More than 300 people from across Ponteland and the surrounding area have attended the first public exhibition of plans for a proposed, high-quality residential development in the Northumberland community.
North East-based Banks Property hosted the event at Ponteland Leisure Centre to view outline plans for the proposed Ponteland Garden Village scheme at Clickemin Farm, which would be located on agricultural land on the south east side of the town, on either side of the A696.
The scheme is being designed to help to address the town’s acknowledged need for new housing, which will in turn support its long-term well-being by attracting and retaining young people and families, and would be created in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, with around one-third of the development area maintained as landscaped public open space.
The exhibition marks the beginning of an ongoing public engagement process to enable residents to voice their opinions, with the feedback received being used to help shape the final proposals for the scheme.
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director of Banks Property, says: “In holding this first exhibition, we were looking to get as much feedback as possible from local people about the ideas we’re putting forward and we’re grateful to everyone who took the time to attend.
“There is a real need for more housing to be made available in Ponteland to help people move to or stay in the town, and this is something that was appreciated by many of those attending our event.
“Meeting this need is a stated strategic aim towards which the county council is working, and one which we believe would be best addressed by the plans we’re putting forward.
“We firmly believe that everyone has a right to the opportunity to live in the place that they wish to be, and our aim now is to establish a meaningful dialogue with every part of the community around how this goal can best be achieved in Ponteland, where there isn’t enough available space to meet its housing needs by redeveloping brownfield sites alone.”
The Ponteland Garden Village scheme would include a range of community and environmental improvements that would be identified in partnership with local people, with the initial plans being considered including a proposal for a major upgrade of sports and leisure facilities.
Northumberland County Council’s recent Employment Land Review also identified Ponteland as having a need for new commercial development, and Banks’ proposals could also help meet this need by providing land and accommodation for employment use that will create new opportunities for local people and businesses.
Anyone who was unable to attend the exhibition, but who would like more information on the Ponteland Garden Village proposals can contact the Banks community relations team by calling 0191 378 6100or via email@example.com