Concern over the potential rise in area’s population

IMPROVEMENTS to infrastructure must be carried out before hundreds of new homes in Ponteland are built, according to a former town councillor.

Alan Mee has called on Northumberland County Council to address issues such as the road network, medical facilities and drainage as he is concerned that large housing schemes would cause major problems if they are given planning approval.

He has spoken out after going along to the public roadshow at Merton Hall where Northumbria Police’s proposal for up to 263 homes at its headquarters site was on display.

Other sites in the area have been earmarked for housing by developers, including Birney Hill and Clickemin Farm.

“I fully understand that a programme to upgrade the total infrastructure of Ponteland will not happen overnight,” said Mr Mee.

“However, it should be prioritised and aligned by the county council as soon as possible with the more favoured and well served areas of the county.

“Hundreds of homes are proposed but where do the inflated population fit in these grand schemes?

“The schools are full, the medical facilities stretched, the sewage system antiquated and the drainage system is in need of regular cleaning. In addition, the roads are totally gridlocked at least twice daily, with emergency vehicles having no chance to pass through.”

Northumbria Police said that some of the people who went to the roadshow asked questions and made comments about the impact on Ponteland’s infrastructure as well as the site itself.

Its development would comprise a mix of three, four and five-bed semi-detached and detached homes.