Minutes of the Planning Committee 10th July 2018




Tuesday 10th July2018


Present:  Councillor Mrs S Johnson (in the Chair), Mr S Ahmed, and Councillor Mrs K Overbury. Councillor A Varley was also in attendance.



Apologies for absence were received from Councillors: C Caisley. T Edwards-Clay and Councillor Mrs K Woodrow,




A list of planning applications received since the previous Committee meeting had been circulated


Application No: 16/03628/FUL, Location: Land on the Orchards, Callerton Lane, Ponteland, NE20 9EG, Proposal: Re Submission of a residential development for 13no Apartments with car parking (as amended by plans received 21/6/18) Applicant: Mr S Ahmed


Objection: Whilst the Committee are not against the principal of sympathetic development of this site, the resubmission has not significantly altered to address the concerns that we raised in our previous objection dated 04 Nov 2016.

The amended proposal still presents an overwhelming frontage, specifically to the River Pont, but also to Callerton Lane; which is in a visually prominent position in the centre of the Conservation Area. Despite the broken roofline, the height of the building still appears to be excessive and overbearing, when viewed from Callerton Lane, thus having an adverse effect on the surrounding environment, which is directly adjacent to a designated Protected Open Space and Wildlife Corridor; as per the Neighbourhood Plan.

For the reasons above the Committee consider that the proposed development detracts from the character and appearance of the Ponteland Conservation Area and that the application represents harm to the designated heritage asset and the degree of harm is significant.

It is understood by the Committee that in a case such as this, where a proposed development will lead to substantial harm to the significance of a designated heritage asset, it must be demonstrated that the substantial harm or loss are outweighed by public benefits provided by the scheme. The Committee consider the public benefits presented within the proposal are insubstantial, and do not outweigh the significant impact that the proposal will have on the Ponteland Conservation Area, which is contrary to paragraph 133 of the NPPF.


Comment * The Committee find it misleading to describe the car parking provision as ‘underground’, as the parking is situated on the ground floor on the attached plans. * The Committee note that the proposal intends to introduce a One-Way access from the mini roundabout at the junction of Main Street and North Road and egress from the road exiting the car park of the former HSBC bank; we understand this is in order to overcome manoeuvrability issues for refuse wagons and emergency vehicles but wish to highlight our concerns for the workability of this system. We will however concede to the judgement of the Highways Authority in this matter.



Application No: 18/01349/ADE Location: 11 West Road, Ponteland, NE20 9SU

Proposal: Advertisement consent for an externally illuminated projecting sign.


At their last meeting, the Planning Committee agreed to defer making a decision on the above application until further information regarding the dimensions, height, position and total projection, of the proposed advert. This information had now been supplied.

Members were advised that NCC Conservation had recently withdrawn its previous objection following the submission of an amendment to the plan which included the following: –


  • The size of the proposed sign has been significantly reduced
  • The proposal has removed illumination
  • The form and design has been revised – slim in profile and fixed on a single bracket.

The Committee therefore agreed to submit no further comment



The Committee made no comments about the other 3 applications considered.




2.1       DECISION:  18/01493/FUL, 46 Woodside, Ponteland, NE20 9JA. Proposed new 3 storey detached house (basement and two upper floors)

Permission granted under delegated powers on 28th June 2018. The Committee had made a comment about this application.

Comment: The Planning Committee support the comments from the neighbours and feel the overlooking issues should be addressed.


2.2       DECISION:  18/01581/FUL, Hazeldene, 2 Prestwick Road Ends, Ponteland, NE20 9BX. Proposed: Demolish existing ground floor conservatory to rear and construct sunroom; new second floor extension to rear.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 28th June 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.


2.3       DECISION:  18/01533/VARYCO, 8 Pembroke Drive, Darras Hall, Ponteland, NE20 9HS. Proposed variation of condition 3 (plans) pursuant to planning permission 16/03861/FUL.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 26th June 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.




3.1       Possible breach of Planning Control Re Application 18/00500/NONMAT | Non-material amendment relating to planning permission 17/02284/FUL to relocate car wash | Dobbies Garden Craft Centre Street Houses Ponteland Newcastle Upon Tyne Northumberland NE20 9BT


The Town Council had received a complaint about a number of anomalies to the above planning application. The Planning Clerk completed various investigations and produced a report which was submitted to Planning Enforcement. A planning enforcement case (ref 18/00821/ENDEVT) had been raised in respect of the static caravan and advertising boards. An update was to follow

as to whether this was considered a breach of planning control, and if so, how Planning Enforcement proposed to move forward with the matter.


3.2       Possible breach of Planning Control Re Installation of 2no advertisement signs within the Conservation Area


The Clerk was requested to look into the above issue, as it appeared that there was no reference of any planning permission for signage outside a business on Bell Villas. A report was prepared and passed to Planning Enforcement for their investigation.



DATE OF NEXT MEETING:  24th July 2018


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