Public see new proposal for headquarters

PONTELAND residents recently had the opportunity to view the new plans for the Northumbria Police headquarters site in the area.

A public roadshow took place at Merton Hall and over 100 people attended. Those who went along were able to see where up to 263 homes would be built if the outline proposal comes to fruition.

Representatives from the Force, planning consultants Lambert Smith Hampton, traffic consultants Pell Frischman and architects Archial were on hand to answer questions.

Northumbria Police Estates Manager John Leslie said: “People were very interested to hear what the proposal involved and asked many questions, particularly in relation to the infrastructure of the site and the surrounding road network.

“Their opinions will be considered along with all the comments we received during the consultation process, which ended yesterday.

“We hope the event answered any concerns or issues people had and we are grateful for all the feedback and input from residents.”

Changes to the initial plans were made because the Force decided that having a traditional headquarters site was not considered the best way to deliver operational policing and services across neighbourhoods in the region.

The development would comprise of a mix of three, four and five bed semi-detached and detached homes. The masterplan is centred around maintaining the listed buildings on the site.

Under the proposal, the amount of accommodation occupied by the police would be significantly reduced – just the Northern Communications Centre and Command Suite would be retained.