Application for police HQ site is made official

Plans for a large housing scheme in Ponteland have been submitted to the county council.

The outline bid by Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, has been put together to transform the Force’s headquarters site in the area.

Many of the buildings would be demolished to make way for new homes – up to 263 in total. Only the Northern Communications Centre and Command Suite would be retained.

This is the third application since 2000 where housing has been proposed. The two previous schemes would have involved constructing a modern police headquarters elsewhere on the site and using the freed up land to build up to 147 and 150 residential properties respectively.

However, neither came to fruition and there is room for more homes to be included in these plans because the Force now believes that having a traditional headquarters site is not the best way to deliver operational policing and services across neighbourhoods in the region.

The development would comprise of a mix of two, three, four and five bed semi-detached and detached homes. Information about the proposal was unveiled earlier this year and there was a public consultation event.

Application agents Lambert Smith Hampton say in the design and access statement: “The proposed site is already developed and so the scheme avoids using ‘greenfield’ land.

“The content of the master plan has a similar density to the previous proposal. In addition, the reduction in police facilities and the increase in residential facilities will broadly balance out in terms of vehicular movements.”