Northumberland Core Strategy Preferred Options consultation

Campaigners against Green Belt development in Ponteland.

Campaigners against Green Belt development in Ponteland.

A nine week consultation on the county council’s new long term planning blueprint, which includes proposals to delete areas of Ponteland’s Green Belt to enable new housing, runs until January 2.

A report to the council’s Communities and Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee which met at County Hall, Morpeth, on October 30, said 24,000 new homes need to be built across the county over the next two decades to accommodate a projected 10 per cent population increase, with 1,500 in the west.

It said: “In order to deliver the level of economic and housing development required to deliver the preferred strategy, Hexham, Prudhoe, and Ponteland will require land to be deleted from the Green Belt. Feedback on general locations will be sought through the consultation.”

A consultation meeting was held on November 21 at Ponteland Memorial Hall, with a small exhibition with planning officers present from 3pm to 6pm followed by a discussion session between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

The council said it will be publishing a comprehensive response to all comments made during both Preferred Options consultations in spring 2014.

Residents can contact the authority at or on 0845 600 6400 with any questions about the consultation arrangements or the Core Strategy planning process.


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