Natural Environment

December 2016

Ponteland Parish Landscape Character Assessment Final Dec 2016

November 2016

Click here for Landscape Character Appraisal + Survey Area
Click here for Local Green Spaces Background Paper
Final – Click here for Topic Paper – Natural Environment

December 2015

Click here for Natural Environment, Open Spaces & Habitats Evidence Report
Click here for Ponteland Walks


Our aim to take pride in the assets of our rural setting to encourage the protection of our natural environment and the biodiversity that it supports.

The community identified:Sheep grazing (800x600)

  • To see the Green Belt protected from future development.
  • Recognition that in order to develop infrastructure and possible housing some Green Belt may need to be used but wished this to be minimised.

Evidence:

  • Relationship of the civil parish with its heritage and rural setting.
  • Issues related to biodiversity.
  • Public access and green spaces

SCOPING PLAN

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

1. PROPOSED SCOPE OF WORK (i.e. topics to be addressed)

  • Review of existing open space in and around Ponteland (civil parish of Ponteland) to include Greenbelt and Green Space.
  • To review the current state of the open areas.
  • To review the current status of the wildlife, vegetation and habitat.

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT areas to include:

  • Designated Greenbelt
  • Green Space
  • Open areas/roadside verges
  • Ponteland Park
  • Ladywell Way Green
  • School Playing Fields
  • Allotments
  • Village/Coates Green
  • Bridle Path (old railway line)
  • Public Footpaths/Rights of Way
  • River, River Banks & Tributaries
  • Cemeteries
  • Farmland and open countryside around the villages of the civil parish
  • Historic hedgerows
  • Trees and woodland
  • Gardens and their green frontages

2. EXISTING EVIDENCE BASE

LOCAL EVIDENCE

  • Map identification of NCC owned Open Space
  • Map identification of PTC owned Open Space
  • Other areas identified in private or unknown ownership
  • Initial community survey results

BACKGROUND EVIDENCE

  • National Planning Policy Framework
  • CMBC District Plan 2003, existing planning policies

OTHER RELEVANT EVIDENCE

  • Emerging Northumberland County Council Core Strategy
  • Emerging Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan policies

3. ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE TO BE GATHERED

SURVEYS & DATA GATHERING

  • Access recorded data for wildlife and habitats from Northumberland Wildlife Trust, ERIC-(Environmental Records Information Centre, Natural England, Environment Agency, Northumberland Rivers Trust and British
  • Trust for Ornithology.
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Ponteland Town Council
  • INTERVIEWS & ORGANISATION ENGAGEMENT
  • Northumberland Wildlife Trust Ponteland Group
  • Friends of Ponteland Park current and background history
  • National Farmers Union
  • Local landowners and Farmers
  • Environmental Agency
  • Rivers Authority
  • Anecdotal information from residents

4. KNOWN KEY ISSUES

POTENTIAL FUTURE HOUSING OR OTHER/BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

  • Threat to the wider environment, wildlife and habitat
  • Threat to river pollution

OPEN SPACES

  • Is there scope to extend the existing cycleway provision in and around the village?
  • Are the existing open spaces adequately maintained?
  • Could the existing open spaces in the village be improved or extended?
  • Is there any conflict between maximising public access to open spaces and conservation in Ponteland
  • Maintenance of wildlife corridors into Ponteland
  • Maintenance of wildlife corridors along the river Pont

5. INTERFACES WITH OTHER TOPIC GROUPS

FLOODING

  • Are the existing open spaces in the village, including Ponteland Park, adequately protected from possible river flooding?
  • Is there sufficient safety equipment available to the public in open spaces at risk of river flooding?
  • Potential loss of land for infrastructure

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

  • Are there any significant wildlife habitats in the vicinity of Ponteland that could be threatened by greater public access to open spaces or future development?

HOUSING

  • Potential Greenbelt deletion