! The only place a restaurant trying to open can have the locals up in arms!
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Objecting to developments in your own area is perfectly logical.

If you can't object to things in your own locality when can you?

Traffic is certainly a problem in the area - how many cars per property up there?

Ponteland could maybe do with a by-pass and the creation of a proper village centre.
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Objecting to developments in your own area is perfectly logical.

If you can't object to things in your own locality when can you?

Traffic is certainly a problem in the area - how many cars per property up there?

Ponteland could maybe do with a by-pass and the creation of a proper village centre.
With a population increase then maybe a extension of the metro from the airport may be feasible.. It would certainly solve some of the traffic problems but of course the NIMBYS would love that..
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MP opposes Ponteland Green Belt development
by Paul Tully, The Journal, May 19th 2012


A NORTH MP has launched a critical attack on plans to build up to 1,000 homes on green belt land. Two developers are targeting land on the fringe of Ponteland and Darras Hall for new homes, but Hexham Conservative MP Guy Opperman says developers must observe declared Government policy before going ahead with green belt projects.

He is calling in Local Government Minister Andrew Stunell’s recent reference to national policy framework to back the case against Lugano Developments’ and Banks Property’s plans for Ponteland. Mr Stunell last month backed a call from Mr Opperman in the House of Commons for local authorities including Northumberland County Council to explore brownfield opportunities first.

Mr Stunell said: “I draw his and the council’s attention to the publication two weeks ago of the national planning policy framework. This sets out the importance of making sure that all such plans are founded on the principles of sustainable development. The Government would want to encourage every local authority to focus on land of the least environmental quality and that, of course, includes brownfield sites.”


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Ponteland affordable housing gets a
£154,000 boost from developer

by David Black, The Journal, June 14th 2012


EFFORTS to provide more affordable homes for people in an upmarket North East community have been given a financial boost by a company behind potentially major development plans. The Newcastle-based Lugano Property Group is giving £154,000 to Northumberland County Council to be used in a bid to make more affordable housing available in Ponteland. The donation comes as a result of the council recently giving Lugano planning permission to build five high-quality houses in Runnymede Road, Darras Hall.

The company says the money is also a demonstration of its commitment to the future needs of Ponteland and Darras Hall – where it is one of two developers involved in discussions which could see more than 1,000 homes built. Lugano is acting on behalf of potential investors interested in a number of sites.

At the same time, North East firm Banks Property is working on plans to build 500 houses at Clickemin Farm, south east of Ponteland. Last week, Banks said its scheme would result in funding for significant community and environmental improvements, including a major upgrade of sports and leisure facilities.


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Ponteland and Darras Hall new homes
'Ideas Day' sparks a hostile reception

by David Black, The Journal, June 15th 2012


TOWNSPEOPLE whose sought-after community is being targeted by two separate development companies gave a hostile reception yesterday to the prospect of more than 1,000 new homes being built there. A number of local people staged a walk-out at a planning ideas day which was held to get feedback on the future development needs of Ponteland and Darras Hall. They left the event – which was organised by Newcastle-based developer Lugano Property Group – after making it clear they don’t support large-scale new housing on green belt land surrounding their community.

Others who attended the consultation day also voiced their opposition to any proposals which would add significant numbers of new homes to a town where the infrastructure is already said to be under pressure. Lugano organised the event to help draw up future proposals for the long-term needs and growth of Ponteland and Darras Hall. Its chairman – Tyneside businessman Barry Moat – owns the 2,500-acre Dissington Estate near Ponteland, and Lugano is also acting on behalf of other landowners interested in future housing development.

Lugano director Richard Robson admitted that some people had walked out yesterday morning, but said more than 200 others had stayed to take part in workshop sessions throughout the day. “It’s inevitable that when you are trying to start a dialogue like this there will be a small element who don’t want any change. There are clearly some concerns but there is also a significant wish by many people to be engaged in an open dialogue about what the future of Ponteland and Darras Hall should be.”

As well as the Lugano interest in the town, developer Banks Property is working on plans to build 500 houses at Clickemin Farm near Ponteland.


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'Ideas Day' sparks a hostile reception

by David Black, The Journal, June 15th 2012


TOWNSPEOPLE whose sought-after community is being targeted by two separate development companies gave a hostile reception yesterday to the prospect of more than 1,000 new homes being built there. A number of local people staged a walk-out at a planning ideas day which was held to get feedback on the future development needs of Ponteland and Darras Hall. They left the event – which was organised by Newcastle-based developer Lugano Property Group – after making it clear they don’t support large-scale new housing on green belt land surrounding their community.

Others who attended the consultation day also voiced their opposition to any proposals which would add significant numbers of new homes to a town where the infrastructure is already said to be under pressure. Lugano organised the event to help draw up future proposals for the long-term needs and growth of Ponteland and Darras Hall. Its chairman – Tyneside businessman Barry Moat – owns the 2,500-acre Dissington Estate near Ponteland, and Lugano is also acting on behalf of other landowners interested in future housing development.

Lugano director Richard Robson admitted that some people had walked out yesterday morning, but said more than 200 others had stayed to take part in workshop sessions throughout the day. “It’s inevitable that when you are trying to start a dialogue like this there will be a small element who don’t want any change. There are clearly some concerns but there is also a significant wish by many people to be engaged in an open dialogue about what the future of Ponteland and Darras Hall should be.”

As well as the Lugano interest in the town, developer Banks Property is working on plans to build 500 houses at Clickemin Farm near Ponteland.


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A walk out does not seem the best way to get any objections across !!!! this sounds like a pointless bit of public consultation as nobody really wanted to listen to the developers ideas and try and inform the scheme, as a veteran of many of these type of events some times it does seem that any professionals attending are treated like the spawn of Satan (apparently this was actually said to a former boss of mine) so I feel sorry for the people who are there to do their job and end up being abused by the locals.
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