As announced in the January issue of the Ponteland News & Views a Community-Ied Group, the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Group, has been set up to work on behalf of Ponteland Town Council and the wider community to develop a comprehensive Neighbourhood Plan for Ponteland and its surrounding villages.
The principal aim of the Neighbourhood Plan is to encourage appropriate development in Ponteland that meets the needs and priorities of the community including, but not limited to, housing, education, healthcare, employment, retail, leisure, transport, car parking, and infrastructure facilities.
Follow through this website and see the detailed aims of the Neighbourhood Plan and Terms of Reference for the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Group approved by the Town Council.
The geographical area to be covered by this Plan will be the Civil Parish Boundary of Ponteland
View the detailed plan of this designated area.
It is expected that the preparation of the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan will take between 18months and 2 years to complete, including time for a public referendum prior to adoption as a formal planning control tool.
View the detailed project programme including, in particular, the periods for further extensive public consultation.
Of course, community consultation has already commenced with our Initial survey carried out in January and February. This received over 450 responses and the detailed results can be viewed
Headlines from the survey include the following:
- Top priority for infrastructure improvement is traffic congestion and car parking.
- Top priority for public services is the improvement of our shopping centres.
- 88% of respondents wished to see the Green belt continue to be protected.
- Only 25% of respondents considered affordable housing for social needs to be a priority.
The Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Group is made up of a cross section of the local community including residents, local business representatives, members of the Civic Society and the Ponteland Community Partnership, Town Councillors and CountyCouncillors