Council selects key statement for plan

The vision statement for the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan is now in place.

Members of the town council voted from a choice of options after the steering group was evenly split on the matter.

The statement is as follows: ‘Ponteland will maintain its identity as a sustainable, thriving community, accessible to people of all ages.

‘A gateway to Northumberland, which values its rural setting, rich heritage, natural environment and open spaces, it will remain visually distinct and separate from the Newcastle/Tyneside conurbation, meeting the needs of the local population without compromising this distinction.

‘The special identities of Darras Hall, the historic core of Ponteland village and the small settlements in the parish will be maintained and enhanced for future generations, making the parish of Ponteland a desirable place to live, work and visit.’

Meanwhile, Monday is the deadline to complete and return the steering group’s housing survey. It was delivered to homes six weeks ago. It is available online –