Pont housing bid now lodged with council

An aerial view of the proposed site at West Clickemin Farm.

An aerial view of the proposed site at West Clickemin Farm.

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Revised plans for hundreds of new homes in Ponteland have been submitted to the county council, after being unveiled to the public last month.

Banks Property, part of the Banks Group, has now lodged its application for around 400 family homes on a 21-hectare site to the west of the A696 and north of the B6545, as part of a development known as West Clickemin Farm.

Jessica Holt, graduate development surveyor with the Banks Group, with resident Dr Stewart Blair at the recent exhibition.

Jessica Holt, graduate development surveyor with the Banks Group, with resident Dr Stewart Blair at the recent exhibition.

Last month, the proposals for the scheme were displayed at various locations around Ponteland and the company says that feedback gathered from visitors to the exhibitions was used by the project team as the application was finalised.

The plans have been refined over several years to allow for a substantial amount of information about the site and the wider local area to be gathered, collated and factored into it.

Michael Shuttleworth, managing director at Banks Property, said: “Over the last few months, we have been working towards finalising the design for our West Clickemin Farm development and we are pleased to have now reached this important landmark.

“The feedback we received from visitors to our recent displays in the town has been very useful and we were pleased with the numbers who expressed their support for the project, especially from some of the residents who live close to the proposed site.

“Staying in or moving to the places in which people want to live should be an option for everyone and increasing the supply of quality homes across our region through developments such as this will contribute to making this a realistic goal.”

He added: “We have created a high-quality development scheme for what we believe is the most appropriate location in the area for residential development, a view that is backed up by its inclusion in the draft core strategy as being appropriate for housing as part of a wider mixed-use development, and we believe the many benefits that it would bring to the local area all add up to a very strong case for its approval by the county council’s planning committee.”