Anger over more bids for housing in Pont area

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Ponteland residents have reacted with dismay to further applications for new housing in the area.

Last month, hundreds took part in a protest at Coates Green after proposals for a Dissington Garden Village on land north and west of Darras Hall that would see up to 2,000 dwellings being built with facilities for employment, commercial, agricultural and leisure uses, and 400 new properties on land west of Cheviot View by Banks Property were given the thumbs-up by the county council’s strategic planning committee.

They are waiting to hear whether or not Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, calls them in for a planning inquiry.

Now an outline planning application has been lodged for the erection of 178 dwellings, including 44 extra care apartments, by Hellens Land Ltd on a site east of Willow Way, Callerton Lane.

In addition, Bellway Homes has submitted a proposal for a luxury 62-home development in the Medburn area.

Among the hundreds of objectors to the Hellens Land Ltd bid is Steve Murray, who said in his response: ‘I am sick and tired of being told that proposals such as this will benefit the village.

‘The facilities here are now at bursting point, in particular the welfare provision and the road structure.’