Group to consider options following housing bid appeal

A group of residents will discuss its response to a housing application appeal at a meeting next week.

It was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by Lugano Group just before the May 1 deadline. The company’s bid for up to 280 homes and other facilities on a site at Birney Hill in Ponteland was turned down by Northumberland County Council’s West Area Planning Committee in October.

The Ponteland Greenbelt Group has been campaigning against the plans and it has received big backing from the community as a total of 4,310 objections were submitted. There were also 487 letters supporting the scheme.

Its AGM is taking place on Friday, May 16 in Ponteland Memorial Hall from 7pm.

Chair Alma Dunigan said: “We are not surprised by Lugano registering an appeal with the Inspectorate, even though they only just met the deadline. As an appellant, it is their right to make such an appeal if they feel they have grounds for re-consideration.

“We are not put off by an appeal – whether it is a public inquiry or a hearing, we will have to wait and see. In the meantime, we will be considering our options with our supporters over the coming weeks.”

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