Residents have their say on planning

PONTELAND residents can have their say about the area’s development at a planning ideas day.

The event in the Memorial Hall on Thursday has been organised by the Lugano Group on behalf of investors.

It will include workshops, a presentation and the chance to explore design ideas and suggestions for change in housing, shops, businesses, leisure and green areas.

Planners, engineers and ecologists will be on hand from 10am to discuss people’s concerns and future hopes for Ponteland. It will run all day, with the presentation of findings starting at 7pm.

Mayor Peter Cowey said: “It’s important that as many residents as possible go along to put forward their views.

“The night before this event we hope to pass our draft local plan, which fits in with Northumberland County Council’s Local Development Framework process. This would allow councillors to discuss openly with the Lugano Group about our long-term aspirations for the town. We will also be holding our own meeting at the Memorial Hall about the document, which will form part of our consultation with the public. People’s comments will help us to come up with the final plan.”