Only days left to have your say on the future of Northumberland

There are now only a matter of days left to have your say on a new Local Plan for the whole of Northumberland.

 

Residents, businesses, community and voluntary groups, town and parish town councils, and anyone with an interest in the future of the county are invited to have their say.

 

Public consultation on this full draft plan is running for six weeks - closing at 5pm on Wednesday 15 August.

 

The full draft plan, including an interactive map, are available on the council’s website www.northumberland.gov.uk  - where you will find details of how to respond to the consultation.

 

To provide maximum opportunity for people to find out more, and ask questions about the plan, the council arranged 23 drop-in events at venues across the county - which were promoted in a leaflet to all homes and on the council’s social media channels.

These events ran up to Saturday 4 August.  

   

The Local Plan includes all of the main planning policies for the county, and maps out where new homes will be built, new jobs created and new services provided.

 

It has been designed to grow and diversify the economy of Northumberland, and identifies measures to enable 15,000 new jobs to be created in the county by 2036.

 

As well as where new homes will be built it identifies of what type, and is promoting a high quality of design for new building in Northumberland.

 

Aiming to protect the Green Belt from new housing allocations and preserving the special qualities of Northumberland it will also identify where new services and infrastructure are needed to support communities.

 

Councillor Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council said:  “We want to make sure that Northumberland is a great place to live, work and visit, through a plan that is truly fit to address the future needs of our county.  We want to send a strong message that Northumberland has ambitious plans for growth, while also protecting everything that is special about the area.

 

“This revised plan is ambitious, using the latest evidence as an appropriate basis. We are optimistic about the prospects for our county and we will make sure that Northumberland works for everyone and for all of our communities.”

Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member for housing, planning and resilience at the council added:  “This consultation is everyone’s chance to help to shape the future of Northumberland.  If you haven’t seen the plan and made your comments yet, please take a look. There are still a number of drop in events, which anyone can attend, and full details are available online.”

 

The full draft plan, including an interactive map, are available on the council’s website www.northumberland.gov.uk  - where you will find details about drop-in events and how to respond to the consultation.

 

You can also view copies of the plan in libraries, customer information centres and council offices.

 

If you have queries you can email planningstrategy@northumberland.gov.uk or call 0345 600 6400

 

Consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday 15 August 2018.

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