Planning Committee meeting – 8 October 2013


Planning Committee Meeting – 8 October 2013

Present: Councillor Mrs E E Thompson (in the Chair), Councillors P Cowey, Mrs L Noble,

R Punton and C Rawlings

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mrs S Johnson


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

1.1       13/02737/FUL:  36 The Lairage, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9SA – Single storey extension to rear to replace conservatory

OBSERVATION:  This property may have a covenant attached.

1.2       ADDITIONAL INFORMATION for 13/00132/OUTES:  Land at Birney Hill Farm, Stamfordham Road, Throckley, Northumberland – Demolition of some existing buildings and the construction of up to 280 dwellings and provision of up to 650 sqm of B1 floorspace, no greater than 250 sqm (gross) of A1/A3 retail floorspace, up to 500 sqm of D1 floorspace, a community farm and associated buildings, landscaping, open space, access and associated engineering works.

OBJECTION:  Following Ponteland Town Council’s unanimous objection to this application, we make the following comments in connection with the additional information provided:

Aircraft Noise: covering 24 hours on a random day is not an adequate time period for assessment as wind direction, time of year, weather conditions, take-off and landing direction can all affect noise levels and the frequency of disturbance.

The information provided does not address the many safety concerns; including flight path, crash area, birds and environmental contamination from being under the flight path. Surely, CAA requirements should be the minimum standard applied for safety.

Geo-environmental Risk Assessment: We are concerned that there are so many potential problems with this site and agree with the recommendations set out in point 5.8 (page 14/14)

Travel: The 2011 census data should be used not 2001.

We re-iterate our previous objection that the infrastructure is working to capacity and the antiquated road system is totally inadequate to cope with the current and continually rising volume of traffic.  The extra traffic will have a severe impact on the existing infrastructure, which will not be significantly diminished by the off-site junction improvements detailed in the statement.  Improved pedestrian and cycle links will not be sufficient to offset the extra vehicular movements – pupils and residents will not physically be able to use them to access/egress the site with heavy schoolbags, shopping, etc.  Access to the site would be from minor roads, inadequate to cope with the increased volume of traffic.  The bus service generally in Ponteland is no more than just adequate.

1.3       13/02932/FELTPO:  10 Grenville Court, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9HT – Tree preservation order application to crown thin one Oak by 15% (T6), reduce and reshape one Ash by 10% (T7), crown thin one Ash by 15% (T8) and fell two Birch (T1 and T5)

COMMENT:  We defer to the Tree Officer’s recommendations.

1.4       13/02973/CLEXIS:  Woodside Bungalow, Milbourne NE20 0DG – Certificate of lawfulness of existing dwelling house and curtilage

COMMENT:  Ponteland Town Council is not qualified to comment on the legal aspects of lawfulness, but as it was unlawful to build a house in this location in the Green Belt this structure must be an annex.  We refer back to the original statements (re-affirmed on many occasions) by NCC and the owner that it is an ‘annex’ and not a house.

The Committee made no comments on the other 6 applications considered.

13/02782/VARYCO: Auction Mart, Meadowfield, Ponteland NE20 9SD – Variation of condition 4 relating to planning permission 11/03235/OUT – Outline construction of residential care home for 73 residents, 2, 3 bedded bungalows, 4, 3 bedded town houses with associated car parking, service amenities and garden areas – amendments relate to elevations, level plans and site plan.

A copy letter had been received from Ponteland Civic Society to NCC expressing concern that the variations were only minor and largely superficial; and stating that they were disappointed that previous suggestions made for the layout to be improved to overcome the creation of an ‘institutional’ environment had been ignored.


2.1       DECISION 13/02135/VARYCO: 9 Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland

NE20 9HE – Variation of condition 2 of 12/02092/FUL (Amendments to application 11/00645/FUL for the demolition and rebuild of one new dwelling. Amendments include: front elevation – hipped roof replaced with gable and 2no. windows added to ground floor garage, rear elevation – hipped roofs replaced with gables, side 1 elevation – gable added over arched feature window, side 2 elevation – alternative window arrangement and 1no. window added, overall – brick soldier course heads omitted in lieu of stone heads and stone copings installed to gables)

Permission granted under delegated powers on 20 September 2013.

The Committee had made no comment about this application.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.2       DECISION 13/02133/FUL: Land East of 88 The Rise, Darras Hall, Ponteland – Construction of one no. dwelling (C3 Use)

Permission granted under delegated powers on 20 September 2013.

The Committee had made a comment that the removed trees be replaced expressing concern over possible red squirrel disturbance.  This comment had not been addressed.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.3       DECISION 13/02189/FUL: 7 Bell Villas, Ponteland NE20 9BD – Commercial Offices to be changed to Therapy Clinic with kitchen and studio

Permission granted under delegated powers on 26 September 2013.

The Committee had made no comment about this application.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.4       DECISION 13/02364/FUL: 37 Avondale Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9NA – Construction of proposed tiled pitched roof over existing flat roof on front elevation

Permission granted under delegated powers on 27 September 2013.

The Committee had made no comment about this application.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.5       DECISION 13/02436/FUL: 32 Stonehaugh Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9LX – Conversion of single garage into new entrance hall including replacing garage door with front door and glazed side screen

Permission granted under delegated powers on 27 September 2013.

The Committee had made no comment about this application.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.6       DECISION 13/02267/VARYCO: 54 Linden Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9JF – Variation of Condition 2 of 13/00479/FUL (Construction of first floor side extension, single storey rear and front extension and replacement of first floor flat roof with pitched roof)

Permission granted under delegated powers on 2 October 2013.

The Committee had made no comment about this application.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.7       DECISION 13/02370/FUL: 10 Stonehaugh Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9LX – Construction of single storey porch to front, sunroom to rear and chimney to side

Permission granted under delegated powers on 3 October 2013.

The Committee had made no comment about this application.

RESOLVED – The information be received.


3.1       11/01399/FUL: Mill House, West Road, Ponteland NE20

A copy letter had been received from Friends Of Ponteland Park (FOPP) to Mark Ketley (NCC Planning Officer) complaining about the state of the river bank following the clearing of the site by Galliford Try and, contrary to a planning condition, the removal of the required buffer zone.  Also, FOPP were concerned that the suggested new proposal made no reference to this buffer zone requirement.

RESOLVED: The information be received and the copy letter passed to the Environment Working Party.

3.2       Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy: Housing, Employment and Green Belt Preferred Options – Notice of Proposed Consultation

The following information had been received from NCC:

Council’s Policy Board meets on 21 October 2013 to consider whether to approve the documents for consultation. Papers will be published on NCC website by Monday 14 October 2013.Ponteland Town Council will be sent a hard copy of the Preferred Options document. This document sets out NCC preferred strategy for the amount and location of new housing and employment land in the county until 2031. It also suggests where NCC feels it needs to review the existing Green Belt, where it may be preventing necessary growth. The consultation is due to run from Thursday 31 October 2013 to Thursday 2 January 2014. During the consultation NCC will be holding a number of drop-in events around the County, including a small exhibition, with planning officers present, from 3.00pm to 6.00pm followed by a discussion session between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

RESOLVED: Details are to appear in Pont News& Views and be displayed on notice boards.

3.3       13/00132/OUT – Birney Hill Farm, Ponteland – Outline: 280 dwellings

Information had been provided by Mark Ketley (Case Officer) about the arrangements for the Lugano application:

  • Site investigation: Monday 7 October 12.30pm
  • Public Meeting: 9 October at 6pm at Ponteland High School
  • Single Item planning meeting Wednesday 30 October at 6pm in Hexham Mart

Also copies of the following documents had been provided:

  • Notice in connection with the further information received
  • Protocol for Public Meetings on Planning applications

Councillors Mrs Liz Thompson and Carl Rawlings had attended the site visit and joined West Area Planning Committee members on the coach provided.  They reported that the site investigation had been thorough, but safety aspects in connection with the airport had not been mentioned by Mark Ketley.  The many objectors at the site had behaved in an orderly manner.

RESOLVED: copies of the documents to be provided to members for information.  Councillor Carl Rawlings to prepare a draft statement to be read out at the NCC Special meeting; this is to be circulated to members of the Planning Committee for comments.

There was no further business.