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We have now prepared our response to the final consultation. It is quite technical and covers 12 separate documents but we hope that we have been able to incorporate all our concerns. You can download the documents below:
ALL Submission Drafts Oct 13 (ZIP)
CS1 Final (DOC)
CS4 Final (DOC)
CS10 Final (DOC)
CS11 Final (DOC)
CS13 Final (DOC)
CS14 Final (DOC)
CS15 Final (DOC)
CS16 Final (DOC)
CS17 Final (DOC)
CS18 Final (DOC)
CS19 Final (DOC)
NV3 Throckley Final (DOC)
The next stage will be a Public Inquiry next spring.
The most recent intelligence on the school site is that according to a phone conversation with a planning officer it appears that the site has been removed from the ONE CORE STRATEGY but that does not mean that is free from future development plans. Indeed as we have already reported that there are documents showing it as development potential, and as giving access to the fields earmarked for development.
Once again, can we thank everyone for their support.
Further to the post below regarding our last opportunity to put our case forward at next year’s Public inquiry, it now seems that the official form which has to show who we represent, is to be completed with names addresses and signatures.
We are unable to get round everyone, so please spare a few minutes to call at our house to sign.
16, Drove Rd Throckley
We will be at home on Sunday from around 12 pm, Monday morning and evening, and most of Tuesday & Wednesday.
Pat and Idwal
You may have visited a drop in session recently, part of the FINAL consultation round before next year’s Public Inquiry, and probably concluded that this is a legally required stage where the Council is not expecting considerable input from the public.
However, we (representing STOP), and the wider Newcastle umbrella group, Cities 4 People, are working on submissions which will meet the criteria and allow us to make a case at the Inquiry.
To submit these it is a requirement to include a list of names and postal addresses of people we represent.
All those on the STOP email list will have their names and addresses appended as people we represent, unless we hear from them to the contrary.
If you are not on the STOP email list and would like to be represented, please send us your name and full postal address via our contact page. Your details will only be used for the purpose of this submission. If you would also like to be added to the email list, please let us know.
The submission has to be in by 21st October.
The main Planning document relating to the Throckley North site, when we recently viewed it, showed housing development on the School field and vehicle access onto Hexham Road. The document, “Throckley North Development and Capacity Framework” is part of a series covering all the proposed sites, and was obtained after a phone call to a Planning Officer on 0191 211 6044.
WE WILL TRY TO CLARIFY THE SITUATION
Another round of consultation on the One Core Strategy begins this week, with Newcastle and Gateshead operating a joint framework.
You may have received a letter about this, but if not, there are drop in sessions at Throckley Community hall (the Store hall) on Tuesday 10th September between 2 and 4, then on Thursday 12th between 4 and 7.30.
The letter states that this stage is the opportunity for people to make comments before the Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State. This consultation “is focused on the actual policies of the Plan and how these respond to the needs of Gateshead and Newcastle”.
Officers will be present as usual to answer questions.
Thanks for various emails from STOP members. We may have missed something but it seems the School playing field at Throckley as well as the Walbottle proposals have been taken out of the submitted plan.
These are positive outcomes but we feel that they would not have happened without the efforts of the campaigns to save the greenbelt. They still do not deal with many concerns that STOP and other campaign groups emphasised.
Such matters will still be debated leading up to the Public inquiry.
The efforts of many of our local residents are to be congratulated, but the fight goes on!
We understand that there is news on the One Core Strategy which is to be announced on the 16th July by the Council.
This concerns housing development sites across the city.
Aspects relevant to our campaign are, that although no proposals are now on the table for Walbottle, due to site difficulties (some good news there),there is no change to the Throckley housing proposals.
Going back on earlier access proposals, the idea now is to use the roundabout near the brickworks for access to the largest site below Drove Road (at least some sense there!).
Much of the other proposals nearby, including Callerton, are largely unchanged.
The fight is not over, as a Public Inquiry still needs to take place, and S.T.O.P. will be active in that.
It has been some time since our last communication not because we have gone away but simply because there hasn’t been much to report. However now there is some news.
The City council have decided to delay the outcome of the second round of consultations until 23 April 2013. This is the 3rd or maybe the 4th time they have postponed it. Presumably they feel that they have enough protest at the moment with their budget cuts proposals.
We also hear the arch proponent of the One Core strategy Henri Murison is leaving the Council.
One thing that is certain though is that whenever they report, and whoever is in charge, the S.T.O.P. campaign will be there to oppose these dreadful plans.
Thanks for your continuing support.
Email received via this web site from David Walsh:
Dear group, You are having problems with unwanted development. You are not alone. Individual areas are being picked off one by one. If we all fight our battles separately, we will all lose. The remedy is to bring people into contact with each other, so that they can share experience and skills. The “whosehomeisit” site lists groups by county, to help identify others close by, and we are adding more as we identify them. It also provides links to useful documents. I wish you every success, and a few groups have succeeded, at least for now. However, there are appeals, and there will always be the next application. We need to change the ground rules, so that we are not forever on the back foot. Epetition number 36049 aims to secure a debate in parliament to change planning policy. It needs more signatures to succeed than one group could possibly raise. However, there are hundreds of groups with similar issues. If we all sign, it becomes possible. If you agree, please sign the petition, and pass it on using all means to hand. Best regards, David Walsh
Click Here to view the latest edition of the WS+ Newsletter. Page 4: Council Cabinet member Henri Murison snubs public call for One Core Strategy housing summit debate – and how that could be a suicide move for Labour in the 2014 council elections. Plus: Campaign group that packs a big punch.
The local Councillors are doing a walkabout on Saturday 10th November along Hexham Road from the Frenchman’s to Coach road. They have leafleted the area inviting people to join them and discuss issues.
This is a prime opportunity to show them how much opposition there is to the One Core Strategy. It is worth noting that Pat has emailed them twice requesting a meeting date with STOP shortly after the outcome of the 2nd consultation – - no response.
The walkabout starts at the Frenchman’s at 10am. It is a little unclear how it will proceed, though it covers the area of interest to us and seems to extend to Coach Road. If you want to come but can’t get there for 10, you could ring Pat on her mobile number 07905858178 on the morning to find out where the walkabout has got to.
Last Friday, Idwal and Pat went to Catherine McKinnell’s surgery at the Grange in Throckley. As at other meetings, the MP was polite and very sympathetic especially over the implications of current problems at Millvale for future housing development.
She has put in her own contribution to the 2nd consultation, and like ourselves awaits the meeting on the 12th December (now twice postponed from earlier dates!) when the outcome will be reported.
Please Click Here to view the October edition of the WS+ newsletter. Page 2: More Housing Woe? – Labour Cabinet defer review of One Core Strategy and why city’s two main regeneration sites will not supply Labour’s fantasy annual new homes target. Plus: Labour’s over-hyped £25million Future Homes Fund has only £94,000 and new Council Tax may have to feed it.
Click here for the latest WS+ newsletter with consultation analysis. Content includes:
Page 1: Growing Storm – Labour council’s guesswork jigsaw puzzle on Core Strategy housing infuriates city protest groups. Plus: Labour will pick new council chief.
Page 2: Public Backlash – Nearly nine in 10 responses are against One Core Strategy and Labour’s Let’s Talk consultation stunts. Plus: Labour Cabinet’s dodgy Let’s Talk trip to Walker.
Page 3: Do It My Way – Labour Leader inflicts his political policies on charities and firms seeking council contracts – and reveals council staff will be switched to new employers to help run his co-operative community services. Plus: Has Labour’s co-op schools plan flopped?
Page 4: Changing Care Services – Council contracts for home-care providers halved and re-shaped into city zones and big revamp for dementia services. Plus: Two political parties share council power to save taxpayers money.
Some questions being asked by the Gosforth group over the proposed bypass:
Dear Councillor Murison,
With regard to the above, you made various statements, which were quoted in The Newcastle Journal of September 6th. As a result, we would like answers to the following questions:
1. You are quoted as saying that “Whatever happens, there will be massive investment in public transport here.” As you have used the word ‘massive’, you clearly have some idea of the scale of that investment, and who would provide it.
(a) How much investment is proposed for public transport?
(b) Who will pay for that investment? Will it come from the government, council tax payers, or developers?
2. Both the Newcastle Journal and the Evening Chronicle the night before referred to the possibility of a sixty million pound road west of the present A1, and that it would be paid for by developers. You are also quoted as saying “There will have to be expansion in the west, and that means we prepare for it, not just with this road, which will have to come first…”
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If you are interested to see the account of the Walbottle public meeting, which will stay in the memory of those who attended for a long time, look at the July issue of Walker Spy which also has other interesting revelations about the Council’s plans for the future.
The second consultation phase has seen a lot of effort put in by campaigners in Throckley. Standard letters were delivered to nearly 2000 homes and we hope that many residents will complete and send these in to the Council.
Many people helped in this task, and thanks go to Dorothy, Helen, Nancy, Jane, Kevin, Anne, Angeline and family, Jim, Caroline, Eric, Ian, Wendy and Wendy’s neice.
The phase ends formally on September 13th and we plan to have a coffee morning shortly after that to catch up after the summer.
Pat registered a formal complaint with the Council regarding the consultation phase, and has received a reply from Steve Parks, Head of Communication and Marketing. There is not an avenue to take this further other than to ask for a review by the Council’s Corporate complaints Officer, which Pat is preparing. The Local government Ombudsman does not deal with general issues. only those that have a specific consequence for an individual.
1) As part of our campaign we have produced, for every house in Throckley, a standard letter objecting to the proposals for sites 4944 and 4945, together with an envelope already addressed with the Council Freepost address, and a brief attachment which includes the STOP contact details and asks people to put their names and addresses together with an individual comment on the standard letter before posting.
Several volunteers have helped in the production task of 2000+ letters and in the distribution! Many thanks.
2) The sincerity of the Council’s consultation process is a matter of public interest. Many people have observed that it seems designed NOT to inform.
Pat McGee has registered a formal complaint under the Council’s complaints procedure. Pat is compiling a dossier of examples of the deliberately misleading information material, including the CityLife 4-page extract. If you have any examples please get in touch with Pat by clicking HERE or calling 0191 264 2688.
Newcastle City Council have recently published a report called THE STRATEGIC LAND REVIEW -PART 2 (SLR) on phase 1 of their consultations with the public about the ONE CORE STRATEGY, and Throckley has been identified as a: village growth area!
The full implication of some of the details is becoming clearer, not least by the statement that the preferred access to site 4944 (530 houses proposed) is through Fernhill House on Hexham road at the Bank Top. To gain access to site 4944 the proposal is to build on half of Throckley Primary School playing field-houses plus an access road (site 4945). This in itself is contentious! The implications for the whole village if this goes ahead are momentous.
In practice, the first phase of development of sites 4945 and 4944 would be to build the road through Fernhill, so that all construction and material traffic would be using Hexham road and the new junction required. This traffic could enter the village from the A69 by-pass along Ponteland Road, from Newcastle on the West Road, from the south along Newburn Road, or from the west through Heddon!! THE WHOLE VILLAGE WILL BE AFFECTED. The stated date for the completion of this development is 2030, hence 18 years!!
Our Campaign is stepping up a gear in response to the intransigence of the council.
Every home in Throckley is soon receiving a model letter through the door, with an invitation to sign it and send it to the Civic Centre.
You may wish of course to write your own personal letter stressing your particular concerns.
Clearly a massive response is needed to get our opposition through to them. Please encourage everyone and everybody to participate.
Electronic copies are available by clicking HERE.
We are often told that there are still many people in the area unaware of the proposals and of the nightmare that they will bring. After this exercise we hope that nobody will underestimate the devastating effect on our community.
Thanks for your continued support.
MP for Newcastle North, Catherine McKinnell is holding a surgery on:
6th July, 11am: The Grange Centre, Newburn Road, Throckley, NE15 9AF.
She has been helpful in the last round and we need to gain her support again. Are you able to go to see her? It would be good for her to see some new faces promoting our campaign.
Also, our local Councillors are holding their next surgery on:
14th July, 10am: Walbottle Institute, Walbottle Road, Walbottle, NE15 8HY.
Please press them to support us.