End of campaign to make village green

The land in Cramlington.
The land in Cramlington.

Campaigners looking to turn a piece of land into a village green have had their appeal turned down.

A public inquiry took place to look at application to turn land into a village green north of Station Road in Cramlington.

Last week the planning and environment and rights of way committee at Northumberland County Council followed the officer recommendation to adopt the inspector’s recommendation that the village green application was rejected.

Pat Heard from Cramlington SOS (Save our Spaces), said: “Thank you to the very many supporters of the village green application – over 600 people completed evidence forms, and almost 800 have signed our petition.

“The application unfortunately failed on one technicality which was regarding the neighbourhood as there is no clear definition in law as to the full meaning of neighbourhood.

“We came very close to getting the result we all hoped for, and it is very clear that the people living in the Parkside Estates, Station Road and Westwood Grange who supported the village green application in numbers that greatly surpassed every election both national and local have made known their views to all parties what they would wish should happen to the application land, that it be retained as open space for all to enjoy.”

Coun Barry Flux added: “Of course it is disappointing that the application has been rejected, but the fight to save this land is far from over.

“There are still huge issues to be resolved concerning stythe gas underground at the land and I have asked Persimmon for a public meeting on this subject which was promised some time ago.

“It must also not be forgotten that there is no planning permission to build on this land and any application would be subject to the planning process.”