Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Win or Lose: Battle for Greenbelt Is Nearing End

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Win or Lose: Battle for Greenbelt Is Nearing End

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Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter Brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk

NORTHUMBERLAND is approaching "D-day" in the battle over the future of its greenbelt, a county MP has claimed. Hexham Conservative Guy Opperman said county residents fighting housing schemes and local authority plans to delete sections of greenbelt to make way for residential and business development would win or lose in the next few months.

He spoke of his hope that one particular housing bid at Ponteland would be defeated and hit out at "large scale and unnecessary incursions into the greenbelt" being proposed by local council bosses at that community and at Hexham.

The MP's words were last night supported by those fighting green belt deletion at Hexham who claimed local authority leaders were using "grossly inflated" housing figures to justify the move.

The Journal has previously reported how Northumberland County Council is proposing to delete swathes of greenbelt at towns and villages across its boundaries, to allow for the house building and creation of employment sites it says are needed to cope with a forecasted population rise of 10% by 2031.

At Hexham, the authority is proposing to delete greenbelt west of the town, between the B6531 and the B6305, to allow the building of 600 homes and business development.

Residents have formed an action group to fight the plan.

Council bosses are also anticipating 750 homes be built at Ponteland, in a draft version of their local development framework which has been out to consultation.

Meanwhile, developer Lugano is seeking planning permission to build 280 homes on greenbelt at the settlement, along with provision of office, retail, educational or community facilities and a community farm.

The move saw 4,310 letters submitted to the county council in opposition. …

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