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Next Meeting of Ponteland Civic Society

25TH APRIL 2016

"The Disappearing Farms of Weardale"

Why the farms are disappearing.

Christine Ruskin

Civic Society Meetings are held in St Mary’s Church Hall, Thornhill Road, Ponteland, NE20 9PZ starting at 7.30pm
(Entry free to members. Guests are welcome and are invited to make a donation of £2 towards expenses)

3 Important New Items:

Re-think on Schools' Location included in School Organisation consultation

On Friday 18th March Northumberland County Council a consultation on proposals, from First School Headteachers, for a change from the 3-Tier to a 2-Tier school organisation in Ponteland. Click here to visit the consultation site.

Since they issued the consultation document a map has emerged showing the schools sharing the current Leisure Centre site with whatever Leisure Facilities are provided Click here to view this map. The map shows an area significantly reduced from that currently occupied by the leisure centre and schools and is silent on housing proposals

County Consultation Drop-In events are to be held on Saturday 23rd April, from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Ponteland High School and Thursday 28th April from 3.00pm to 7.00pm at the Memorial Hall.

Question 8 in the response form covers the proposed new location. You don't have to answer the other questions if your main interest is the Greenbelt issue.

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)

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

Have a say on the future of transport in the North East

The North East Combined Authority (neca) is setting the wheels in motion for plans to launch a 20-year ‘Transport Manifesto’ that covers both ‘urban and rural’ geographic areas of Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland. Click here to visit the consultation site. The consultation closes on Friday 8th April 2016.

Pre-emptive Library Move?

Northumberland County Council intend to move the library operation away from Thornhill Road, to the Leisure Centre in the near future then possibly to the proposed schools and leisure centre site adjacent to Dobbie's roundabout. Click here to view Northumberland's Press Release.

Northumberland Core Strategy Consultation

A consultation on the Core Strategy Pre-Submission Draft began on 14 October 2015 and closed on 25 November 2015. This was the final opportunity to comment on the content of the Core Strategy before submission to a Planning Inspector for independent examination.

This latest draft includes some significant new proposals for development in Ponteland including new schools, leisure centre and a large number of houses on the land between Callerton Lane, Ponteland Road and Rotary Way and new housing between Willow Way and Callerton Lane.
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You can download a copy of the New Proposals for Ponteland and an associated response form in Word format from our own site here.

Details of the consultation are listed in the Brief Guide to Consultation document which we have copied to our own site here.

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).

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The seating deck outside 'You Only Live Once', in Bell Villas and part of the conservation area, was installed without planning permission. A retrospective application was approved by Northumberland County Council on 23rd February 2016. Councillors Heather Cairns, Anthony Murray, Trevor Thorne and Tony Reid argued that the application should be rejected, as soft landscaping of the area had been a condition of approval of the original application at appeal. Councillors Anne Dale, Jeff Gobin and three others voted in favour of the application.

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An application for "The Orchards", the area behind Rialto's restaurant, has been refused.

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Permission for a substantial development on the site of the Old Mill, West Road has been granted on appeal.

(artist's impression)

Public Inquiry into refusal of planning permission for the proposed Lugano development at Birney Hill Farm

This appeal has been rejected. The inspectors report is available from our website here.

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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