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"Landmarks - Legends of the Shields Road"

Mike Greatbatch

This meeting will be held in PONTELAND SOCIAL CLUB, Merton Way, Ponteland, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE20 9PX starting at 7.30pm
(Entry free to members. Guests are welcome and are invited to make a donation of £2 towards expenses)

What's New?

Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy - Submission to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

26 April 2017

Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy - Submission to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

I am writing to inform you that on 7 April 2017 Northumberland County Council submitted the Northumberland Local Plan, Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for examination. This is in accordance with Section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and Regulation 22(3) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

An independent examination into the Core Strategy will now be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate. This is a continuous process running from the date of submission through to the receipt of the appointed Planning Inspector's report. Part of this process will involve hearing sessions where those invited to attend will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the Planning Inspector.

Once confirmed, full details of the examination process will be advertised and made available online. In addition, any individual or organisation who raised outstanding issues of the soundness of the Core Strategy at any of the previous three stages of the process (since October 2015), will be contacted by an independent Programme Officer, whose role it will be to support the Inspector and make arrangements for the hearing sessions mentioned above.

The Core Strategy and all supporting documents submitted can be viewed on the Council’s website: documents include:

Paper copies of all the Core Strategy and supporting documents will also be made available for inspection at Northumberland County Council, Council Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

In addition, paper copies of the Core Strategy Pre-Submission Draft Plan and proposed modifications documents, Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Assessment, Consultation Statement and Schedule of Key Evidence and Supporting Documents, together with a CD containing all the Core Strategy documentation will be made available to view at the County Council information points and libraries throughout Northumberland during their normal opening hours.

Paper copies of the key documents may be provided or sent out to those requesting them but a charge will be made equivalent to the printing and postage cost of the document(s) concerned. CDs containing the main documentation have been produced and can be provided free of charge, subject to availability.

Full information can be found on the Council's website:

If you have any questions about the consultation please do not hesitate to contact a member of my Planning Policy Team at or by telephoning the local rate number, 0345 600 6400, and asking for Planning Policy.

Yours faithfully,Mark Ketley, Head of Planning Services

An invitation to cast a vote of no confidence in the current NCC administration

Ponteland Greenbelt Group has launched an online petition to the effect that "We the signatories to this petition have no confidence in the current Northumberland County Council administration and its decision making process. We do not believe the current County Council administration fairly reflects the views of local residents or follows correct procedure as demonstrated by recent, highly controversial planning decisions. Decisions made despite significant local and regional objections. We would therefore request that all recent major planning decisions made under this administration, should now be called in by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government".

You can sign the petition and, if you wish, add your reasons for signing on the website.

Planning Permissions

In what looks like a scorched earth run up to elections in May, Northumberland County Council has:

Local groups and organisations, including the Civic Society, have asked the Secretary of State to call in these decisions for his own review.

Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan.

A dedicated band of volunteers has been diligently beavering away on the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan ever since 2013.

Neighbourhood Planning is a community right which was introduced with the Localism Act 2011, and the Neighbourhood Plan Group now needs to have confirmation that our Community at large substantially agrees with what it has done.

You can see a paper copy of it in the Town Council’s Offices at the address above on weekdays between 9:30am and 12:30pm or view, or download, the document on the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan website.

The Bridleway

The Bridleway is part of the Local Green Spaces designation, which the Civic Society has helped to specify, and such a status can be nearly as powerful as the Green Belt. The Bridleway in question is that part of the old railway line that crosses Callerton Lane and goes on to cross Rotary Way and beyond.

The County Council have ideas about diverting it to facilitate their plans to move the Schools and Leisure Centre, but it is now part of an established footpath, and the Neighbourhood Plan Group would like to see it stay that way. Wide community support for this view would be extremely useful, so if you have ever enjoyed walking on this pleasant rural track (or might do so, or would like to be able to) could you please write and say so

The Listed Buildings of Ponteland Photographed 2015

An excellent document showing Photographs of The Listed Buildings of Ponteland in 2015 has been produced. Click here to view or download a copy (151MB) or here for a lower resolution copy (33MB).

Draft "Local List"

A Draft “Local List” of buildings, open spaces or other local features – not otherwise formally Listed – has been drawn up for possible incorporation into the emerging Neighbourhood Plan for Ponteland.Do you have any comments or proposed additions? Click here to view or download the draft list. Comments may be submitted to

Callerton Lane Landscape Study

The Society has produced a Landscape Study concentrating on the eastern side of Callerton Lane. We believe that this landscaping makes a huge contribution to the rural feel of Ponteland. This study may be useful background reading before the Drop-in Session and before responding to the Ponteland Proposals Consultation.

The study can be downloaded by clicking here (8MB).

Requirements for Conservation Areas

There are legal requirements for Conservation Areas and information can be found on the Historic England website.

Older information can be found in our Archive Area click here to view.

Disclaimer: Information is provided in good faith. Ponteland Civic Society uses reasonable endeavours to check the accuracy of information published or made available on this website. You should note however that the Society does not warrant that such information will be error free. Third party information included may not always reflect the views of the Society.

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