Update on Persimmon Homes Nunthorpe Grange proposal

Following on from our report about the Persimmon Homes planning application, we would like to report that this has yet to be considered by Middlesbrough Planning Committee and is unlikely to be on the agenda with them until May ’19 earliest. The Parish Council has objected to the application as we have said before on the grounds that it gets nowhere near complying with the Design Statement for this development.

We will keep you informed.

You can read the proposal in full here: Draft Nunthorpe Grange Masterplan Middlesbrough Council

Go-ahead for New Roundabout for Nunthorpe By-pass

At a meeting of the Middlesbrough Planning Committee last Friday, the planning application by the Council to build a new roundabout on the by-pass was passed. This will be used to give access to the housing site to the north of the by-pass but it also opens up an access to the farmland to the south which the Council also owns. There were two proposals for a postponement of the decision, one from a member of the committee and the other from a representative from Persimmon Homes but that was ignored. So this will undoubtedly result in many more houses being proposed in the coming years.

Please share your favourite photos of Nunthorpe

Calling all photographers!📣📣📣📣
We are looking to gather a collection of images of the wonderful landscape and buildings of Nunthorpe for the Parish Council website and other publications. If you have a favourite image (past or present) that you are willing to share with us please email it to news@nunthorpepc.org.uk or post it on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nunthorpeparish/.
Let us know if you would like your name to appear with your photo (or not).
Thank you!

Ward Councillors Hustings Event Wednesday 17th April 7pm

Nunthorpe Ward Councillors are up for election in early May. We’re delighted to support the Community Council in holding a Hustings event at 7pm on Wednesday 17th April at The Institute.

All confirmed Ward councillor candidates for Nunthorpe (Mbro side) are invited to come and talk to residents. The candidates will be given a small number of set questions to answer which they will prepare for, but there will also be a public Q&A where residents can ask their own questions not already covered.

This will be a fantastic opportunity for residents to really get to know who the candidates are and make an informed decision on who they will vote for to represent Nunthorpe Ward for the next four years. Parish Councillors will be in attendance – we hope you can come along too 👍

 

Planting scheme complete at Nunthorpe War Memorial

Image: Completed planting scheme at the Nunthorpe War Memorial

The Parish Council has worked with residents over the past few years to mitigate the effects of the wooden fencing that the housing developer placed around the around the Grade II listed site.  We campaigned to preserve this valuable heritage setting, however we were unable to stop the wooden fencing going up. Not to be deterred, we were committed to improving the blight on this area for the benefit of all our residents and visitors and we feel that the planting scheme is the best possible solution given the limitations of the site.   

You can read the completion report by clicking on the link below:

Refurbishing the Nunthorpe W W 1 War Memorial

Middlesbrough Council press on with controversial roadworks despite community objections

Image from Teesside Live https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/17m-plan-dixons-bank-junction-15289843

Disappointingly, Middlesbrough Council started the “improvement” works on Dixons Bank / Stainton Way on 4th February by chopping down about 25 mature trees.
Nunthorpe Parish Council, Ward Councillors and many individuals made representation to the Council over many months pointing out how flawed their proposal is and that it risks wasting £1.7 million of your money that could have been far better spent tackling the real source of the Marton Crawl or on improving public transport, especially the train services.
Our last hope was with some of the residents on Dixons Bank who initially had some encouraging noises from the Local Authority Ombudsman to whom they had lodged a complaint about the way Middlesbrough Council had handled this matter. However, it now looks as though the Ombudsman is unlikely to pursue this further so it would appear that despite almost 100% local discontentment with this scheme and the 10 months of misery it will now give us all for very possibly no gain, Middlesbrough Council will press ahead.

Parish Council objects to Persimmon Homes Nunthorpe Grange proposal

Image: Middlesbrough Council

The Design Statement for the development of Nunthorpe Grange was issued by Middlesbrough Council in 2018 and gave a detailed description of the type of housing development the Council expected for this prestigious site. To quote the Chief Planning Officer (Mr Paul Clark), it was to be “a prize winning development”.

However, although being in receipt of this document, Persimmon Homes presented a planning application to Middlesbrough Council which clearly took none of these requirements on board. The proposal was for an overcrowded and unattractive development of 116 houses which would do little to enhance Nunthorpe.

Nunthorpe Community Council has written an excellent objection statement to Middlesbrough Council and the Parish Council has written to give that statement its full support.  We are hopeful that Middlesbrough Council will reject this application.

We would also like to express our thanks to any Nunthorpe residents who submitted an individual objection to Middlesbrough Council.

Success in bid for new playground equipment

The Avenue Park, Nunthorpe

Ward Councillor Lesley McGloin’s bid for funding from Middlesbrough Council towards new playground equipment for Nunthorpe has been successful. This money (around £10,000) should become available within the next couple of months and is likely to be used for equipment aimed at disabled children at the Avenue and Stainton Way playgrounds. Well done Lesley!

Parish Council takes your concerns to the top of Middlesbrough Council

Image from Tees Business https://teesbusiness.co.uk/2018/01/15/time-to-talk-up-our-town/

Your Parish Councillors met with Mr David Budd (Middlesbrough Mayor) and Mr Tony Parkinson (CEO of Middlesbrough Council) in January to discuss issues of importance to Nunthorpe residents. Although we have met Mayor Budd on a number of occasions, this is the first time that Mr Parkinson has joined with us.

We expressed our concerns about the apparent lack of transparency given to the Parish Council and to the residents in general regarding developments impacting Nunthorpe. We said that the consultation process was weak, often untimely and incomplete. 

The Mayor conceded this point and promised better consultation in the future.

We went on to say that we could not understand the reasoning behind housing expansion at the level pursued by Middlesbrough Council when the Government’s own calculation for the number of new homes needed in this area over the next 25 years is several times lower. We also expressed serious concerns (not for the first or we suspect the last time) about the overstretched road infrastructure of South Middlesbrough.

In regard to the plans for Nunthorpe Grange (the area of land south of Guisborough Road and the by-pass), we understand now that this is to be marketed on the basis of 250 dwellings (based on the current 2014 Local Plan) and the Council will retain authority to approve the developer(s). We note however that in the new draft 2018 plan (yet to be approved by independent inspectors), this number is targeting 350. The Parish Council told Mr Parkinson that it felt that it really had little input into the Design Code for Nunthorpe Grange which was disappointing.

Mr Parkinson said that he would take these issues on board and attempt to foster a better relationship with Nunthorpe. Only time will tell.