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NCC UPDATE AS AT 27th May, 2017

Much has been changed by the results of the County Council elections. Although the Conservatives do not have an outright majority, it looks as if they have quite enough seats to take command, and the Leader of the Conservative Group, Peter Jackson, is now in County Hall and taking over quickly.

The situation is consequently very much in a state of flux, but if we are to be guided by the Conservative’s manifesto, we would expect (virtually) all building on the Green Belt to be abandoned, County Hall to stay where it is, the Leisure Centre and Schools proposals to be modified or scrapped, the County Council’s very own construction firm ARCH to be scrapped, a number of separate local Planning Committees to be formed (as we had before) and much else besides. Maybe the flats on the old Library site might even be scrapped and the possibility of a “Community Hub” there re-emerge.

At this moment the Core Strategy has been formally submitted for examination by the last Administration and an Examiner has been appointed. He has already done preliminary work and produced several pages of critical comment. One might think, however, that large swathes of it could well end up being withdrawn and reviewed by the new Administration.

Please Support - Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan

a Submission Draft of the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan has been approved by the (former) County Council and is going forward for examination. There is an opportunity for us all to comment or to approve of it, but this must be done by 4pm on the 5th of June. The Civic Society has been peripherally involved in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan so we would hope that fairly widespread approval is forthcoming. Paper copies can be seen in what now passes as Ponteland Library in the Leisure Centre, or by downloading from the County Council’s website.

As usual, there is a mountain of paperwork to wade through but there is an easier way to get an adequate grip on it all. Page 56 of the Plan is entitled “Future Community Actions” and it contains a list of bullet points from which you can assess what the Neighbourhood Plan aims to do for Ponteland. You can email your comments to : or send a letter to:

Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan, Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Team, Planning Services, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF.

The Society has already written to express our approval of all of the bullet points, but with special emphasis on the use of Article 4 Directions, the Reduction of Street Clutter and the possible development of a central “Community Hub.

Prepared by the PONTELAND CIVIC SOCIETY for the

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


"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 Was New Before the Changes Above?

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

Planning Permissions

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

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

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).

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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