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Old January 3rd, 2014, 05:15 PM   #41
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Claims that Ponteland is carrying an 'unrealistically
heavy' load of housing plans.

By Dan Warburton, The Journal, 3rd January 2014


Ponteland’s Green Belt Committee members Tony Noble, Lesley Noble, Alma Dunigan, Steve Carss and Gaye Templeton

A rural village is being singled out to “carry a disproportionate and unrealistic heavy load” in council plans to delete green belt land, a protest group have claimed. Ponteland Green Belt Group have submitted a 25-page manifesto as a consultation period for proposals to wipe-out huge swathes of protected land draw to a close.

Northumberland County Council devised a plan to re-draw green belt boundaries in a bid to solve a housing crisis caused by a failure to keep pace with a growing population, but the 1,000-strong residents’ organisation - which opposes the plans - collected more than 500 responses from those living in the area and delivered them to planning officials.

In an objection letter submitted this week, the group claim Ponteland “is being singled out to carry a disproportionate, unrealistic heavy load to build houses”. It states: “The justifiable requirements for housing and economic development can be accommodated entirely within existing available sites.” As well as disagreeing with the council’s classification of Ponteland as a ‘service centre’, the group also claim population predictions are “excessive” and means the council run the risk of “over development”.


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The thing with Ponteland/Darras Hall is that it is virtually nothing but houses. There is no industrial or major commercial/office development which other towns have such as Cramlington/Blyth/Morpeth. Each town will have its own pressures on its borders requiring expansion to support housing and jobs and Ponteland has to accept it will have to accommodate development on a greater scale than 6 bed executive homes on the plots of old bungalows. It may just be me but I'm sure they'd rather have people in a new development commuting to jobs elsewhere and spending wages in the town than having a new factory on the edge of their suburban bliss with workers commuting in and taking wages elsewhere.
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The thing with Ponteland/Darras Hall is that it is virtually nothing but houses. There is no industrial or major commercial/office development which other towns have such as Cramlington/Blyth/Morpeth. Each town will have its own pressures on its borders requiring expansion to support housing and jobs and Ponteland has to accept it will have to accommodate development on a greater scale than 6 bed executive homes on the plots of old bungalows. It may just be me but I'm sure they'd rather have people in a new development commuting to jobs elsewhere and spending wages in the town than having a new factory on the edge of their suburban bliss with workers commuting in and taking wages elsewhere.
Pont is a former farming village turned dormitory of Newcastle. It started I guess 50 years ago when the first sod of soil was cut on the farmland that became Pont View.
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Claims that Ponteland is carrying an 'unrealistically
heavy' load of housing plans.

By Dan Warburton, The Journal, 3rd January 2014


Ponteland’s Green Belt Committee members Tony Noble, Lesley Noble, Alma Dunigan, Steve Carss and Gaye Templeton

A rural village is being singled out to “carry a disproportionate and unrealistic heavy load” in council plans to delete green belt land, a protest group have claimed. Ponteland Green Belt Group have submitted a 25-page manifesto as a consultation period for proposals to wipe-out huge swathes of protected land draw to a close.

Northumberland County Council devised a plan to re-draw green belt boundaries in a bid to solve a housing crisis caused by a failure to keep pace with a growing population, but the 1,000-strong residents’ organisation - which opposes the plans - collected more than 500 responses from those living in the area and delivered them to planning officials.

In an objection letter submitted this week, the group claim Ponteland “is being singled out to carry a disproportionate, unrealistic heavy load to build houses”. It states: “The justifiable requirements for housing and economic development can be accommodated entirely within existing available sites.” As well as disagreeing with the council’s classification of Ponteland as a ‘service centre’, the group also claim population predictions are “excessive” and means the council run the risk of “over development”.


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The problem is that people want to live in the nice parts of the world like Poneland and Darras Hall so there is a demand for new housing there, it is a victim of its own success, I cant help but feel that alot of these objections are coming from people more worried about protecting the value of their houses by restricting the supply of new housing rather than protecting the countryside. It is interesting to see that there are far more of these protest signs on one side of the road in Ponteland than on the other, surprisingly this is the side of the road that currently has views over the fields which will be built on if proposals go ahead. I am not saying that I would not be annoyed if someone wanted to block my nice view with a new house but new houses have to go somewhere and developers want to build them where people want to live and no one is entitled to preserve a view from their house (it is amazing the other reasons people state in planning objections when it is clearly they are objecting to someone spoiling their view)
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My Dad lives on the main road into Ponteland overlooking fields with a view to the Cheviot Hills. Surprisingly he is in favour of new housing as says that people have got to live somewhere but unsurprisingly all of his neighbours are up in arms.
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Ponteland apartments plan looks set to be approved

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Ponteland apartments plan looks set to be approved
By Brian Daniel - 19th February 2014


Lesley Noble on land earmarked for new housing just off West Road in Ponteland

Plans for new apartments in an upmarket Northumberland village look set to be given the green light, despite strong opposition.

Newcastle-based Galliford Try Partnerships’ bid for 18 apartments at Ponteland is being recommended for approval at a meeting tonight, despite objections from 57 residents and town councillors.

The application is for a site at Mill House on West Road, which was previously developed as the offices of Galliford Try. The offices have recently been demolished to make way for seven dwellings.

The site is within a flood risk zone, with the River Pont to its south, Ponteland Park to its south east and a Scout hut adjoining it.

Objections to the plans have flooded in from residents, and Ponteland Town Council.

They are based on the apartment building being too large, its design being “unsympathetic” to its surroundings, “insufficient” parking provision.

People also said the access road was too steep - posing problems in snow and ice, and feared that cars will have to park on the busy A696 and other surrounding roads, causing traffic problems.

Further concerns centre on flood risk - with fears a proposed septic tank could pollute the River Pont and the mill race, claims the site is an ecologically sensitive area - with questions over stability, protection and future maintenance along the river bank, and noise and light pollution.

Town council planning committee member Lesley Noble, who is to speak at tonight’s meeting, said: “There are lots of concerns, the building is too large.”

However, Northumberland County Council’s West area planning committee is being recommended to approve the application at its meeting tonight.

Galliford Try failed to provide a comment.

13/03134/FUL | Construction of 18 New dwellings and associated access, landscaping and engineering works | Mill House West Road Ponteland Newcastle Upon Tyne NE20 9SG


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Developer appeals over plans for homes on Ponteland green belt

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Developer appeals over plans for homes on Ponteland green belt

May 04, 2014 18:45 By Brian Daniel


Protesters from Darras Hall at Birney Hill Farm, where a large housing development in proposed

A battle over controversial plans to build homes on green belt is to be resurrected after the developer appealed.

Lugano has confirmed it has lodged a formal challenge against Northumberland County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for its 280 homes on farmland at Ponteland. The developer last night revealed it had requested the appeal be heard at a public inquiry. 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 of opposition were submitted to Northumberland County Council in opposition. Newcastle International Airport, the Environment Agency, the county council’s strategic housing, conservation, public protection and flood management departments, also objected, while the council was sent 487 letters of support.

Planning officers recommended the scheme be refused, claiming it would “represent inappropriate development in the green belt”. The authority’s west area committee unanimously voted to refuse at a meeting in October, to the delight of residents. During the meeting councillors raised 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.

At the time, the company indicated that it would be appealing. It has now submitted its challenge and confirmed it is seeking a public inquiry.

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Ten jobs created as entrepreneur pair acquire lease for The Blackbird in Ponteland

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Ten jobs created as entrepreneur pair acquire lease for The Blackbird in Ponteland
Aug 14, 2014 02:15 By Tom Keighley



An historic Ponteland pub has been given a new lease of life by a pair of Newcastle entrepreneurs who have poached Café Vivo head chef Glen David Robson for the venture.

Chris Armstrong and Lee Douglass set up FOUR&20 and acquired the lease for The Blackbird from Newcastle pub group Leopard Leisure, the owners of venues such as The Hotspur on Percy Street and Rosie’s Bar on Stowell Street.

Ten jobs have been created in the move, with plans for further recruitment in kitchen and front of house roles. The undisclosed deal will see the business partners employ Glen David Robson formerly head chef at Terry-Laybourne-owned restaurant Café Vivo on Newcastle Quayside.

Glen, who has worked at restaurants around the world, including in America and Australia, was head chef at Café Vivo for six years.

The Grade II listed pub had been closed for several years until Leopard Leisure took over the running roughly 16 months ago. Now Chris, supported by his wife Gemma, and Lee, supported by his partner Leanne De Silva, have launched a new food menu and stocked the bar with a range of real ales and wines. Chris, 39, ran his own media business before selling it on and now runs The Dogwalking Company. Lee 32 previously worked for PwC and now works with hedge funds and invests in real estate. Chris said: “Lee and I would have the occasional pint in The Blackbird and talked about how much we liked it and how much potential it had. When it came on the market we moved fast and met with the owner and management. Other pub groups were interested, but we were incredibly enthusiastic about what we could do here. We feel we are bringing something new and refreshing to Ponteland through a mix of great food and beer, and superb wines. There are two other pubs in the area and it is well served by Indian and Italian restaurants, but The Blackbird specialises in exceptional fresh quality food with a menu sourced locally, and that is quite different.”He added: “We don’t have pub backgrounds as such but, we are very determined and creative and full of ideas about what we want. We are very precise in our thinking and we are enjoying implementing the first stage in a new era for The Blackbird. A clear indication of how determined we are to make this a success is that Glen has joined us. It’s a real coup to have him on-board and he’s the first of many high profile appointments we hope to make. We are looking to buy other sites, but the ethos of great product and service that we create here will go with us.”

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Brewery bid causes a stink with residents

Appears that it isn't just Thomson House which gets facts wrong - this is an example of the Morpeth Herald not checking its facts. They ran this story on 26th October 2014, despite the Planning Application having been wthdrawn, 22nd October 2014.

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Brewery bid causes a stink with residents
26th October 2014

Plans to create a mini beer factory are brewing up a storm in the community.

An application has been submitted to Northumberland County Council to turn a car repair workshop and offices into a micro-brewery with sales and tasting rooms at Meadowfield House in Meadowfield, Ponteland. The business would have three full-time staff and would be open from 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday, and from 8am to 6pm on Sundays.

However, Ponteland Town Council is concerned about fumes from the operation and says ventilation requires serious consideration, while four objections have been submitted by residents in neighbouring Kirkley Drive. They say they are worried about smells from the brewery, noise, the long hours of operation, impact on privacy and the appearance of a flue, and they fear there could be an impact on the wider community as the building is situated on the border of a housing estate, elderly accommodation and schools.

One of the objectors, Barry Donnelly, states: “We are very concerned about any smell from the ventilation system given off during the brewing process. After researching micro-brewing online it has done nothing to alleviate our concerns.”

In addition, the council’s Public Protection department is also opposed to the plan, saying insufficient information has been provided on the noise and odour that may be produced by the micro-brewery that is likely to affect nearby residential amenity, as well as the impact of the proposed opening hours. It says that further assessment of noise is required, and an odour assessment may also be needed.

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14/03017/COU | Change of use of part of building from Light Industrial (Car repair Workshop and Offices) Class B1 to Micro-brewery with ancillary sales and tasting rooms - Use Class B2. Installation of external ventilation ducting in association with Micro-brewery. | Meadowfield House Meadowfield Ponteland Northumberland NE20 9SD

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Northumberland County Council looking to scrap 300 acres of greenbelt around Ponteland, MP claims

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Northumberland County Council looking to scrap 300 acres of greenbelt around Ponteland, MP claims
Nov 16, 2014 19:00 By Brian Daniel


Guy Opperman, MP for Hexham

Council chiefs are proposing to delete 300 acres of greenbelt around an upmarket Northumberland town, an MP has claimed.

Northumberland County Council is however planning to reduce the number of houses to be built around Ponteland by around 200, the area’s MP Guy Opperman has said. And greenbelt owned by a developer which is seeking to build hundreds of houses is not proposed for deletion, the MP added.

Mr Opperman criticised the council for proposing so much of the greenbelt be deleted and said local people would redouble their efforts to safeguard the protected land.

Council bosses said 82 hectares - just over 200 acres - are proposed for deletion around Ponteland by 2031. They revealed that almost 70% of that is identified for education, playing fields, leisure and open space - not housing. Authority bosses were originally anticipating 750 homes be built at Ponteland, in a draft version of their core strategy planning document.

Conservative MP for Hexham Mr Opperman is now claiming the council is proposing to delete around 300 acres of greenbelt in the next version of the strategy, which is due for imminent release. The MP says the 200 acres up to 2031 is proposed to be used for employment as well as housing, with the further 100 acres “safeguarded” for further use after the life of the plan. However, Mr Opperman claims the council has reduced the number of homes it is proposing for the Ponteland area, from more than 800 to just over 600. And he says the authority is not planning to release land owned by developer Lugano - which is hoping to build 280 homes at Birney Hill Farm in Ponteland - from the greenbelt.

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Tuesday start for housing appeal - Birney Hill

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Developer appeals over plans for homes on Ponteland green belt

May 04, 2014 18:45 By Brian Daniel


Protesters from Darras Hall at Birney Hill Farm, where a large housing development in proposed

A battle over controversial plans to build homes on green belt is to be resurrected after the developer appealed.

Lugano has confirmed it has lodged a formal challenge against Northumberland County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for its 280 homes on farmland at Ponteland. The developer last night revealed it had requested the appeal be heard at a public inquiry. 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 of opposition were submitted to Northumberland County Council in opposition. Newcastle International Airport, the Environment Agency, the county council’s strategic housing, conservation, public protection and flood management departments, also objected, while the council was sent 487 letters of support.

Planning officers recommended the scheme be refused, claiming it would “represent inappropriate development in the green belt”. The authority’s west area committee unanimously voted to refuse at a meeting in October, to the delight of residents. During the meeting councillors raised 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.

At the time, the company indicated that it would be appealing. It has now submitted its challenge and confirmed it is seeking a public inquiry.

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From today's Morpeth Herald @ http://www.morpethherald.co.uk/news/...peal-1-7037711
Tuesday start for housing appeal
8th January 2014

An appeal against the refusal of a major housing application in Ponteland will start next week.

In October 2013, Northumberland County Council’s west area planning committee turned down an outline proposal by Lugano Group for up to 280 homes and other facilities on a site at Birney Hill, which is in the green belt.

A planning inspector-led public inquiry has been set up following the firm’s appeal and it will begin at 10am on Tuesday.

It will be held at the Newcastle Falcons ground, Kingston Park.
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Lugano hits out at council at opening of Ponteland homes inquiry in Northumberland

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Lugano hits out at council at opening of Ponteland homes inquiry in Northumberland
Jan 13, 2015 20:34 By Brian Daniel


Public meeting at Falcons rugby ground at Kingston park into the possible development at Birney Hill Ponteland

Developers hoping to build hundreds of homes on Northumberland green belt have launched a blistering attack on council bosses at the opening of a public inquiry.

Tyneside based Lugano Developments laid into Northumberland County Council over the time it has taken to put in place its core strategy planning guidance and its failure to ensure the delivery of housing, at the first session of the inquiry into its plans for 280 homes on farmland at Ponteland. The company also hit out at the council for failing to identify viable green belt sites for development.

Yet the county council and a local action group claimed the developers had failed to prove special circumstances that would override the harm caused by inappropriate development of the green belt.

Lugano is 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. County councillors refused the application in line with officer advice in 2013 and the company appealed, triggering the inquiry.

At the opening session, the company’s barrister David Cooper said: “There is a significant shortfall in delivery as proposed by the core strategy. The matter is so urgent because of the dire figures, it can not wait for the adoption of emerging core strategy which this authority has shown no real urgency in moving forward. This authority has had more than ample time to comply with its requirements. It is totally unreasonable for them to stop the appeal proposal coming forward when they have no viable alternatives. He also claimed there was a “crisis” in the delivery of housing at county and regional level as a result of which those that can not afford market housing move away. It has to be dealt with or the gap between the North East and the South East is going to become like the Atlantic Ocean.”

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Hexham MP Guy Opperman: Green belt homes plan is 'against wishes of locals'

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Hexham MP Guy Opperman: Green belt homes plan is 'against wishes of locals'
Jan 16, 2015 06:30 By Brian Daniel


MP Guy Opperman

A North MP has accused a developer of a “speculative” attempt to build homes on green belt “against the wishes of local people” and of seeking to “circumvent” democracy.

Hexham Conservative MP Guy Opperman went on the offensive while giving evidence to a public inquiry into Lugano Developments’ bid to build 280 homes on green belt at Ponteland. The proposals for Birney Hill Farm are subject of an appeal after they were refused by Northumberland County Council in 2013. The planning application had attracted 4,300 letters of objection.

At the inquiry, Mr Opperman claimed the developer had timed its proposals to take advantage of the lack of planning guidance in place in the area.
He said: “My frustration with this application does not lie in the detail of the application. That is for others here to discuss and debate. “My frustration, and much of that of the local communities, is rooted in the opinion that this is a purely ‘speculative’ planning application in our greenbelt, timed in what is, in my opinion, an attempt to circumvent the democratic local plan process.” Mr Opperman spoke of how the county council has identified green belt sites for development in its latest draft of the core strategy. And he said: “The fundamental fact is that almost no one agrees with the assertion that Birney Hill should be such a site. Not the county council’s planning committee, who rejected this application. The Neighbourhood Plan group, who don’t identify the site for future use. The county council’s existing planning policies, Castle Morpeth Plan 2003.

In words which drew applause, the MP concluded: “The community here in Ponteland and Darras Hall has united in a quite extraordinary way. United not against development, not against housing, but against unnecessary building in the green belt.

The inquiry is being conducted by planning inspector John Gray, sitting at Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park rugby ground, and is due to last three weeks. Mr Gray will make a recommendation on the appeal to a government minister, who will make the decision.

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Planners bid to protect ‘amazing’ Greenbelt

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Planners bid to protect ‘amazing’ Greenbelt
22nd January 2015



Council planners have urged a Government minister to protect an ‘amazing and spectacular’ Greenbelt site in Ponteland from being developed for housing.

The public inquiry into Lugano Group’s appeal against Northumberland County Council’s West Area Planning Committee’s decision to turn down an outline proposal for up to 280 homes and other facilities on a site at Birney Hill in October 2013 is in its second week.

Three of the original six reasons for refusal are being put forward by the authority. They concern the harm to the green belt, landscape character and the setting on designated heritage assets. It believes that none of the positive features put forward by the company should be classed as very special circumstances.

Planning inspector John Gray will make a recommendation to the Department for Communities and Local Government and the final decision will be made by its Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.

One of the people called to give evidence for the county council was senior development and delivery manager Mark Ketley. He said: “The starting point for determining the appeal is that the proposed development would cause harm to the green belt through inappropriateness. In addition, it has been demonstrated that significant further harm to the green belt would be caused as a result of adverse impacts on openness and landscape character.” The council also contends that the scheme would fail to have regard to the statutory duty of preserving the setting of listed buildings on the site (Birney Hill Farmhouse, Birney Hall and a long-standing windmill) as imposed by Section 66 of the of the Listed Buildings and Conservations Areas Act.

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Public inquiry into controversial green belt housing plans near Ponteland closes

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Public inquiry into controversial green belt housing plans near Ponteland closes
17:25, 29 January 2015 By Adam Luke


MP Guy Opperman

The developer behind a controversial green belt housing scheme has urged Westminster not to ignore the North East by backing its plans.

In a last ditch attempt to gain approval for a 280-home “garden suburb” on the edge of Ponteland, Lugano claimed opponents Northumberland County Council and Ponteland Green Belt Group failed to recognise the economic benefits. The company’s barrister David Cooper spoke at the end of a near three week public inquiry into the Birney Hill Farm proposal, which was previously rejected by the local authority in 2013, resulting in an appeal. Mr Cooper said: “The evidence has shown that the site has exceptional communications in a place where the entrepreneurial sector clearly wants to live, and a spectacular site it is. When you add to this the opportunity to create a garden suburb or genius design with a uniquely high percentage of land value flowing to the community, you have something without comparison.”

Addressing planning inspector John Gray, who will now discuss his conclusions with a Government minister before a decision is reached, he added: “As far as the Secretary of State is concerned, this should not be a political decision. “It should be a planning and economic decision which flows from the fact of a region which is not performing as well as it could, is not seen to be supported by the south in general and London in particular, and it must get away from its old ways of sticking to a line on a plan forever regardless of the merits of that line or the consequences of adhering to it. Whichever Government is in power when this decision is made can, in granting consent, give the right noises that the lights have not been turned out in North East England.”

However, the council and campaigners argued the developer had failed to prove special circumstances that would override the harm caused by inappropriate development of the green belt.

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Ponteland apartments plan looks set to be approved
By Brian Daniel - 19th February 2014


Lesley Noble on land earmarked for new housing just off West Road in Ponteland

Plans for new apartments in an upmarket Northumberland village look set to be given the green light, despite strong opposition.

Newcastle-based Galliford Try Partnerships’ bid for 18 apartments at Ponteland is being recommended for approval at a meeting tonight, despite objections from 57 residents and town councillors.

The application is for a site at Mill House on West Road, which was previously developed as the offices of Galliford Try. The offices have recently been demolished to make way for seven dwellings.

The site is within a flood risk zone, with the River Pont to its south, Ponteland Park to its south east and a Scout hut adjoining it.

Objections to the plans have flooded in from residents, and Ponteland Town Council.

They are based on the apartment building being too large, its design being “unsympathetic” to its surroundings, “insufficient” parking provision.

People also said the access road was too steep - posing problems in snow and ice, and feared that cars will have to park on the busy A696 and other surrounding roads, causing traffic problems.

Further concerns centre on flood risk - with fears a proposed septic tank could pollute the River Pont and the mill race, claims the site is an ecologically sensitive area - with questions over stability, protection and future maintenance along the river bank, and noise and light pollution.

Town council planning committee member Lesley Noble, who is to speak at tonight’s meeting, said: “There are lots of concerns, the building is too large.”

However, Northumberland County Council’s West area planning committee is being recommended to approve the application at its meeting tonight.

Galliford Try failed to provide a comment.

13/03134/FUL | Construction of 18 New dwellings and associated access, landscaping and engineering works | Mill House West Road Ponteland Newcastle Upon Tyne NE20 9SG


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Address Mill House West Road Ponteland Newcastle Upon Tyne NE20 9SG
Proposal Construction of 18 New dwellings and associated access, landscaping and engineering works
Status Pending Decision
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Summer start for flats after appeal success
By Andrew Coulson Senior Reporter 16 April 2015

A controversial proposal to build new apartments in Ponteland has been approved by a planning inspector.

It is anticipated that preparations for the five-storey block containing 18 flats on the western part of a site at Mill House off West Road will begin next month, with construction fully underway by the summer.

Linden Homes, Galliford Try’s house-building division, submitted an appeal after the bid was turned down by the county council’s west area planning committee 12 months ago. Committee members said that the scale, design and massing of the proposed building was inappropriate and the application had not sufficiently addressed parking and highway safety issues. More than 50 objections were lodged by local residents and organisations. Their concerns included drainage and flooding issues, impact on wildlife, noise and light pollution.

The site was previously developed with offices for Galliford Try and to the south of it is the River Pont. Ponteland Park is located to the south east, with the existing scout hut adjoining the application site boundary.

In the appeal decision, planning inspector Mark Caine said the differences in levels between the site and West Road are such that the proposal would appear at a similar height to the two-storey residential properties across the road. He added: ‘I do not consider that the proposal’s contemporary design, appearance, size, scale and massing would be so conspicuous as to result in a dominant, incongruous, alien feature that would be out of keeping with Ponteland or its park setting. In regards to the proximity of the proposal to the river, an ecological survey has been submitted and Natural England, the Environment Agency and the council’s ecologist have not raised any objections, subject to mitigation measures (one of the conditions requires Linden Homes to draw up a scheme to manage a buffer zone alongside the watercourse which meets the approval of the authority).’ The inspector also said there is no firm evidence to conclude that the application would not provide adequate off-street car parking – there will be 18 spaces for the residents of the apartments and four spaces for visitors – have a harmful effect on highway safety or exacerbate existing flooding problems in the area.

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Plans for 280 new homes on green belt land in Darras Hall thrown out

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12:02, 10 July 2015 By Brian Daniel


MP Guy Opperman at the Birney Hill farm public inquiry

Plans for hundreds of homes on green belt in Northumberland have been rejected.

Secretary of state for communities and local government Greg Clark has today rejected a bid by Tyneside developer Lugano for 280 homes in green belt at Birney Hill Farm at Darras Hall. The plans had been heard at a public inquiry in January after Lugano appealed Northumberland County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission.

The planning application yielded 4,310 letters of opposition to the county council. The Ponteland Green Belt Group, Hexham MP Guy Opperman, Newcastle International Airport, the Environment Agency, the county council’s strategic housing, conservation, public protection and flood management departments, also objected, although the airport withdrew its opposition. The council was sent 487 letters of support.

Mr Opperman said: “The fact that as local campaigners we have been able to fight off theses plans by a multi million pound developer is a victory for local people and our community. It really is a victory for local democracy.”

In a statement, Lugano said: “We are very disappointed that the secretary of state has not taken the opportunity to support our proposals which would have set a new standard for residential development in the UK. This is a vital opportunity missed to bring forward homes of the highest quality in an area of acute need, yet which also came with a ground-breaking package of community benefits. Our development at Birney Hill Farm would have secured much-needed investment in local infrastructure for all Ponteland residents, as well as creating jobs and affordable homes for young people and families.”
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New £7m luxury care in Ponteland creates up to 10 North East jobs

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19:10, 9 August 2015 By Coreena Ford



A former cattle auction site in Northumberland has been transformed into a multi-million pound luxury assisted living scheme, delivering up to 100 new North East jobs.

Construction on the £7m scheme at Ponteland in Northumberland is almost complete and operators Crown Care are now recruiting nursing staff ahead of its opening in the Autumn.

The Royal Hampton is a 73-bed home providing residential, nursing and dementia care, with two three-bedded bungalows and four three-bedded town houses with associated car parking, service amenities and garden area. Crown Care engaged Newcastle-based architects Alston Murphy Associates to design the development alongside the building contractors, Chester-le-Street’s Meldrum Construction.

Wendy Conn, Crown Care’s managing director of Healthcare said: “The Royal Hampton really will be a care centre with the wow factor – it is the jewel in our crown. It will include an internet cafe, cinema, spa services, library and a music hall, alongside quiet lounges for residents and those staying with us for a short time. “Each of the single bedrooms will have ensuite shower rooms while there will be a number of suites with private lounges and kitchens to help our residents maintain independence. This is the perfect site for us. There will be a large area of landscaped gardens and it is close to the town centre so our residents will be part of the community. We are looking to deliver the best quality environment the region has to offer while providing the highest possible standards of care to ensure those who come to live here or stay with us for a short time get the care, attention and lifestyle they deserve.”

Architect Ian Murphy said: “We have built more than 80 developments in the care home sector around the country and the Royal Hampton will be the most spectacular. We have looked at a whole range of developments for inspiration and come up with plans of the highest specification. We believe this is the sort of development which can become a blueprint for future assisted living schemes.”

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YOLO Ponteland

Despite these objections back in 2012 YOLO Ponteland is due to open this Friday.

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Opening first 4th of September - Pontelands newest and most stylish bar and eatery - we will be serving great food and drinks from 10am to Midnight.

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Objectors face new battle on Ponteland bar-bistro
08:19, 30 January 2012 By David Black



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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"Let's go out and get lashed up in Ponteland!", said no-one ever. Sounds more like a restaurant than a vertical drinking establishment. Sounds like the residents of Ponteland need to get a grip.
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