Delay hits town plan

THERE has been a slight delay in the latest stage of Ponteland’s regeneration scheme.

Discussions are advanced between Northumberland County Council (NCC) and MKP Ponteland Ltd to progress the re-development of Merton Way.

A development agreement is the next step in the process and a decision was expected to be made on this by the authority’s Executive next month.

But at a meeting of Ponteland Town Council, Mayor Peter Cowey read out an e-mail from NCC West Area Regeneration Manager Cameron Scott which said it will now be taken in October.

A detailed report will require initial approval from the county council’s Senior Management Team (SMT).

The e-mail says: “At a meeting of the SMT on Tuesday, August 9, the report was discussed (along with others) as part of the consideration of the agenda for future meetings.

“It was agreed that given the significance of the scheme to Ponteland, it was vital that SMT were able to give it the appropriate level of consideration it deserved, which would not be possible within the current time frame.

“As a result the report will now be presented to SMT in September for approval by the Executive at its meeting on October 3.”

The project includes a new library, retail units, residential accommodation, modern office space and an increase in green space.

The central hub will offer a public space for markets, flower shows and other events, using sympathetic architecture to retain the ‘village’ feel.