The £10million High Court case against Northumberland County Council and three individuals over the Dissington Garden Village project has been dropped. The legal claim against the local authority as well as council leader Peter Jackson, chief executive Daljit Lally and cabinet member for planning John Riddle has been discontinued.The news comes as it is also revealed that Lugano Dissington Estate Ltd, which brought the action over how its planning application for up to 2,000 new homes and other facilities near Ponteland was handled, is no longer in the ownership of Lugano Property Group, whose directors launched the claim.Coun Jackson, who represents the Ponteland South with Heddon ward, described it as ‘the most humiliating admission of defeat’, calling for a public apology for the ‘wild and unsubstantiated allegations’, while saying that they would be pursuing the claimant for the ‘very substantial legal costs’.However, Newcastle-based Lugano … [Read more...] about £10m legal claim against Northumberland County Council dropped
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'Considerable quantities of manure' is among the concerns raised over plans for a new hen barn lodged by the leader of Northumberland County Council. Coun Peter Jackson has applied for planning permission to build a free-range egg production unit on land at Westcotes Farm, to the north-west of Ponteland - which is one of the land holdings listed on his register of interests. The green steel portal-framed building, measuring 120 metres by 24.5 metres with a ridge height of seven metres, would house 32,000 birds and an egg-packing unit. The building would be located to the northern end of a field close to the existing steading, which consists of other farm buildings and the farmhouse. The field around the building would be used for the free-range chickens to roam. In addition, a turning area is proposed for the eastern side of the site which will be accessed through the steading. The application has to be decided by councillors given that the applicant is the authority's leader and he … [Read more...] about Objections over Northumberland County Council leader’s plans to build free-range egg production unit
Northumberland County Council's finances this year are "a positive picture overall in challenging times", with a £4.2m underspend now forecast. However, a report to Tuesday's meeting of the authority's cabinet was not all good news. The budget process for 2018-19 took account of a gap of £8.2m and, while savings totalling £6.8m have been fully realised to date or good progress is being made, the remaining £1.4m requires further work "as a result of the service encountering a delay or an issue which does not enable it to deliver the saving as it was envisaged". The financial performance report also explains that there are emerging budget pressures totalling £3.4m in relation to adult services and children's social care, with provision for this being made in the latest financial plan, which is set to be signed off next week. Read More Today's other news stories Overall, the adult wellbeing and health portfolio is projecting an underspend of £1.3m, but … [Read more...] about The areas Northumberland County Council has overspent
More cuts, a council-tax rise of just under 4% and well over half-a-billion pounds of capital spending are on the cards in Northumberland in the coming years. The county council has now published its detailed budget for 2019-20 as well as its medium-term financial plan for the next three years, with proposals for cutting £25million out of the required savings of £36million – including £12.8million next year.Ratepayers will be doing their bit with council tax to increase by 2.99 per cent – the maximum allowed by the Government without a local authority holding a referendum, plus a further one per cent ring-fenced for adult social care.But this doesn’t mean that there won’t be investment in the county, with a significant £589million of spending lined up.Council leader Peter Jackson said: “We’ve worked tirelessly over the past year to balance our books and we’re confident we’ll be delivering a deliverable but ambitious … [Read more...] about What does Northumberland County Council’s budget mean for you?
Some caution has been expressed over the proposed hike in borrowing by Northumberland County Council to fund capital spending in the coming years. A treasury management update to the council's audit committee on Wednesday revealed that the authority's borrowing is set to be £747million by the end of the financial year. It decreased by £64.3million from £772.1million at the start of 2018-19 to £707.8million at November 30 last year, but will rise again up to April. But what concerned some of the committee members is the coming increase in the council's capital financing requirement (CFR), which is forecast to rise by more than a quarter in the next three years - from £911.9million at the start of 2019-20 to £1.17billion by the end of 2021-22. This is to help fund a £589million capital-spending programme of investment in the likes of schools, leisure centres and other infrastructure projects. CFR is a measure of the council's long-term borrowing … [Read more...] about Concern raised over staggering £747m borrowed by Northumberland County Council