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.
- 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.
- Relationship of the civil parish with its heritage and rural setting.
- Issues related to biodiversity.
- Public access and green spaces
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
- Village/Coates Green
- Bridle Path (old railway line)
- Public Footpaths/Rights of Way
- River, River Banks & Tributaries
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- Potential Greenbelt deletion