Northumberland County Council’s planning committee backs West Clickemin farm proposals in Ponteland

March 22, 2017 | Property News

Members of Banks Property’s West Clickemin Farm project team - (from left) Paul Langley, Justin Hancock and Stuart Morgan

Proposals for a new residential development in Ponteland have won the support of Northumberland County Council’s planning committee.

Banks Property, part of regional employer the Banks Group, put forward plans for around 400 family homes on a 21 hectare site to the west of the A696 and north of the B6545 as part of a development known as West Clickemin Farm.

After holding a number of public exhibitions in the area last year at which feedback was gathered from local people on its plans, Banks Property submitted its proposals to the County Council in November, and the Strategic Planning Committee has now decided that it is minded to approve them. The planning application had been refined over a period of several years to allow for a substantial amount of information about the site, which has long been recognised as appropriate for development of this type.

As well as the new homes it includes, the West Clickemin Farm development will also help to bring forward new educational and leisure facilities for Ponteland, and Banks Property is now looking to move the development forward as soon as possible.

Michael Shuttleworth, managing director at Banks Property, says: “Having had a recommendation for approval for our West Clickemin Farm proposals from Northumberland County Council’s planning officers, we are very pleased that the members of the Council’s strategic planning committee have been minded to agree with them.

“This is a site which has long been recognised as appropriate for development of the type we were proposing, and our proposals for it were carefully developed over a number of years to allow for a substantial amount of information about the site and the wider local area to be carefully factored into them.

“We’re very grateful to all those who took part in the extensive local consultation work we undertook around this project, particularly those who gave their backing to our plans, and we are especially pleased that this project will allow us to contribute towards improving the educational and leisure facilities that are available to people living in and around Ponteland.

“There is a clear and increasingly pressing need right across North East England to increase the available supply of quality homes, a need which the West Clickemin Farm scheme will help to address, and while the council’s decision is now likely to be reviewed by the Secretary of State, we believe there is a strong case for him to allow it to stand.”

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