Planning Minutes 7th Aug 2018




7th Aug 2018


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


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors: Mrs C Caisley and Mr T Edwards-Clay




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


1.1       Application No: 18/02521/FUL, Location: 151 Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9HN Proposal: Proposed 8.5m high detached dwelling on land at rear of 151 Runnymede Road (Site2)


Objection: The Committee note the concerns of the residents at Windsor Place and wish to make the following objection. The proposal is contrary to Policy PNP4 d of the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan. The trees and hedgerows at the rear of the development site are of significant local amenity in that they are an important and well used wildlife corridor for several species of wildlife, including but not limited to hedgehogs, foxes, badgers and red squirrels. Residents at both Windsor Place and 151 Runnymede Road have been able to enjoy this natural amenity for many years however ongoing back land/infill development has depleted the number and size of wildlife corridors available throughout Darras Hall. This application seeks only to remove one mature tree to facilitate development, however the Committee are aware that plans to extend the development to a further two sites may follow, and it is this potential incremental depletion of the natural local amenity that the Committee wish to protect. This being the case, should this application be successful; the Committee would ask that a condition is imposed to protect all the remaining the trees and hedgerows in perpetuity. This is so the natural wildlife corridor will be preserved and maintained, most importantly for the protection of the wildlife, but also for continued enjoyment by the local residents going forward.

The Committee note also the objections raised by the Lead Local Flood Authority regarding risks involved with building over an existing watercourse and the potential for exacerbating already high-risk flooding possibilities in this area and concur with their assessment that this should be avoided.


1.2       Application No: 18/02543/OUT, Location: Land North of View Farm, The Avenue, Medburn, Proposal: Outline application for 13 no detached dwellings with associated garages, access and parking (all matters reserved)


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 13 dwellings 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 13 dwellings in this location would have a detrimental impact on the agricultural/rural and undeveloped character present in this part of the settlement, contrary to Policy H15 of the Castle Morpeth District Local Plan. * The house style and road layout create 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.  * Medburn is a small settlement without any services, only a limited bus service and poor paths for cyclists and pedestrians. The construction of 13 more dwellings in addition to the approval of construction of approximately 152 new dwellings in Medburn since 2013, will have an overwhelming and adverse impact on what was once a small settlement of 21 dwellings (ref electoral register 2015) Also the C345, is a narrow country lane and the only access road. In the case that this application is permitted, the Committee respectfully request that condition be imposed to ensure that damage caused to the access road ‘The Avenue’ by sustained use of heavy plant, be made good following completion of the development works.


1.3       Application No: 18/00504/ADE, Location: Dobbie’s Roundabout, Proposal: Resubmission and amended signs attached


Objection:  The Planning Committee wish to again strongly object to this proposal on the grounds that any advertising at this site is viewed as a problem, that it is very likely to cause a high risk of distraction for motorists and therefore likely to result in an increased risk to road safety. This particular roundabout is a notorious blackspot for accidents due to what is believed to be an adverse camber on the roundabout. It is the scene of frequent skidding and several serious road traffic accidents; a number of minor accidents have also been recorded on the roundabout and on the approach road. Indeed, Highways England have commented that in principle they would not normally allow advertising on roads in close proximity to the Trunk Road Network, for the very reason that it would cause an unnecessary distraction to road users and result in an increased risk to road safety.

The Committee note that there is already chevron road signage at this location and concede that this is necessary for the safe and correct use of the roundabout, however additional signage would mean a greater risk of potential collision with an obstacle in the event of an accident.

Finally, this roundabout has a rural aspect and is the Gateway to Northumberland on the A696. The committee feel that an advertising proposal at this rural gateway location is wholly inappropriate and have great concerns that if this were to be approved, that it would set a precedent within Ponteland for future advertisers. The Committee believe that the proposal is contrary to the policy PNP7 for the reasons supplied above and ask that the proposal be refused.



The Committee made no comments about the other 8 applications considered.




2.1       DECISION:  18/01919/VARYCO, 3 Pembroke Drive, Darras Hall, Ponteland, NE20 9HS. Proposed Removal of condition 5 (windows the be obscurely glazed) pursuant of approved planning application 14/03890/FUL


Permission granted under delegated powers on 24th July 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.



2.2       DECISION:  18/01589/FUL, 2 West Road, Ponteland, NE20 9SU. Proposed single storey sun room extension.


Permission granted under delegated powers on 24th July 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.



2.3       DECISION:  18/01884/VARYCO, 1 and 2 Smithy Cottages, Milbourne, Ponteland, NE20 0EE. Proposed Variation of condition 2 (in accordance with approved plans) pursuant to planning permission 16/00529/FUL in order to allow a variation of the elevations to include dormer and velux windows and a window to the ground floor west elevation.


Permission granted under delegated powers on 24th July 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.


2.4       DECISION:  18/01930/FUL, 7 Callerton Lane, Ponteland, NE20 9EL. Proposed Internal alternations and construction of new garage with extension above, partial loft conversion with single dormer window to the front and box dormer extension to the rear, and construction of single storey rear extension


Permission granted under delegated powers on 24th July 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.



2.5       DECISION:  18/01995/FUL, 18 Guardians Court, Ponteland, NE20 9UG. Proposed single storey rear extension, new window openings and internal alterations


Permission granted under delegated powers on 25th July 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.



2.6       DECISION:  18/ 01943/FUL, 16 Meadowvale, Darras Hall, Ponteland, NE20 9NF. Proposed Construction of first floor rear extension.


Permission granted under delegated powers on 25th July 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.



2.7       DECISION:  18/01962/FUL, Dobbies Garden Craft Centre Street Houses Ponteland, NE20 9BT. Proposed polytunnel extension


Permission granted under delegated powers on 1st August 2018. The Committee had made no comment about this application.


DATE OF NEXT MEETING:  21st August 2018


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