GPNA Update – August 2020

This update is a follow up to the previous issue on 17th July. If you have any queries on this update, please do not hesitate to contact us on Facebook, our website contact form, or by e-mail at secretary@gpna.uk

Work In Progress List
The estates manager will be tasked to review the Work In Progress (WIP) list and the processes in place to resolve outstanding issues. The current list of WIP known to us (the GPNA) can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/2/d/1THabnIPt1-hSvhOPgrWMMPihcj66LWDADX0fcTLRtvo/edit#gid=1929973516

If your issue is not on this list and you would like it to be, please get in touch with us at secretary@gpna.uk

Shops / Supermarket
Brunton Residential is now open and already making a difference with making the town centre look more active. The interest in the remaining units has continued, with 3 potential tenants progressing towards legal discussions. The consortium is still hopeful that 1-2 of them should be agreeing legal terms by the end of August, ready to make an offer/get underway with their fit-out designs. The council have spoken with the developers / supermarket about their comments on the submitted plans, and the developers are now making appropriate changes so that the council will approve – we will keep you updated as things progress through the councils’ review. The developers are still hopeful that everything will be approved this year ready for the Supermarket to start building next year with the hope of being complete open the same year.

Schools
The planning application for the new Broadway East First School within Cell A was validated on the 28th April and is now being considered by Newcastle City Council officers. We will be asking NCC for an update on this matter. To see the plans, please refer to the Councils website under application reference 2017/0666/04/RES. The second school is awaiting the Department for Education to pull together a design team so that they can create and submit their planning application. This is no longer in the consortium’s hands. We are still trying to follow up with the council / DfE about the expectations for this.

Lighting
The lighting between Greenside and Great Park has now had the connection made live by SSE and the remaining works will be completed by Taylor Wimpey before the end of August, ready for the darker nights coming back.

Landscaping
All of the areas at junctions that we raised with the consortium were resolved extremely quickly, with the hedges being cut down. Over the last few weeks we have noticed a lot of activity on the site from IDM, and we believe this is due to the new Estates Manager taking control of the contract and ensuring everything starts to align with plans across the estate. This is great news and hopefully the landscaping will now get the attention it needs, and we can start to see the currently unkept areas come to life.

Electric Car Charging Points
There have also been enquiries about the usage of car charging points around Great Park. Currently there are points in the park and ride which are maintained by Newcastle City Council but are currently out of use due to this being a testing site. The charging points in the town centre with Bernicia logos on are owned and maintained by Bernicia, however we have confirmed that the public can use them if you are a member of the Charge Your Car scheme found here: https://www.chargeyourcar.org.uk/. We believe it is £20/year for a card that allows you to access CYC points, and then the ones in the town centre we believe are free to charge (in future any CYC point can set their costs, so be aware of this). There will be a couple more points in the Town Centre car park which will be for public use, but details of usage have not been set yet, however we will follow this up when they are ready to use.

Retail Units
We recently carried out the online survey, and we had 719 responses, of which we believe 597 were from different households. It was a great response which shows the interest in some specific areas, so we would like to thank you for taking the time to fill it out. We envisage as retail units fill, the units that people would like to see will change, so we will continue to do surveys as and when units fill to help with selling to potential unit tenants. The survey results can be found here.

Speed Awareness Sign
The speed awareness sign as you enter the estate from Roseden Way is currently with the council awaiting manufacturer repair. We are still to follow this up with Newcastle City Council to find out when they expect to have this repaired and functional.

Great Park Ranger / Community Officer
The Ranger and Community Officer roles unfortunately currently have no job roles set out specifically for Newcastle Great Park. Recently, we have learned that the gentleman that was the ranger for Great Park is no longer working on our site, and we have not been advised as to who has taken his place. We will be following this up with Newcastle City Council to see if we can get something specific to Newcastle Great Park in writing so that we are able to hold the relevant parties accountable for any works required.

Current committee make-up

Our current Committee Officers are:
Co-Chair – Sean Hood (IT & Comms)
Co-Chair – Denise Gilholme
Treasurer – James Allsopp
Secretary – Lee Taylor

Other members:
Nikky Jane
Michael Forster
Kirsty Martin – Greenside rep
Ruth Hewett – Melbury and Walkworth Woods rep
João Ortale
Stuart Cannon

Co-opted members:
Claudia Birtwisle – Traffic and safety

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on our website, Facebook page, or by email at secretary@gpna.uk

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