Planning Minutes 20th Feb 2018



20th February 2018

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


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors: Karen Overbury




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


1.1       Application No: 18/00317/FUL, Location: Plot 1 Harrison Hall, Medburn, NE20 0JD

Proposal: Construction of a detached 2 storey dwelling and a detached garage.


OBJECTION:  The Committee strongly supports the objections from the neighbours.

 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: 18/00384/FUL Location: Dilston House, Higham Dykes, Milbourne, Ponteland NE20 0DH. Proposal: Replacement of 2 windows with dormer windows to the existing house. Construction of a new garage and workshop to accommodate 8 no cars.


OBJECTION:  The Committee object to the structure (the garage) which will be created in an area of Green Belt which is contra to Castle Morpeth District Local Plan Green Belt policy C17 which states development involving the construction of new buildings in the green belt will not be permitted.

Also, the National Planning Policy Framework section 9. Protecting green belt land,

The fundamental aim of Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open; the essential characteristics of Green Belts are their openness and their permanence.

Also policy PNP2 High Quality and Inclusive Design.

Development will be supported where it demonstrates high quality and inclusive design.

Respects the character of the site and its surroundings in terms of its location, layout, proportion, form, massing, density, height, size, scale, materials and detailed design features.


The Committee made no comments about the other 7 applications considered.




2.1       DECISION:  17/04278/FUL, 7 Runnymede Road, Ponteland, NE20 9HE. Proposed single storey rear extension.

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


2.2       DECISION:  17/03957/FUL, 147 Middle Drive, Ponteland, NE20 9DT. Proposed extensions (as Amended 24/1/18)

Permission granted under delegated powers on 12th Feb 2018. The Committee objected to this application.


2.3       DECISION:  17/04627/FUL, 3 Woodfields, Eland Haugh, Ponteland, NE20 9XP. Proposed bedroom over existing garage and single storey rear extension.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 12th Feb 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.


2.4       DECISION:  17/04551/FUL, 193 Edge Hill, Ponteland, NE20 9JN. Proposed porch, and internal alterations to create dining room, and conversion of coal store and storage to create utility room.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 15th Feb 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.



DATE OF NEXT MEETING:  6th March 2018


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