Welcome to the Ponteland Community Partnership

Neighbourhood Plan gets local recognition and moves forward

The Ponteland Community Partnership welcomes three former members of the neighbourhood plan steering group onto the committee to work as a discrete subgroup to identify suitable projects for the future. Guy Opperman MP takes time out to support the next steps and projects from the plan and Darras Hall Estates Committee recognise the contribution made by volunteers.

The neighbourhood plan document includes 32 planning policies all prepared from community consultations over a 5 year period, throughout this time residents recommended valuable contributions which in turn shaped the final document. Some items could not be included in the plan as they were not within its scope; however some of these were selected as “future community actions” and were attached in the plan as an appendix to be considered by other organisations. It is this section and other ideas from the supportive text in the plan which this new subgroup will be considering later as projects.

The Community Partnership chairman Alma Dunigan met with Guy Opperman recently to update him on how the “made neighbourhood plan” is to be used by their group in identifying future projects.

Alma Dunigan said “This is an exciting well timed opportunity, the plan gives our group flexibility to view new possibilities for projects; this means that the vision of the plan continues and we can consider what else could enhance the quality of life”

Vision Statement

  • Ponteland will maintain its identity as a sustainable, thriving community, accessible to people of all ages.
  • A gateway to Northumberland, which values its rural setting, rich heritage, natural environment and open spaces.
  • It will remain visually distinct and separate from the Newcastle/Tyneside conurbation, meeting the needs of the local population, without compromising this distinction.
  • The special identities of Darras Hall, the historic core of Ponteland village and the small settlements in the Parish will be maintained and enhanced for future generations, making the Parish of Ponteland a desirable place to live, work and visit.

Guy Opperman MP said, “The Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan is a valuable document. I want to thank the Steering Group and all the local community who have worked so hard on it. I hope the Ponteland Community Partnership will now be working with the local community together to formulate next steps. It was a pleasure to sit down with Alma and go through the neighbourhood plan, and I hope that the next chapter will show that this is a great step forward for Ponteland.”

Last month the Chairman of Darras Hall Estate Committee, Andrew Mate, presented a commemorative plaque at the Annual General Meeting on the 26th March 2018; in gratitude to the former Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group represented by:-

Chris Winks, representing the Village.
Councillor Peter Jackson, representing the rural district.
Alma Dunigan, representing Darras Hall.

The Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan contains a planning policy, PNP 4, covering some of the unique features of the Darras Hall Trust Deed which now will be used by Northumberland County Council when considering any planning application within the Estate.

Darras Hall properties need to comply with the Bylaws and all applications need covenant consent by the Darras Hall Estate Committee as well as planning approval from Northumberland County Council.


The community partnership was set up in 2003 to identify the things that really matter to people of all ages who live and work in Ponteland Civil Parish which could and would improve their quality of life.

To achieve these aims we intend to involve the community, businesses, local organisations and the Town Council in creating meaningful realistic projects which would be funded by a variety of sources. The community partnership shares the vision of the Neighbourhood Plan and supports the community aspirations for Ponteland in the future.

To keep up to date with our progress please view the Pont News & Views, which is delivered to you free of charge.

We would welcome your ideas for new projects that would benefit the ‘quality of life in the Civil parish of Ponteland’ if you have any ideas please use our contact page to get in touch or come to our monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of every month, except December, at the Town Council Offices at Meadowfield Court (opposite the Medical Centre), Meadowfield Estate.


What is a Community Partnership?

Partnerships are – in the broadest sense – connections between and among people and groups to share interests, concerns and create visions for the future.
Historically, partnerships have been formed to educate, open discussion and address and solve problems among all parties involved and affected as well as stakeholders in all parts of the problems/issues and solutions.

What is the Ponteland Community Partnership?

A group of like minded volunteers who also represent local groups or organisations who share a common idea to identify and improve the quality of life in Ponteland.

When did it start?

The Ponteland Community Partnership started in the early 2004 and was set up under the Local Government Act of 2000 at a time when Ponteland was part of Castle Morpeth Borough Council.

Which organisations work with the Ponteland Community Partnership?

Ponteland Town Council
Ponteland Civic Society
Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Ponteland U3A
Ponteland Ageing Well
Ponteland Community Trust
Ponteland Local History Society

What are we trying to do?

  • To identify activities and projects for those who live or work in Ponteland that will improve their quality of life no matter what their age.
  • To access funding to provide for these activities or projects.

Background to Community Partnerships

Partnerships in the community abound in the professional literature of social work, adultP1210046 education, and basic literacy education, religious or church work and among governing entities to name just a few environments. Partnerships are – in the broadest sense – connections between and among people and groups to share interests, concerns and create visions for the future.
Historically, partnerships have been formed to educate, open discussion and address and solve problems among all parties involved and affected as well as stakeholders in all parts of the problems/issues and solutions.

Partnerships are created when:

  • there appears to be no one person or group responsible for the issue;
  • it doesn’t seem possible to solve the problem or address the situation by just one group – due to magnitude, lack of knowledge or amorphic nature of the issue;
  • the cost of solving the problem or addressing the issue is too costly for one group to address; and/or,
  • it is important to have a large number of people involved to inform, and buy-in to the process.

The best partnerships are those (either formal or informal) that:

  • Have an organisation or a Pont-87-webstructure to them.
  • Have a vision, mission, and goals
  • Are designed to change as issues evolve and problems are solved
  • Find ways to involve people face-to-face but make maximum use of emerging and existing technologies
  • Build in a sustained maximum activity and involvement by stakeholders and other participants
  • Provide necessary plans such as business, marketing and communication plans
  • Promise and produce a product or results which benefits all group/process members
  • Design an active and interactive initial learning period and maintain ongoing learning for stakeholders and participants
  • Establish and maintain effective communication and ongoing dialog