Planning Minutes 1st May 2018

PONTELAND TOWN COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING

1st May 2018

Present:  Councillor Mrs S Johnson (in the Chair), Mrs C Caisley, Karen Overbury and Councillor Mr Thomas Edwards-Clay

 

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors: Mrs K Woodrow and Mr S Ahmed.

 

  1. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

 

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

 

  • Application No: 18/01272/FUL. Location: Hayworth Croft, Medburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 0JD.Proposal: Construction of one detached dwelling on plot 5.

 

Objection:- 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.

 

1.2       Application No: 18/01337/FUL. Location: 108 Western Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland, NE20 9LY. Proposal: Rear single storey extension and internal re-ordering.

 

Request for more information: The Planning Committee would like further details on the detached garage on this application in line with the neighbours’ concerns. There is a lack of detail on the proposal for a garage.

 

1.3       Application No 18/01365/FUL: Location: 71 Kirkley Drive, Ponteland, NE20 9QW. Proposal Construction of two storey extension

 

Objection.: The Planning Committee feel the amendments that have been made are not sufficient to address the refusal from NCC and feel an objection should be made.

 

 

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

 

 

  1. DECISIONS: APPLICATIONS AND APPEALS; WITHDRAWN APPLICATIONS

 

2.1       DECISION:  18/00622/FUL, 26 Avondale road, Ponteland, NE20 9NA. Proposed extension to rear of the property to provide more bedroom accommodation and larger communal areas.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 20th April 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.

 

2.2       DECISION:  18/00753/FUL, 140 Western Way, Ponteland, NE20 9LY. Proposed demolition of existing garage and construction of new sun room extension.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 20t April 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.

 

2.3       DECISION:  18/00769/VARYCO, Land North of 84-92 Runnymede Road, Ponteland, NE20 9HH. Proposed Variation of condition 11 (approved plans) of application 16/0775/VARYCO to allow the remodel of the proposed Plot 4 as submitted.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 18th April 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.

 

2.4       DECISION:  17/03698/LBC, Northumbria Police HQ Ponteland, NE20 0BL. Proposed Listed Building consent for change of use and conversion of former office buildings (B1) use class) to provide 20 no dwellings (C3 use class), erection of associated garages and boundary treatments, car parking and landscaping

Permission granted under delegated powers on 19th April 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.

 

2.5       DECISION:  17/03697/LBC, Northumbria Police HQ Ponteland, NE20 0BL. Proposed Change of use and conversion of former office buildings (B1 use class) to provide 20 no dwellings (C3 use class), erection of associated garages and boundary treatments, car parking and landscaping

Permission granted under delegated powers on 219th April 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.

 

2.6       DECISION:  18/00604/FUL, 27 Queensway, Ponteland, NE20 9RZ. Proposed bedroom extension over existing garage and front porch canopy.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 17th April 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.

 

2.7       DECISION:  18/00854/FUL, 2 the Drey Ponteland, NE20 9NS. Proposed ground floor front bay window extension.  

Permission granted under delegated powers on 18th April 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.

 

2.8       DECISION:  18/00673/FUL, 1a Runnymede Road, Ponteland, NE20 9HE. Proposed extension above existing garage including raising existing garage ridge height.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 18th April 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.

 

2.9       DECISION:  17/03729/CCD, Ponteland Leisure centre, Callerton Lane Ponteland, NE20 9EG. Proposed Proposal for demolition of the existing leisure centre and construction of new build primary school, secondary school and leisure centre with associated parking, infrastructure and playing fields.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 23th April 2018. The Committee had made a comment about this application.

 

Comment: Ponteland Town Council welcomes the application as it is a significant investment for the community which is much needed and the Town Council looks forward to working with NCC in relation to this proposal and hopes there can be regular communication with regard to the points listed below. The Council does however have some general concerns which it hopes can be examined further: 1. The Town Council seeks assurances that the Greenbelt land where the current school is built will not be developed after the school has moved. 2. In relation to Policy 24 of the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan, it is stated in the plan that “green spaces should be protected from loss to development unless a) the loss would be replaced by equivalent or better provision, in terms of quantity and quality, in a suitable location and in an agreed timescale or an excess of provision in quantitative and qualitative terms is clearly demonstrated”. The Town Council seek assurances that adequate provision has been made or will be made as part of these proposals. 3. Number of sports pitches – PTC seeks an assurance be given that the provision of sports pitches is adequate and is the same or more than the current facilities. 4a. PTC notes the production of the logistics plan. There is concern at the removal of boundary hedging and the Town Council would request that NCC can re-visit what it chooses to remove and re-plant and tries to minimise that wherever possible considering Policy 12 of the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan that deals with green approaches. In particular, would it be possible to erect the timber fence intended as the site boundary without removing the hedging on Callerton Lane. 4b Also, there are concerns about the play area which will be unavailable whilst construction is carried out. A request has already been made to NCC to see if a temporary provision can be provided whilst the work is ongoing. Policy 22 of the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan refers. 5 Ponteland skate park – the Council has agreed not to replace the skate park due to past and current anti-social behaviour issues and because the proposed new location would be nearer to residential properties. PTC has asked if NCC could provide an alternative provision elsewhere in the area for youth activity. It is recognised that there appears to be sufficient provision within the application for multi-use games areas however PTC would wish to leave this proposal with NCC with a view to possibly re-visiting this at a later stage if there is found to be a required need that could be a suitable replacement for the skate park. 6. Ponteland Middle School land – The Town Council seeks reassurance that the proposals will not impact on Middle School land.

 

2.10     DECISION:  17/03367/OUT, Plots 5 and 6 Land North of Dyke House, Ponteland, NE20. Proposed Outline application of 2 no 2.5 storey dwelling houses with garages (all matters reserved) resubmission of withdrawn outline planning application 17/00666/OUT

Permission Refused under delegated powers on 26th April 2018. The Committee had made and Objection about this application.

 

OBJECTION: The proposal is contrary to Policy MBH2 of the Castle Morpeth District Local Plan as the site is neither brownfield nor infill and is not within the curtilage of existing properties.  The construction of 1 dwelling with the creation of a new access on agricultural land would constitute new housing development on greenfield land in a part of Medburn where only infill development on brownfield sites is permitted.   The construction of 6 further dwellings and associated access in this location will have a detrimental impact on the agricultural/rural and largely undeveloped character present in this part of the settlement, contrary to Policy H15 of the Castle Morpeth District Local Plan. The proposed layout is similar to that of a new estate format, whose appearance is out of character with the rest of Medburn, which has an uneven pattern of residential development in the rural setting. We are concerned that provision of a new highway access will facilitate further development creeping into adjacent greenfield, rural/agricultural open areas.  Medburn is a small settlement without any services, only a limited bus service and poor paths for cyclists and pedestrians. The construction of 6 more dwellings in addition to the recently approved construction of at least 50 new dwellings 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.

 

 

DATE OF NEXT MEETING:  15th May 2018

 
 

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