Ponteland apartments plan looks set to be approved

Plans for 18 apartments at Ponteland look set to be approved, despite opposition from residents and the town council

Lesley Noble on land earmarked for new housing just off West Road in Ponteland
Lesley Noble on land earmarked for new housing just off West Road in Ponteland

Plans for new apartments in an upmarket Northumberland village look set to be given the green light, despite strong opposition.

Newcastle-based Galliford Try Partnerships’ bid for 18 apartments at Ponteland is being recommended for approval at a meeting tonight, despite objections from 57 residents and town councillors.

The application is for a site at Mill House on West Road, which was previously developed as the offices of Galliford Try. The offices have recently been demolished to make way for seven dwellings.

The site is within a flood risk zone, with the River Pont to its south, Ponteland Park to its south east and a Scout hut adjoining it.

Objections to the plans have flooded in from residents, and Ponteland Town Council.

They are based on the apartment building being too large, its design being “unsympathetic” to its surroundings, “insufficient” parking provision.

People also said the access road was too steep - posing problems in snow and ice, and feared that cars will have to park on the busy A696 and other surrounding roads, causing traffic problems.

Further concerns centre on flood risk - with fears a proposed septic tank could pollute the River Pont and the mill race, claims the site is an ecologically sensitive area - with questions over stability, protection and future maintenance along the river bank, and noise and light pollution.

Town council planning committee member Lesley Noble, who is to speak at tonight’s meeting, said: “There are lots of concerns, the building is too large.”

However, Northumberland County Council’s West area planning committee is being recommended to approve the application at its meeting tonight.

Galliford Try failed to provide a comment.

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