Planning Committee 20th March 2018



20th March 2018

Present:  Councillor Mrs S Johnson (in the Chair), Mrs K Woodrow, Mrs C Caisley, Mr S Ahmed, and Karen Overbury.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mr Thomas Edwards-Clay




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


  • Application No: 18/00516/ADE, Location: Plants Plus, Berwick Hill, Seaton Burn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 6BU. Proposal: Advertising consent for 4 externally illuminated roadside hoarding signs.

Objection: Given their location in a part of the Green Belt, the design and large dimensions of these four signs are over ambitious and would be out of character with the rural aspect on a primary approach road to Ponteland .The Committee feels they are an undesirable distraction for road users and could create a serious hazard to road safety.

1.2       Application No: 18/00836/OUT Location: Land East of Prospect Farm, The Avenue, Medburn NE20 0JD Proposal: Proposed detached two storey dwelling.


Objection: The Town Council strongly supports the objection from the neighbour.

 Medburn is a small settlement without any services, only a limited bus service and poor paths for cyclists and pedestrians.  The ongoing developments have caused major problems for the residents of Medburn. Construction traffic has all but destroyed the road surface on the Avenue. The noise and times construction is being carried out has been a nuisance, residents have reported this to environmental health. Concerns for lack of consideration and care has become a major factor. Medburn has moved on from a small quiet hamlet to a large housing estate.

The construction of yet another dwelling will have an overwhelming and adverse impact on this small settlement and the C345, which is a narrow country lane and the only access road, it is also contrary to the Castle Morpeth District Plan Policy MBH1 ii) which states that no new residential access will be permitted onto the Avenue, a substandard road.  it is also contrary to the PNP2 policy which aims to create a sense of place by protection to an area’s quality, distinctiveness and character.  

The National Planning Policy Framework 11 conserving and enhancing the natural environment declares that the planning system should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment by protecting and enhancing valued landscapes.

The increasing expansion of Medburn is becoming a major burden on the infrastructure of Ponteland which is struggling to cope with the additional residents and vehicles.


The Committee made no comments about the other 4 applications considered.




2.1       DECISION:  18/00031/FUL, 202 Middle Drive, Ponteland, NE20 9DU. Proposed new roof to form 7M high dormer bungalow; new gates to existing driveway


Permission granted under delegated powers on 2nd March 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.


2.2       DECISION:  17/03672/FUL, 12 Richmond Way, Ponteland, NE20 9HU. Proposed demolition of existing 3 storey dwelling and proposed erection of 3 storey dwelling.


Permission granted under delegated powers on 2nd March 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.


2.3       DECISION:  18/00384/FUL, Dilston House, Higham Dykes, Milbourne, NE20 0DH Proposed replacement of 2 windows with dormer windows to the existing house (as amended 1/3/18)


Permission granted under delegated powers on 15th March 2018. The Committee had made an objection to the 8-car garage on this proposal which was then removed by the applicant.




3.1       The Planning Committee have been informed that as from the next meeting applicant details will no longer appear on the Agenda. Applicant names will be disclosed at the beginning of each meeting. This is in line with the new General Data Protection Regulation guidelines being introduced on the 25th May 2018.


DATE OF NEXT MEETING:  3rd April 2018


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