New residential development planned for Ponteland

May 21, 2012 | Community News

Initial ideas for a major new, high-quality family housing development in Ponteland which could help deliver significant new community facilities are set to be revealed. 

North East-based Banks Property, part of the family-owned Banks Group, has begun carrying out initial discussions with local community leaders and representatives about its proposed Clickemin scheme, which would be located on what is presently agricultural land on the south east side of the town, on either side of the B6545. 

Detailed proposals are currently in development and some distance away, but Banks will be holding a public exhibition this Summer at which it will be discussing the outline principles of the scheme with local people and listening to their views. The scheme could include a range of community and environmental improvements in the Northumberland town and the initial plans being considered include a proposal for a major upgrade of sports and leisure facilities.  With this in mind, Banks have been working alongside local sports clubs to help bring forward the Ponteland Sporting Club Project. 

The Clickemin scheme is designed to help address Ponteland’s acknowledged need for new housing, which will in turn support the town’s long-term well-being by attracting and retaining young people and families. 

Northumberland County Council’s recent Employment Land Review also identified Ponteland as having a need for new commercial development, and the scheme could also help meet this need by providing land and accommodation for employment use that will create new opportunities for local people and businesses. 

The Banks Group is renowned within the industry for the long-standing development with care approach that it takes to all its projects, and the Clickemin scheme would be created in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. 

Michael Shuttleworth, managing director of Banks Property, says: “Ponteland has proved itself as a fantastic and popular place to live, but the recent lack of new development and associated investment means that its supporting infrastructure is not everything it should be for such a town. 

“When compared to other similar settlements, Ponteland has fewer facilities when it comes to sports and leisure provision, retail choice, community and public buildings and family housing supply, and the Clickemin scheme that we are developing has the potential to make a significant positive impact across all these areas. 

“We are at a very early stage with this scheme and have much work to do on our designs before any planning application is submitted, early indications suggest the scheme could comprise in the region of 500 new homes.  We will of course take every care to ensure that the new development would be sympathetic to the existing surroundings in terms of scale and design.  

“The involvement of local people will be central to taking the design process forward, and we will provide every possible opportunity over the coming months for all interested parties to put forward their ideas about how this scheme might be shaped.”

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