Pont residents gather for big protest

At the demonstration, members of the Ponteland Green Belt Group encouraged people who had yet to do so to sign its petition.
At the demonstration, members of the Ponteland Green Belt Group encouraged people who had yet to do so to sign its petition.

Hundreds of Ponteland residents attended a demonstration on Saturday to show their anger at major developments that have received Northumberland County Council approval.

They gathered on Coates Green from 11am and organisers were pleased with the turnout. Guy Opperman, MP for the Hexham constituency, attended the protest.

Last month, 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 council’s strategic planning committee in a majority vote.

The local authority’s bid for a new leisure centre, library and primary and secondary school on the current leisure-centre site and green-belt land next to it was also approved.

All three applications were referred to the National Planning Casework Unit and Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, could call them in for a planning inquiry.

Ponteland Green Belt Group has started a petition asking him to do so and it currently has more than 1,200 signatures – 983 online and the rest handwritten signatures.

To see the petition online, click here.