Local Economy

November 2016

Click Here for Rural Business Survey 2015
Click here for Ponteland Business Confidence Report 2014
Click here for Market Town Benchmarking Report 2013
Final – Click here for Topic Paper – Local Economy

December 2015

Click here for Retail, Business & Employment Evidence Report
Click here for for the Report on Commercial Property Market 14.05.15


Our aim to seek creative ways in re-energising the centre of Ponteland, main street and the Broadway.

Look towards local sustainable economic growth and match to local employment.

Create imaginative ways for new opportunities in Leisure & Tourism.

The Community identified:114 (800x600)

  • The existing shopping facilities subject of a major improvement.
  • There is a need to retain an industrial estate, with the possibility of being relocated in order to free up land for other uses.
  • Some opinion that they would prefer to work in Ponteland.
  • Facilities for visitors of low importance.

Evidence:

  • Carried out an existing assessment of Retail, Commercial, Industrial, Rural, Tourism & Leisure.
  • Carried out a proposed assessment of Retail, Commercial, Industrial, Rural, tourism & Leisure.

SCOPING PLAN

LOCAL ECONOMY

1. PROPOSED SCOPE OF WORK

  • To identify and encourage employment opportunities for sustainable economic growth across the Civil Parish
  • To enhance, diversify and improve the range of shops and services within the commercial centre of Ponteland and Broadway.
  • To promote innovative solutions for business, leisure and tourism so that the unique character of Ponteland is maintained and enhanced.

2. EXISTING EVIDENCE BASE

LOCAL EVIDENCE

  • Ponteland Town Council Local Plan May 2012 [withdrawn]
  • Map of Civil Parish of Ponteland
  • Map of Commercial Centre of Ponteland.
  • Ponteland Business Confidence Survey 2014
  • Feedback from Local Community Engagement
  • Local Estate Agent Property Availability and Rental Data.

BACKGROUND EVIDENCE

  • NCC Employment Land and Premises Demand Survey
  • National Planning Policy Framework
  • NCC Core Strategy Documents
  • Northumberland County Council website.

OTHER RELEVANT EVIDENCE (Including Planning Policy relevance)

  • Census and Employment Data
  • Public Transport availability
  • Existing and future local business/ retail feedback.

3. ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE TO BE GATHERED

SURVEYS/DATA GATHERING

  • Civil Parish Business Confidence Survey, commissioned in November 2015.
  • Research available local employment data including home working.
  • Review feedback from Consultation Events.

INTERVIEWS & ORGANISATION ENGAGEMENT

  • Meeting on 25/11/2015 with Ponteland Business Owners.
  • Meeting on 17/11/2015 with Merton Way landowner’s agent.
  • Engage with Arch and NCC regarding Merton Way re-development.
  • Follow up meeting[s] with local business owners and Ponteland business forum.

4. KNOWN KEY ISSUES

Primary goals are to:

  • Improve car parking for existing and emerging businesses,
  • Relieve the local road infrastructure pressure in and around Ponteland,
  • Improve the retail offer,
  • Protect and enhance the unique character of Ponteland,
  • Encourage diversification and innovative business solutions across the civil parish,
  • Improve and integrate Merton Way, Meadowfield and Main Street,
  • Create a central community hub with a new library.

5. INTERFACES WITH OTHER TOPIC GROUPS

Transport:
Youth Provision
Community Wellbeing
Flooding
Built Environment:
Natural Environment
Housing

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