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Old July 19th, 2012, 10:33 AM   #21
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Ponteland residents want village protected
from over-development

by David Black, The Journal, July 19th 2012


A PROPERTY COMPANY targeting an upmarket North East community has admitted that local people don’t want to see it radically changed by large-scale housing development. Claims have been made that Tyneside-based developer the Lugano Group wants to see more than 2,000 new houses built in the countryside surrounding Ponteland and Darras Hall – although the company has dismissed this as “speculation and rumour”.

Now – following a planning ideas day attended by 400 local residents last month – Lugano has conceded that townspeople are against major housing plans and keen to retain Ponteland’s green and rural character. The company says residents want Ponteland to keep its “village” size, and see green belt land surrounding it protected.

Lugano – whose chairman is Tyneside businessman Barry Moat – owns 2,500 acres on the nearby Dissington Estate, and is also acting for other landowners interested in developing their holdings in and around Ponteland and Darras Hall. Now it has released the details of public feedback from the event it held in Ponteland Memorial Hall last month, which sought to establish what local residents’ priorities are for future development.


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Old July 20th, 2012, 11:17 PM   #22
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Dear me, its tye 1970s all over again!

The Eland Edge development went to a public inquiry back then.

Back then the sitting MP backed the development, as did another well known local.

If I were sure all the players from that time were dead, I could tell a story there.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 10:32 AM   #23
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Over 1,000 people sign Ponteland green belt petition
by David Black, The Journal, August 1st 2012


MORE than 1,000 local people have signed up to an MP’s campaign to protect the countryside around an up-market North East community from the threat of large-scale housing development. Guy Opperman launched a petition last month amid growing concerns that two separate developers could be planning to build more than 2,000 new homes in the green belt surrounding Ponteland and Darras Hall.

Yesterday the Hexham Conservative MP said he was “delighted and overwhelmed” by the support shown by local residents for his efforts to avoid green fields being concreted over. Mr Opperman originally launched his campaign after Newcastle City Council revealed plans to build on green belt near Ponteland, and the petition came in response to interest in the town from developers Newcastle-based Lugano Property Group and Banks Property.

Lugano – which owns 2,500 acres on the nearby Dissington Estate – is also acting for other landowners in and around Ponteland/Darras Hall, while Banks has unveiled plans to build 500 houses at Clickemin Farm.

Yesterday Mr Opperman said the petition already has more than 1,000 signatures. “I said it last time our area came under threat and I will keep saying it, building in the green belt is wrong,” he said. “I take exception to these big developers looking to make a few quid from their cash crop housing estates, which threaten the very nature of Ponteland and Darras Hall.


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Ponteland residents lose long-running battle against bar/bistro
by David Black, The Journal, August 10th 2012


FAMILIES have finally had to accept defeat following a long-running battle to block plans to convert an empty store in their Northumberland town into a bar and bistro. Two separate bids to develop the 96-customer licensed restaurant in Bell Villas, Ponteland, generated almost 30 letters of objection and two petitions signed by 170 people.

The application was turned down twice in the space of a year by county councillors, and once by a Government planning inspector, now a different inspector has approved the conversion of the former Co-op store and off-licence following a second appeal by applicant Jonathan Stokes.

Inspector David Cullingford has disappointed local objectors by ruling that the bar and bistro will not unacceptably worsen existing parking problems in the area or significantly damage the living conditions and amenities of nearby residents.

Opponents of the scheme had also claimed Ponteland already has more than enough pubs and licensed premises, and approving another would add to problems of late-night disturbance and traffic.


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Old September 7th, 2012, 11:08 AM   #25
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Plans for 300 new Darras Hall homes
on green belt land unveiled

by David Black, The Journal, September 7th 2012


GREEN belt guardians voiced their strong opposition yesterday as a property company unveiled plans to build hundreds of new homes in countryside surrounding an upmarket North East community. Almost three months after beginning a consultation process with people in Ponteland, the Tyneside-based Lugano Group revealed proposals for between 250 and 300 houses at Birney Hill, a green belt location south of the exclusive Darras Hall estate.

The company – which held a public exhibition of its initial development proposals yesterday – owns the 2,500-acre Dissington Estate next to Ponteland. That has prompted fears it will eventually come forward with plans for thousands more new homes on green belt land surrounding the community. Yesterday members of the Ponteland Green Belt Group handed out leaflets and spoke out against large-scale development in the countryside at the exhibition in the town’s Memorial Hall.

The Lugano Group’s initial proposals, together with the 500 homes planned by the Banks Group at Clickemin Farm, mean Ponteland and Darras Hall is facing pressure for at least 800 new dwellings. Yesterday Lugano described its Birney Hill scheme as a low-density, high-quality development, which will complement the village character of Ponteland and be “like Darras Hall but separate from it.”


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Yesterday Lugano described its Birney Hill scheme as a low-density, high-quality development, which will complement the village character of Ponteland and be “like Darras Hall but separate from it.”
Lugano won't object to being required to sell the properties for not less than Darras Hall prices then. Require this as a condition of planning permission - will ensure that the development is in the same character as the existing one, no ?
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Old September 17th, 2012, 02:01 PM   #27
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Ponteland town planning chief blasts Medburn homes plans
by Paul Tully, The Journal, September 17th 2012


A TOWN planning chief says a proposed executive housing scheme being recommended for the green light "blatantly flies in the face of the rules". The proposal for 14 executive homes at Medburn, near Ponteland, is facing major opposition ahead of Northumberland County Council’s decision-making meeting this week.

Three years ago an application to build three houses on the site next to The Nursery was turned down – and refused again on appeal. Ponteland Town Council planning committee chair David Butler said: “It is staggering that this application is being recommended for acceptance. It is bizarre – it blows my mind. My colleagues on the committee all feel like me – this is a big development which is blatantly wrong."

“It breaks all the rules in the book, in that it is greenfield development in an area of Medburn where only brownfield development is permitted. And it is not sustainable, as there is no shop or church or pub or pedestrian links in Medburn. The (county) council’s own planning officers’ report admit this – yet it is being recommended for permission. I cannot believe it.”

The town council planning committee act only as consultees to the County Council, who make planning decisions.


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Old September 17th, 2012, 02:17 PM   #28
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I read there going to some 5 new house in darras hall by Lugano Group, at the end of Runnymede Road, there was a lot of supporters from residents of Runnymede Road

"1.1 This application is being recommended for approval contrary to the views of
Ponteland Town Council and six objectors. "


http://committees.northumberland.gov...s/att12100.pdf

anyone know when contruction starts?
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Old February 15th, 2013, 10:42 AM   #29
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Developer's £16m benefit promise
to build on Ponteland green belt.

by David Black, The Journal, February 15th 2013


Meeting at Ponteland Memorial Hall, showing future plans for the area

A DEVELOPER behind green belt development plans is promising local people a “unique” £16m package of benefits if the project goes ahead. Following months of consultations, the Lugano Group has submitted an outline planning application to Northumberland County Council to build 280 homes at Birney Hill, next to the exclusive Darras Hall estate. The scheme has already sparked strong opposition from Hexham MP Guy Opperman, local county councillors and campaigners fighting to protect the open countryside around Ponteland.

Yesterday, Lugano – which owns the 2,500-acre Dissington Estate at Ponteland – claimed the development would be one of the first of its kind in the UK, and deliver significant community benefits. The company proposes to gift about 97 acres of land to the Ponteland community, which would be managed by a trust owned and run by local people.

The trust would have access to a £3.5m pot to be spent on local projects, and a further £2m to help improve facilities at either the Merton Way or Broadway shopping centre. It would also be responsible for managing a community farm, improving local drainage and channel clearing on a 10-year contract, and managing commercial workspace to be built at Birney Hill. The trust would also own and control eight rented properties on the development, and own the land on which 54 low-cost houses for sale will be built. Trust members would play a key role in managing these 54 properties, which would be ring-fenced for sale to local people at a huge discount on market values.


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Developer meets deadline to submit new
Ponteland Town Centre revamp plan.

by David Black, The Journal, May 10th 2013


The Merton Way Shopping Centre in Ponteland which is going to be redeveloped

FEARS that a £20m town centre regeneration scheme is at risk of imminent collapse have receded after the developer met a new deadline on the project. Last month local community leaders expressed their “great dismay” after Northumberland County Council imposed the May 1 time limit for the submission of a viable business plan for the long-awaited revamp of Ponteland’s Merton Way shopping centre.

Ponteland Town Council and Community Partnership jointly accused County Hall bosses of ignoring the original design brief by insisting on the omission of a relocated public library. The library is seen by developer MKP Partnership and local people as a key element of the overall regeneration project. Now MKP has met the county council’s deadline, by submitting a new business plan which leaves out the provision of a library.

Yesterday MKP director, businessman Sunil Mehra, said things had to change in the corridors of power at County Hall if the stalled project was to move forward and be successfully delivered. He said: “We complied with the county council’s deadline based on the limited information available, but still maintain that the library is an essential component for a successful scheme. This is the third time the council has received a business plan from MKP for this project."


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Developers Lugano turn financial screw on opponents
by Dan Warburton, The Journal, June 15th 2013



HOUSING developers are threatening legal action costing £19,000 a week against a residents’ committee. Tyneside-based Lugano has issued a warning to members of the Darras Hall Estate Committee following long delays to a five-property development on the estate’s Runnymede Road, one of the most expensive streets in the North. Company bosses – who are also locked in a battle with residents in nearby Ponteland over plans for a £96m housing project on green belt land – are claiming liabilities of £19,000-a-week over a delay to the development.

The scheme received conditional outline planning permission Northumberland County Council last May, after the authority received 20 letters of support and six letters of objection, but the Darras Hall committee, which has 11 members and was formed in 1910, is using the unique powers it has under local bye-laws to stall the development, including a covenant saying that no development can be placed on “paddock land”.

Lugano – which refused to comment on the threat of legal action when approached by The Journal – has made a number of alterations to the plans to try and get agreement on the plans, but directors have now grown tired of the delay and demanded the committee deliver a verdict or face legal action in the courts.


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Old September 6th, 2013, 01:23 PM   #32
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Amir Khan opens new Tyneside tailoring company

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Amir Khan opens new Tyneside tailoring company
By Katie Davies - 6th September 2013



Boxing legend Amir Khan was on Tyneside yesterday to open a new bespoke tailoring company.

The former IBF and WBA Light Welterweight champion was in Ponteland, Northumberland, for the unveiling of Sebastian Snow, where he was joined by Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor.

Saville Row tailor Vishal Malhotra has opened his second flagship store in his hometown.

The 33-year-old, who grow up in Gosforth, Newcastle, tailored Khan’s £22,500 wedding suit as well as suits for Taylor and Shola Ameobi.

Khan, who has known Vishal for a number of years, said he was happy to be in the North East.

From his shop, on Merton Way, he will be working alongside his colleague Martin Nicholls, who has dressed some of the nation’s top stars, including Daniel Craig and Jude Law.

Dad-of-three Vishal, who now lives near Kingston Park, said: “I’m really excited about the opening but at the same time quite nervous.

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Old October 25th, 2013, 11:31 AM   #33
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Residents' fear Darras Hall planning approval will open flood gates for developers

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Residents' fear Darras Hall planning approval will open flood gates for developers

By Ruth Lawson - 25th October 2013


Darras Road on the Darras Hall Estate in Ponteland

Mass resignations have hit the long-standing body that runs the region’s most exclusive housing estate following a row over an expensive planning battle.

Property owners in Darras Hall, Northumberland, have accused its residents’ committee of “opening the floodgates to developers” after approving a controversial planning application.

The fears were raised by people living in the Ponteland estate after plans to build five luxury homes in the area were given the green light by the Darras Hall Estates Committee, which had previously adamantly opposed the development on Runnymede Road.

Last year, developers Lugano received conditional outline planning from Northumberland County Council for the homes but the Darras Hall committee used its unique powers under local bye-laws to block the scheme.

This prompted Lugano to threaten legal action against the committee costing £19,000 a week for delaying the development.

The committee has since backtracked on its decision and has now approved the scheme.

Five committee members have now resigned from their posts due to growing concerns over the way the committee is being run.

Andrew Tucker, one of the former members who stood down, said: “I resigned on a point of principle. Not only is there a lack of transparency from the committee but there is also a lack of accountability to owners.

“In my opinion, the committee has failed to act in the interests of the owners of the Darras Hall estate and lost sight of its obligations to serve those owners.”

In response to “a good deal of interest among owners” regarding the Lugano development, committee chairman Michael Dainty issued a newsletter to Darras Hall residents.

Within the newsletter he highlights how a £63,740 legal bill was incurred after the committee sought legal advice over Lugano’s threat to seek damages from the committee. This level of expenditure, the lack of consultation and detailed explanation of the make up of these costs, has led to widespread concern from residents.

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Old October 31st, 2013, 12:21 PM   #34
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Residents celebrate after Ponteland green belt planning application refused

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Residents celebrate after Ponteland green belt planning application refused
By Sarah Scott - 31st October 2013


Alma Dunnigan speaks at the public meeting over the proposal to build on green belt land at Ponteland

Villagers were celebrating after winning their fight to stop controversial plans to build homes on green belt in Northumberland.

But last night developer Lugano insisted they would appeal Northumberland County Council’s refusal for their bid to build 280 homes on farmland at Ponteland.

At the meeting at Hexham auction mart last night, members of the authority’s west area committee unanimously voted to refuse the plans which attracted opposition from all sides. Planning officers had recommended the scheme be refused, claiming it would “represent inappropriate development in the green belt”.

Speaking after the decision last night, Richard Robson, from Lugano, said that the developers were disappointed but would appeal the decision. He said: “We will certainly be progressing an appeal. A lot of the issues that have been brought up, a lot of technical information has been exchanged and we feel there has not been enough time for that to be evaluated.”

Lugano had been seeking outline planning permission for the development at Birney Hill Farm, with the proposal covering the demolition of some buildings, plus provision of office, retail, educational or community facilities and a community farm.

However, 4,310 letters were submitted in opposition to the choice of site. Newcastle International Airport, the Environment Agency, the county council’s strategic housing, conservation, public protection and flood management departments, also objected. The council was sent 487 letters of support.

During the meeting councillors questioned issues over surface water and increased flood risk, problems with Newcastle Airport, as well as the risks of the site being a foot and mouth burial ground.

Alma Dunigan of the Ponteland Green Belt Group, who spoke against the application last night said she was happy with the result.

She said: “Yes of course the Ponteland Green Belt Group, the supporters and the whole of Ponteland are delighted with the decision to uphold the planning officers’ recommendation to refuse this application.

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Old October 31st, 2013, 02:35 PM   #35
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This is good news. Shame they didn't have the same attitude in the 1970s when people objected to Eland Edge development.
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Ponteland green belt plan a failed £25m gamble says Hexham MP

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Ponteland green belt plan a failed £25m gamble says Hexham MP
By Adrian Pearson - 1st November 2013


Hexham MP Guy Opperman

Failed green belt building plans were a “£25m gamble” that showed people power can beat “slick PR”, a Northumberland MP has said.

Hexham’s Guy Opperman has spoken after county council planners threw out a bid by Lugano to build 280 homes on farmland near Ponteland, Northumberland.

More than 4,000 people objected to the plans which were said to represent inappropriate development. The developer has signalled an appeal, but last night Mr Opperman said it was the time big businesses gave more consideration to the green belt.

The Conservative MP said: “I know only too well I have came in for some stick for the battle I have waged against Lugano and other big developers. However, I am more confident that ever that it was worth it.

“We forget at our peril we are custodians of this land. Bulldozing it to build executive houses when there are brownfield sites is just plain wrong. I, and our local communities, can not be bought by promises of cash tomorrow and slick PR.

“This has been a victory for our local campaign, backed by over 4,000 local objections, over the money men and big developers. Lugano have blown it, with the rejection of Birney Hill and none of their sites included in the council’s draft housing plan; they have played a £25m gamble and lost.”

Mr Opperman and Lugano have been locked in dispute after the MP, secretary to the All Party Group on Green Belt, spoke in parliament about the organisations foreign backers. His comments sparked threats to sue the MP amid claims of an abuse of parliamentary privilege.

Lugano is led by chairman Barry Moat, the North East millionaire who was at one time in the running to buy up Newcastle United. The former chief rabbi of the town of Lugano is a major shareholder of the Lugano Group.

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He should be careful about counting his chickens. No doubt there will be an appeal. It may even be successful.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 04:50 PM   #38
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Did the original Darras Hall have any provision for working class people who needed to rent and did it have pubs?
My take on the situation is that The Northern Allotment Society was set up as a self financing cooperative, its funding coming from members at the rate of 5 shillings per annum (1890). The original aim being to obtainh and cultivate land as allotment gardens, to grow fruit and vegetables for sale to Newcastle.

It appears that by 1905 the aims of the Society had slightly changed in as much as they were purchasing land for the building of housing estates, it had by that year financed 14 separate estates. One of the conditions for these housing estates was that they had to have large gardens in order that fruit and vegetables could be grown.

Darras Hall was obtained at auction by the Society, being the sale of two lots, Darras Hall Farm and Little Callerton/Callerton Moor Farm, a total of 1,014 acres. The cost being £59,210.

The land was then divided into 185 plots of approximately 5 acres and sold by auction, the cheapest plot being obtained for £35 and the most costly at £171.

So the sort of money we are talking about here without the actual costs of building a house would put that out of the reach of the working class. I would imagine that the purchaser would most certainly be middle class with a desire to have an individually designed home built. Some of the plots were however used as market gardens and not built upon until the 1970/80's.

Pubs on the Darras Hall Estate are excluded by the Deed of Covenant which also includes such things as:

Gaols
Inebriate home
Asylum for idiots
Workhouse
Fried Fish Shop
Churchyard or cemetery

(source: Darras Hall Garden City by Leslie Almond)

Some links to the story:

http://www.cieh.org/ehn/ehn3.aspx?id=37780

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Celebr.....-a0176399523

http://www.darras-hall.net/DARRAS%20...11%20web-1.pdf
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Pillars to return at key site

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Pillars to return at key site
24th November 2013


Ponteland Cenotaph

IMPROVEMENT works to Ponteland’s main war memorial to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War have been approved.

The town council agreed to allocate £2,474 and contractors will carry out a range of measures to enhance the area next to the monument.

The existing stone wall is badly damaged at either end as vehicles have hit it and moved the structure so in order to lower this risk the authority has decided to recreate the small pillars that were an original feature of the memorial.

Alterations to the arrangement of the steps and increasing their tread will also help to reduce the likelihood of vehicle impact and make it easier for flag parties to ascend.

Of the other works, Coun Robin Ramsay said: “The opportunity has been taken to carry out the re-pointing of the wall and the damaged coping will also be repaired as necessary.

“Tactile strips will be provided, which, as well as assisting those with visual impairment, will inhibit the skateboarders who from time to time use the paved area.

“In addition, an extra step will be provided for flag parties at the hall side of the memorial in order to enable them to ascend in a dignified manner to take up position around the monument.”

He added that there could potentially be further works as consideration is being given to installing a small cast-iron fence to the front and repairing or replacing the concrete edging to the area around the memorial.

Funds were raised after the Great War to commemorate the men from Ponteland who had died for their country.

An obelisk, called the Cenotaph, with their names inscribed was erected in 1920 and the Memorial Hall was opened in 1922.

A Remembrance Sunday service takes place at the Cenotaph every year to honour members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty.
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What makes me angry about Darras Hall is the way it has been developed.

Growing up in Ponteland of the 1970s, it was the posh end of town. A place of broad roads, with pleasant often individually built homes. A nice middle class location. Probably a lot of new money, but old money too. A place to aspire to if your building firm did well, or a place to live if you were a company MD or whatever. Posh - but not in the academic, doctor, lawyer way Gosforth and Jesmond are.

And there's nowt wrong with that at all.

Then the housebuyers changed. Nice decent well-to-do homes were bought up by cash rich new money. In came the Bulldozers - up went the chav mansions.

Houses themed on the work of Andrea Palladio - inhabited by folk who wouldn't know or care of his work. Doric, Corinthian, Ionic - they don't care, they just want columns - and a portico to park the Project Khan Range Rover under.

Decent, nice houses - detatched, semi, bungalow. Mature gardens, monuments to hard work, once someone's pride and joy. Homes, memories, trees, fish ponds, bushes. Lawns where kids played cricket, and made snowmen. Shady gardens where sleeping dogs whiled away hot '70s summer days - all smashed and block paved away in the name of progress.

Today if a house like that survives it is described as a "development opportunity" Give it a few weeks on the market, a planning application and the demolition boys can move in. Then its the builders turn, and soon it is dez rez dwellings with snooker rooms and gyms for the non-book readng, Sky-Sports viewing, tracksuit wearing bloke. UV tubes in the solarium for perroxide-haired orange-skinned tarts to bask under.

Where once a nice couple lived, where once a Labrador called Bracken ran and barked and played with a little boy, where once the grass was made into a pale light-starved circle by a blowy-up paddling pool, where a brown Rover P6 parked, there is red brick, mock greek, chavved up cars and and if you are lucky a yappy hand bag sized designer dog who never goes for walkies.

Just my 2P's worth.
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