Welcome to Woolsington Parish Council’s website, your place to find out what’s happening within the Parish. Here you can also get in touch with your parish councillors, find out about meetings, look up agendas, minutes and financial information, vote on ideas around new initiatives, volunteer and engage on key issues with fellow residents.
Woolsington Parish Council is a local Parish Council, based within the two Newcastle City Council wards of Kingston Park South & Newbiggin Hall and Callerton & Throckley
Parish Councils are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies. They serve electorates and are independently elected. They raise their own budget via a precept. Residents will know if they live within a Parish Council area as they will pay this additional Parish precept charge with their council tax – it will be detailed separately on the bill. The only paid member of a Parish Council is the Clerk
Woolsington Parish covers a large geographical area to the north west of Newcastle. It has both rural and urban communities. Newcastle International Airport is also within its boundary
Woolsington Parish Council itself consists of the wards of Bedeburn, Newbiggin Hall, Callerton and Woolsington & Bank Foot (Parish Council Wards.pdf)
WPC has 12 parish councillors (members) who represent the 4 wards. There are no vacancies at present
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Biodiversity Projects are about protecting life in all its forms in order to allow us, and everything we share our planet with, to live happy and healthy lives.Learn More
Woolsington Parish Council has been running its Biodiversity Project since 2018, in support of the Newcastle City Council`s Green Infrastructure Plan and Bee-friendly City Strategy. This includes the planting of trees, spring bulbs, shrubs and hedgerow, flowers and wildflowers while focusing on local wildlife benefits.Learn More
Newcastle City Council`s Bee-friendly City comes to Woolsington Parish with plans for the creation of an extensive Wildflower meadow.Learn More
A summary of our achievements in 2019/20.Learn More
The Newbiggin Hall, Bedeburn and Lowbiggin areas already contain wonderful landscapes, veteran trees and areas of lovely scenery. The Biodiversity Project is specifically designed to build on and enhance these natural assets.Learn More
Bank Foot, Callerton and Woolsington also contain wonderful landscapes, veteran trees and areas of lovely scenery. Here are just a few examples of where the Parish’s Biodiversity Project is attempting to enhance this natural beauty during 2021.Learn More
The Parish Council was greatly impressed, and influenced, by the Scotswood Community Garden. Here they are working with nature to create a great place for people and wildlife to enjoy. The garden aims for a ‘managed wildness’ approach. The garden is about community, either for the local or the wider area, and they welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in their work.Learn More
The Parish Council is greatly influenced by this concept. Designing where we live and work to be better for wildlife is important. Two-thirds of butterfly and moth species are in decline in the UK, and urban sprawl is contributing to their demise.... But it doesn’t have to be that way.Learn More
Butterflies are not only beautiful creatures, but do a great deal for the environment. Like bees, they are plant pollinators and they also provide population control for a number of insect species by eating them.Learn More
There are some remarkable trees of variable note at many locations throughout the Parish, some of which border our historic waggonways. Members of the Parish Council are working with the Woodland Trust to help protect theses trees by recording details of noteable and veteran trees on the Woodland Trust Tree Inventory.Learn More
Woolsington Parish Council Chairperson Councillor George Pattison and Catherine McKinnell MP planting the Crocus Carpet on Newbiggin Lane.Learn More
Woolsington Parish Council issued a Questionnaire as part of its community engagement process on biodiversity in the Upper Ouseburn corridor. There was a very positive response from residents throughout the Parish with many messages. This helped the Parish Council to establish its vision, and shape future plans, for the local ponds and surrounding area. Outline discussions with the Land Owner (Northumberland Estates), the City Council, and various other Agencies and services also followed.Learn More
As many are aware, Bluebell Dene is a local beauty spot in Newbiggin Hall, through which runs the main footpath that connects the housing estate with the Metro Station and the surrounding areas of Bank Foot and Kingston Park. In recent years many of the original bluebells and other spring flowers have died off and the area has become untidy and subject to increased anti-social behaviour.Learn More
Now, in Phase 2, a major planting event on 4 October 2022 saw a group of volunteers from Costain Jacobs and the Highways Agency team up with Members of the Parish Council and other Ward Councillors to get busy with their spades.Learn More
Simonside Primary School Clothes Recycling Project
Please be advised that the bin is at the far end of the school car park and accessible to all.
Cheviot Primary School: The Edible Playground
A post submitted by Cheviot Primary School
Cheviot Edible Playground and Woolsington Parish Council
Cheviot’s Edible Playground is able to flourish thanks to the donations and continued support of the Woolsington Parish Council, and friends of our school Joanne Couchman and John Littleton.
Last year we worked hard to get the Edible Playground up and running and used regularly. This year, Mrs Waite and Mrs Keers are taking charge, and clearly Mrs Waite already has her class on the case!
So far this term, Joanne and John brought us some Japanese onions to plant so that they can grow over the winter months.
Cheviot would like to say a massive thank you to Woolsington Parish Council for their support and friendship.
The Edible Playground: an article by school pupils Ellie-Mae, Scarlett, Emilie and Amelia in Year Five
Year Five are in control of the Edible Playground. We have been picking the raspberries, carrots and potatoes and we are starting to plant some onions. In the Edible Playground, there are lots of fruit and vegetables that we pick every Wednesday. We also make sure that weeds don’t get in the way of the plants that need to grow.
Plants need water, sunlight and space to grow. Some of the weeds try to grow over our plants which is bad so we have to watch them closely!
Taking care of plants is a big responsibility to take on. We need to be careful about what happens to them.
You can visit the Cheviot School website via www.cheviot.smartacademies.net – it is full of information and great articles.
Breeding Mallard and Canada Geese taken at the Parish Ponds, Its representative and Illustrates a successful breeding season for waterfowl, due wholly to the Parish Council and its investments in Biodiversity
Bee friendly City
Grass verges in Woolsington maintained by the City Council Grounds Maintenance Team
Galafield Community Centre,
Every Tuesday and Saturday 6pm - 9pm
Developers work with community to clean up open space near proposed new development site at Upper Callerton
A consortium of developers have banded together with community groups to clean up the local area. Staff from Taylor Wimpey North East, Northumberland Estates and their consultants joined forces with members of local youth group Projects4Change and Woolsington Parish Council to clean up footpaths and open spaces surrounding the proposed development at Upper Callerton.
The litter picking team
The litter pick was arranged following the consortium’s request for initial feedback on its proposals, with the young people at the youth club commenting that they were keen to be involved in environmental projects.
Litter pick sticks, gloves, high vis jackets, bags and boxes were provided by the consortium, and a significant amount and range of litter was collected and disposed of on the day. As a thank you to the young people at Projects4Change who attended the litter pick, Northumberland Estates and Taylor Wimpey North East have also arranged a free visit to Alnwick Castle and Gardens later in the year.
The proposed development by the consortium comprising Northumberland Estates, Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and the Quadrini family could see up to 1,600 two, three, four and five bedroom homes built at Upper Callerton.
Affordable homes would also be created as part of the scheme, boosting the affordability of home ownership for local people and relieving the pressure on the social housing rented sector.
David Abercrombie, Technical Director at Taylor Wimpey North East said: “As soon as we start planning new developments, we’re keen to get involved with and support the local community as much as possible.
“After receiving valuable feedback on the current state of the area around the proposed development, we knew we could help in providing a genuine solution, which also gives back to the community.”
Barry Spall, Development Planner at Northumberland Estates said: “We’re grateful that so many people showed up on the day as it meant we were able to collect a significant amount of rubbish. The surrounding footpaths and open spaces look much tidier and more welcoming as a result.”
Upper Callerton is part of the Callerton Neighbourhood Growth Area, which has been allocated for the development of approximately 3,000 new homes within the Newcastle Gateshead Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (CSUCP).
The public consultation, which is live at www.uppercallertonconsultation.com, will be around a master plan that takes into account initial comments from Newcastle City Council, Woolsington Parish Council and the Woolsington Residents’ Association, together with local youth groups.
An estimated 600 new construction and supply chain jobs could be created if plans get the green light, with work on this latest phase of the overall housing allocation for Callerton potentially starting as early as autumn 2023.
Local youth group Projects4Change show Members of Woolsington Parish Council how it`s done
It was great to see children at Simonside Primary School enjoying the Christmas Tree donated by the Parish Council, it looks fantastic
A great day was had at the Galafest, Galafield Centre, Newbiggin Lane.
|April edition of OUR NEWS is here with crime prevention advice and discounts|
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The February edition of OUR NEWS is here
We are delighted to bring you February's edition of OUR NEWS – our newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales.
This edition includes advice on how to steer clear of romance fraud this Valentine's Day, as well as three major cybercrime predictions for 2023, and details of a new app for reporting hate crime against the LGBTQ+ community. It also features tips for bringing your community together – from how to organise a street party for the King's Coronation, to how to recognise and celebrate those that go above and beyond in their communities.
As well as warning of the risks of not using a qualified plumber, it includes information on how to let fresh air into your home, whilst keeping opportunistic intruders out.
We hope you enjoy this edition as much as we enjoyed creating it.
As part of the planning process we need your input, your thoughts and ideas please. The views of the local community are extremely important and valued. Therefore, it would be very helpful for the shaping of any future biodiversity projects if you could give your views on the following – please note any comments will be treated in confidence.
Please provide your responses to the following questions by email to the Parish Council mailbox: email@example.com
Subject: WPC Biodiversity
1. What do you like about the green & blue spaces in the Parish area?
2. Would you like to see the Parish area improved and if so, how?
3. Have you any other comments or suggestions for future biodiversity project work?
Thank you in advance for taking the time.
In the meantime the below photographs may inspire your thinking: Please join us on this journey around the Parish, season by season, as we celebrate some of its natural beauty during 2021.
For more information about biodiversity and the WPC Project, please follow this link Biodiversity Explained - Woolsington Parish Council (woolsington-parish-council.com)
Councillor George Pattison Newbiggin Hall Ward
Vice - Chair
Councillor Lilian Kennedy Newbiggin Hall Ward
Councillor Jonathan Sabarre Bedeburn Ward
Councillor Alexander Hay Bedeburn Ward
Councillor Lilian McGuinness Bedeburn Ward
Councillor Linda Wright Callerton Ward
Councillor John Littleton Woolsington and Bankfoot Ward
Councillor Joanne Couchman Woolsington and Bankfoot Ward
Councillor Liam Spencer Bedeburn Ward
Councillor Sharon Pattison Newbiggin Hall Ward
Councillor Jacqui Robinson Newbiggin Hall Ward
Councillor Amy Thomas Newbiggin Hall Ward
Clerk to the Parish Council
Meetings are held bi-monthly at St Wilfrid's Church 6.30pm.
Any items for the agenda must be submitted 14 days before the date of the meeting.
You are advised to check the location on each agenda. Please see the below for the agendas and minutes of each meeting.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and raise any issues before the commencement of the formal business. If you wish to speak during the formal business session, please indicate this to the Chair by raising your hand. The Chair will conduct the order of speakers and will indicate who will speak next.
2023/2024 - Agendas and Minutes
10 May 2023 (including AGM)
|WPC Agenda 10.05.2023.pdf||WPC minutes 10.05.2023.pdf|
Special Meeting 28 June 2023
|WPC Agenda 28.06.2023.pdf||WPC minutes 28.06.2023.pdf|
|19 July 2023||WPC Agenda 19.07.2023.pdf||WPC minutes 19.07.2023.pdf|
|20 Sept 2023||WPC Agenda 20.09.2023.pdf||WPC minutes 20.09.2023.pdf|
|8 Nov 2023||WPC Agenda 08.11.2023.pdf|
|10 Jan 2024|
|20 Mar 2024|
2022/2023 - Agendas and Minutes
11 May 2022 (including AGM)
|WPC Agenda 11.05.2022.pdf||WPC minutes 11.05.2022.pdf|
13 July 2022
|WPC Agenda 13.07.2022.pdf||WPC minutes 13.07.2022.pdf|
14 September 2022
|Meeting Postponed to 21 September||Meeting Postponed to 21 September|
|21 September 2022||WPC Agenda 21.09.2022.pdf||WPC minutes 21.09.2022.pdf|
9 November 2022
|Meeting Postponed to 16 November||Meeting Postponed to 16 November|
|16 November 2022||WPC Agenda 16.11.2022.pdf||WPC minutes 16.11.2022.pdf|
11 January 2023
|Meeting Postponed to 18 January||Meeting Postponed to 18 January|
|18 January 2023||WPC Agenda 18.01.2023.pdf||WPC minutes 18.01.2023.pdf|
8 March 2023
|WPC Agenda 08.03.2023.pdf||WPC minutes 08.03.2023.pdf|
2021/2022 - Agendas and Minutes
|12 May 2021 (including AGM)||WPC Agenda 12.05.2021.pdf||WPC minutes 12.05.2021.pdf|
|14 July 2021||WPC Agenda 14.07.2021.pdf||WPC minutes 14.07.2021.pdf|
|08 September 2021||Meeting Postponed to 15 September||Meeting Postponed to 15 September|
|15 September 2021||WPC Agenda 15.09.2021.pdf||WPC minutes 15.09.2021.pdf|
|10 November 2021||WPC Agenda 10.11.2021.pdf||WPC minutes 10.11.2021.pdf|
12 January 2022
|Meeting Postponed to 19 January||Meeting Postponed to 19 January|
|19 January 2022||WPC Agenda 19.01.2022.pdf||WPC minutes 19.01.2022.pdf|
|09 March 2022||WPC Agenda 09.03.2022.pdf||WPC minutes 09.03.2022.pdf|
2020/2021 - Agendas and Minutes
|13 May 2020 - No AGM till 2021|
|10 June 2020||WPC Agenda 10.06.2020.docx||WPC minutes 10.06.2020.docx|
|08 July 2020||WPC Agenda 08.07.2020.docx||WPC minutes 08.07.2020.docx|
|09 September 2020||WPC Agenda 09.09.2020.docx||WPC minutes 09.09.2020.docx|
|11 November 2020||WPC Agenda 11.11.2020.docx||WPC minutes 11.11.2020.docx|
|13 January 2021||WPC Agenda 13.01.2021.docx||WPC minutes 13.01.2021.pdf|
|10 March 2021||WPC Agenda 10.03.2021.docx||WPC minutes 10.03.2021.pdf|
2019/2020 - Agendas and Minutes
|08 May 2019 (including AGM)||WPC Agenda 08.05.2019.docx||WPC minutes 08.05.2019.docx|
|10 July 2019||WPC Agenda 10.07.2019.docx||WPC minutes 10.07.2019.docx|
|11 September 2019||WPC Agenda 11.09.2019.docx||WPC minutes 11.09.2019.docx|
|13 November 2019||WPC Agenda 13.11.2019.docx||WPC minutes 13.11.2019.docx|
|29 January 2020||WPC Agenda 29.01.2020.docx||WPC minutes 29.01.2020.docx|
|11 March 2020||WPC Agenda 11.03.2020.docx||WPC minutes 11.03.2020.docx|
2018/2019 - Agendas and Minutes
Woolsington Parish Council aims to improve the social and economic welfare of the residents of the Parish. It is essential that any organisation requesting financial assistance will be expected to support the aims of the Council and that its activities address at least one of the following objectives:-
Applications must be from a community based organisation. The Council will not consider applications from individuals, projects that are political or religious projects that do not demonstrate social or economic benefits.
You can apply for a grant funding by completing the below grant funding application(click on the link), don't forget to read the pre-application condition notes thoroughly and ensure you have ALL relevant documents requested before you submit your application.
In 2020/21 Woolsington Parish Council have provided financial support to:
Simonside Primary School
St Marks RC Primary School
Action for Children (Galafield Cafe Project)
INSPIREYOUTH TYNE & WEAR
Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2022 - 2023
Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2023
Notice of Conclusion of Audit
Public Right of Inspection Notice
AGAR 2022 - 2023
Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2021 - 2022
Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022
Notice of Conclusion of Audit
Uncertified AGAR 2021 - 2022
Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022
Notice of the audit and right to inspect the Annual Governance & Accountability Return
Public Right of Inspection Notice
AGAR 2021 - 2022
Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2020 - 2021
Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021
Notice of Conclusion of Audit
Public Right of Inspection Notice
AGAR 2020 - 2021
Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020:
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy which the Council charges on many new developments. The money raised helps to pay for the infrastructure needed across the city as a result of developments such as schools, strategic greenspace, flood defences, and strategic transport improvements.
The Adopted Charging Schedule can be downloaded from the Documents section of this page, along with the Residential and Commercial Charging Zones Map, Examiner’s Report, Adopted Regulation 123 List and the Instalments Policy.
A Developers Guide is in the Documents section of this page explaining in more detail how the CIL process works, such as what CIL information is needed to be submitted with planning applications and before commencement. It contains links to the Planning Portal CIL page which provides links to the relevant forms to be submitted before you commence your development. A wide range of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ can also be viewed in the Documents section.
The CIL is charged per square metre on many new buildings, based on their use and location. The charges are based on viability and have been approved by an independent Examiner and by Full Council. The Council has to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the rates being high enough to help fund infrastructure, and not harming the economic viability of development as a whole across Newcastle.
Section 106 Agreements continue to cover on-site measures that are needed to make a specific development acceptable, such as access works, drainage management, and greenspace. Provision of affordable housing also continues as previously. A Supplementary Planning Document has been adopted by the City which identifies what will be expected to be secured through planning obligations and is available in the Documents section.
The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on the 1st September 2020. CIL charges remain the same for developments in the use classes affected by these changes. This includes: Small Retail Units under 280sqm (changing from A1 to E or F2 if mostly selling essential goods, including food and at least 1km from another similar shop), Supermarkets over 280sqm (changing from A1 to E), and Retail Warehousing over 280sqm (changing from A1 to E). Changes to the Use Classes within the ‘All Other Developments’ category remain chargeable at £0. The remaining CIL chargeable development categories are unaffected by the recent Use Classes Order changes.
The funds generated are spent in compliance with the CIL Regulations (Regulation 59) (external link) and in accordance with City Council’s Regulation 123 list of strategic infrastructure.Up to 5% of the levy receipts can be spent on administering and enforcing the levy and are allocated for such purposes.
We have started to receive the Parish’s portion of the above payments from Newcastle City Council. These charges were levied by Newcastle City Council on the developers of the new housing estates being built in the Parish. They are not released until certain previously agreed numbers of houses are actually built.
A Section 106 is a legal agreement between a developer seeking planning permission and the local planning authority, which is used to mitigate the impact of their new housing on the local community and infrastructure.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy that local authorities can charge on developments in their area to ensure facilities and services in the area have capacity to keep up with new homes and to enable further sustainable growth.
The funding can only be spent on infrastructure improvements.
We would welcome suggestions from the community, to enable a list to be drawn up of projects to spend this money on, to improve the parish and local area.
Woolsington Parish Council CIL Annual Reports - 2020
Woolsington Parish Council CIL Annual Reports - 2021
|Woolsington Parish Council CIL Report 2021.pdf|
|1 Gala Field Cafe.zip|
|2 Detached Sessions - Social Infrastructure.zip|
|3 Parish Ponds.zip|
Woolsington Parish Council CIL Annual Reports - 2022
Standards and Codes
The Standards (Parish/Community Councils) Sub Committee, oversees the operation of the codes of conduct by providing guidance assistance and training. See the Code of Conduct Code of Conduct.pdf
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