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25TH SEPTEMBER 2017

"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)

AND AN ADDITION TO OUR PROGRAMME

TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2017

"A Draft Local List for Ponteland"

Philip Ham, our Chairman

The Talk will describe the factors which have prompted the inclusion of the various buildings and other items which have been put forward in the Draft Local List. It will be free for non-members as being of significant local interest for everyone.

This meeting will be held in PONTELAND SOCIAL CLUB, Merton Way, Ponteland, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE20 9PX starting at 7.30pm
(There will be no charge for attendance at this meeting)


THE LOCAL LIST for PONTELAND

This Draft Local List is of buildings, open spaces or other local features of value to the community – not otherwise formally Listed – for incorporation into the Neighbourhood Plan for Ponteland. Click here to view the list.


URGENT: Police Headquarters Planning Application

We now come to a really important planning application. This has been made by Bellway in respect of the Police Headquarters site, and has the reference: 17/02747/REM. It covers a proposal for 258 new dwellings on what is a Brownfield site, so it is very likely to be given the green light. This does not mean that you cannot make comments, however.

You can, as usual, see the documents in the Town Council Office, or you can go to: https://www.publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications using the above reference number and the “Simple Search” procedure. You can talk to the case officer by phone on: 0345 600 6400 or you can comment on-line (but you will need to register for this) or you can write a letter and post it to: Planning Department, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF or prepare a letter as if for posting and then send it by email as an attachment. All comments must be received by the 4th of September 2017.

Ponteland Civic Society's own response can be downloaded by clicking here .

The Bellway proposals include 52 “Affordable” 2 and 3-bed dwellings (said to be “over 20% of the total” and including “Intermediate and Rented” models”); a further 62 x 3-bed dwellings; 140 x 4-bed detached dwellings and just 4 x 5-bed detached dwellings. There are some 17 different designs of house, including terrace and semidetached types, but the overall impression is one of a fairly standard layout with rather predictable traditional houses.

Police Site Plan

The previous Administration was looking for up to 30% of dwellings in a new development to be “Affordable” so it is somewhat disappointing that Bellway are seeking to offer only 20%. However, it may be that the Planners will seek financial contributions under a s106 Agreement or a Community Infrastructure Levy. Since, however, there is a shortage of land for Affordable Housing in and around Ponteland, it may well be preferable to implement such housing as part of approved developments.

It is good to see that the original central grass area has been retained along with the Listed buildings, but everything else is to be demolished – including the original school building which we have proposed for the “Local List” and which could serve as a community facility and/or a local coffee shop.

The site has only one access road – which may have provided security for a Police Headquarters, but could prove highly inconvenient if anything closed or restricted access to the existing road. There is, however, a stub for a possible extension road to the West – probably to the A696 or a possible Relief Road. We think that, if this application is approved, positive plans should be put in hand for the provision of such a road in the future.

There are no pedestrian pathways, apart from those on the edges of the roads, and there are no dedicated cycleways. We can find no pathways or cycleways connecting with Ponteland proper except those via the already-existing single access road. There are no shops, schools, or community facilities to be provided whatever, since it is argued that: “the existing facilities and services within the locality are within 1.5km of the site” and are “easily accessible via existing roads and pathways.”

If, in the future, more housing sites are proposed close to Ponteland without any local schools, shops or other facilities, then this would place an increasing burden on those in Ponteland and, in particular, on the already inadequate car parking in the village. These possibilities need to be addressed and all necessary provisions made.


Please Support Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan

The Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan will be the subject of a REFERENDUM to be held on the 28th of September 2017. It will be a fully official affair with Polling Stations, Polling Cards and Ballot Boxes. It is essential that we all turn up and vote for its acceptance – so watch out for your Polling Cards coming in the post.

You can read a paper copy of the Neighbourhood Plan in the Town Council Office, or you can see it on line by going to: www.ponteland-tc.gov.uk and clicking on “Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Referendum” where it is all explained. A circular issued by the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Group explains the importance.

The Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan is an excellent document and is more thorough than most of its kind. We should all be grateful to the Plan Group for all their hard work in formulating the Plan and look forward to its having a beneficial influence on the development of our village well in to the future.


NCC UPDATE AS AT 28th August, 2017

There has been some concern lately about the lack of information about the changes which the new Administration intends to bring about – including the role of ARCH.

We carry on hoping for the best outcomes.


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.

Ponteland Community Partnership has done some excellent work in maintaining the path and installing information boards.


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.

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.


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