Public exhibition for Banks Property’s Ponteland proposals

August 13, 2012 | Community News

Outline plans for a major new, high-quality family housing development in Ponteland which could help deliver significant new community facilities will go on show to the public for the first time later this month. 

North East-based Banks Property, part of the family-owned Banks Group, has begun a public engagement programme around its proposed Ponteland Garden Village scheme at Clickemin Farm, which would be located on what is presently agricultural land on the south east side of the town, on either side of the A696.

 Detailed proposals are currently in development and remain some distance away, but Banks will be sharing its initial ideas at a public exhibition between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesday 15th August at Ponteland Leisure Centre. 

Banks’ representatives will be on hand to answer any queries visitors have about any part of the scheme, and to gather feedback from them which will be used as part of the design development process. 

Michael Shuttleworth, managing director of Banks Property, says: “Whilst our design work is still at a very early stage, we are trying to provide as much information as we can about the nature and location of our proposed development as early as we can. 

“The Banks project team has already made direct contact with a number of local individuals and groups to get their initial feedback on our ideas, and our aim is to use this exhibition to gather comments, views and ideas from a wider cross-section of the community.

“This information we pick up will directly influence the planning application that will eventually be submitted to the county council, and we hope as many local people as possible will be able to come along and talk to us. 

“Banks is renowned within our industry for the long-standing development with care approach that we take to all our projects, and we have been working in Northumberland for more than three decades, so we fully understand the character of the area and appreciate the matters that need to be addressed as part of these proposals. 

“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.” 

The Ponteland Garden Village scheme would 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 it would be created in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. 

It could include a range of community and environmental improvements, 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.

Michael Shuttleworth continues: “The County Council has recognised the need to address the shortage of affordable housing in Ponteland, which would support the town’s long-term well-being by attracting and retaining young people and families, and there is also a wider community aspiration for improvements to be made to local leisure facilities. 

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

“Having reviewed the options available, we believe that the site we have chosen is the most appropriate location for development, as Ponteland does not have the amount of brownfield land required to address its housing needs solely through the redevelopment of that type of site.”

Anyone who is unable to attend the event, 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 ponteland@banksgroup.co.uk

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