Whittington neighbourhood plan reaching final stages

A neighbourhood plan for the Whittington Parish of Northumberland is reaching its final stages.

Whittington Parish Council has set out how it would like to see the neighbourhood develop in the future - in the area which covers Great Whittington, Halton, Bingfield, Hallington and Halton Shields.

The Whittington Neighbourhood Plan sets out future planning policies for the area and a final draft has now been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

A six week period of consultation on the Plan starts on Friday 9 March and closes at 4pm on Monday 23 April 2018 - during which time the county council is inviting people with an interest in the area to make any final comments on the plan.

The Plan will then be assessed by an independent examiner and comments made during this stage considered by the examiner, who will recommend whether any further changes are needed to ensure it meets legal requirements.

If the Plan passes independent examination it will be put to a local referendum where people living in the area can vote on whether it should be used by the county council when it makes decisions on planning applications.

Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member responsible for planning at Northumberland County Council said:  “Neighbourhood planning gives local people a direct say in the location and design of future development in their area - and is a very important aspect of planning in Northumberland.

“Local steering groups engage with their community, with landowners and with other interested parties to create a plan which addresses issues around the built and natural environment, local economy, housing, community services and facilities, tourism and sustainable transport.  

“They are supported by planning officers from the council who help by providing technical and practical support to ensure that the Plan is presented in a way that best reflects the community’s expectations, and meets legal requirements.  

“I urge everyone in the Whittington Neighbourhood Plan area to take this opportunity to have a last look at the plan, and put forward any final observations they would like to make.”

A steering group was formed by Whittington Parish Council to help guide preparation of the Plan.  
Local people have been involved in the project since the designation of the Whittington Neighbourhood Area in March 2016 and they have helped guide and shape the policies in the draft Plan.

The group’s vision for the parish is that for next 20 years, ‘it remains a group of sustainable, vibrant, linked yet distinct rural communities’. Also that ‘new development will conserve and enhance the rich agricultural, architectural and environmental heritage of the Parish for the benefit of current and future residents.’

The plan and accompanying documents can be viewed on the County Council’s website at
www.northumberland.gov.uk/ourplan  They will also be available at:
  • Corbridge Library, Hill Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5AA (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 4pm); and
  • Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF (Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 4:30pm).
Written representations can be made by email to NeighbourhoodPlanning@northumberland.gov.uk or by post to: Whittington Neighbourhood Plan, Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastructure Team, Planning Services, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF.

All comments and feedback must be received by Northumberland County Council no later than 4pm on Monday 16 April 2018. All information will be made publicly available and be forwarded for consideration by the independent examiner appointed to examine the draft Plan.
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