Hall not connected with garden village bid

The exterior of Dissington Hall, which is not part of the plans for a garden village on The Dissington Estate nearby.
The exterior of Dissington Hall, which is not part of the plans for a garden village on The Dissington Estate nearby.

The owners of Dissington Hall near Ponteland have clarified its position following the announcement of garden village proposals.

Last week, Northumberland County Council’s cabinet agreed to the submission of an Expression of Interest to the Government for support in developing plans for land at The Dissington Estate, which is owned by Lugano Group.

Dissington Hall is a Grade II-listed Georgian mansion. It is the privately owned home of the Brown family, which has been the case since 1968.

In a statement to the Herald, owners Michael and Gill Brown said: “Dissington Hall is in no way connected with the application to build 1,800 homes.

“The surrounding agricultural land and some farm steadings were owned by the Church from 1955 until they were bought by developers Lugano Group in 2007.

“The only connection between Dissington Hall and the surrounding farmland is that it was all owned by the Collingwood family prior to 1955.

“The hall is surrounded by 27 acres of its own lawns and woodland – all under family ownership.

“Much of the hall has been recently refurbished, with some funding from the Rural Development Fund, and is now home to an enterprise hub comprising 12 thriving local employers, with a further eight spaces coming soon.

“It was formerly one of the most successful wedding venues in the North East.”