Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Summary Of Community Questionnaire Responses
Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Group would like to thank all members of the community who responded to the public consultation questionnaire published in the Pont News & Views in November 2013. In total, there were an encouraging 412 responses and the results will form the principal point of reference for community opinion for those now preparing the first draft of our Neighbourhood Plan. There will be further opportunities for community consultation over coming months culminating in a referendum. The most significant messages emerging from this second stage of community consultation included the following:-
- Only 4% of respondents supported the proposal in Northumberland County Council’s draft Core Strategy that Ponteland should contribute an additional 850 houses over the next 20 years. This increased to 19% if it could be achieved without the loss of green belt.
- 92% of respondents were of the view that new housing should preferably be built only on previously developed land.
- Almost half of all respondents did not agree that more affordable housing should be provided in Ponteland with only 32% positively in favour of that proposal.
TRANSPORTATION & HIGHWAYS
- 74% of respondents supported the principal of a northern by-pass around Ponteland if a suitable route could be agreed.
- Traffic congestion in the vicinity of local schools is considered to be dangerous as well as inconvenient by 84% of respondents.
- Just as many people are opposed to The Metro being brought into Ponteland as support the concept.
DRAINAGE & FLOODING
- 59% of respondents considered it unacceptable that there should continue to be weak points in Ponteland’s flood defences against a 1 in 100 year storm.
- Only 8% of respondents were opposed to the establishment of a Community Agreement which makes arrangements for a local flood action group to take initial steps following a flood warning being issued.
- 83% of respondents agreed that open channels and storage ponds should be located away from areas of family housing.
BUSINESS & EMPLOYMENT
- 58% of respondents were of the view that Ponteland needs to retain an industrial estate but 51% were also in favour of it being relocated to a peripheral location in due course in order to free up land for other uses.
- Only 34% of respondents said that they would prefer to work in Ponteland if they could.
CONSERVATION & HERITAGE
- 95% of those responding supported the view that protection should be extended to include the trees and green spaces on the approach roads to Ponteland and 85% agreed that the Conservation Area should be reviewed and extended.
- The proposal that more community use should be made of school buildings and playing fields was supported by 71% of respondents.
- 87% of respondents confirmed that they would prefer to stay in Ponteland as they get older but only 18% supported the provision of more residential care homes in the village.
- 90% of respondents supported the view that there should be restrictions on the type of front boundaries permitted in order to maintain and enhance wildlife corridors while 69% supported the extension of Tree Preservation Orders to all properties.
Please click here for the detailed results to all questions in the survey.