Public inquiry for village green bid

The land in the Parkside area of Cramlington that in being prepared for building has been torn up by machines including trees which the residents aren't happy about.
The land in the Parkside area of Cramlington that in being prepared for building has been torn up by machines including trees which the residents aren't happy about.

A community group campaigning to have land in Cramlington declared as a village green have moved a step closer to their goal.

Cramlington SOS’s application for village green status for the land north of Station Road, will go to a public inquiry.

Helen Lancaster, the principal solicitor for Northumberland County Council, reviewed the application and forwarded it to the council’s deputy chief executive.

A report recommended that steps be taken to arrange a non-statutory public inquiry and to appoint an independent inspector to examine the issues with a view to making a recommendation to the planning and environment and rights of way committees as to whether the identified land should be registered as a town or village green.

Since then the council’s legal service has been asked to arrange a non-statutory public inquiry and to appoint an independent inspector.

Pat Heard from Cramlington SOS said: “The public inquiry is the decision we expected and we have been preparing for it since we submitted the village green application.”

Northumberland county councillor Barry Flux added: “I hope that the inquiry results in a recommendation that this land should become a village green.

“Residents do not want to see this land developed and I fully support the aim for this land to be protected for future generations in Cramlington.”

Although no date has yet been set for the public inquiry, it is expect to last five days.