Current planning policies

Current planning policies

View current planning policy documents used to guide and determine planning applications in Northumberland.

Consolidated Planning Policy Framework

The Northumberland Consolidated Planning Policy Framework details the planning policy documents that are currently used to determine and guide planning applications in Northumberland.

Click here to view the Northumberland Consolidated Planning Policy Framework.

This framework includes a number of planning policy documents put in place by the former County Council and District/ Borough Councils. These policies are still being used to guide and determine planning applications by the Council, and are called 'saved policies'.

This framework is updated when new planning policy documents are adopted by the Council. The planning policies detailed in the framework will gradually be replaced by the new policies contained within the Northumberland Local Plan that is currently being prepared by the Council.

The Council has also produced a position statement regarding the general approach that will be taken to planning applications following the withdrawal of the Core Strategy, with particular regard to proposals for housing development. Click here to view the position statement following the withdrawal of the Core Strategy.

Existing Local Plan Documents

The existing local development plan is made up of a number of documents and contain the planning policies used to determine and guide planning applications. Please note that not all of the policies contained in the local plans are ‘saved policies’. It is only the saved policies that are still in use to determine and guide planning applications.

Click here to view the former district areas in Northumberland.

View existing Local Plan Documents
Area Local Development Plan  
Former Alnwick District
Alnwick Local Development Framework Alnwick District Wide Local Plan
List of Saved Policies for Alnwick District Wide Local Plan
Former Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough
Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Local Plan
List of Saved Policies
Former Blyth Valley Borough
Blyth Valley Local Development Framework
Blyth Valley District Local Plan
List of Saved Policies for Blyth Valley District Local Plan
Former Castle Morpeth Borough
Castle Morpeth District Local Plan
List of Saved Policies
Former Tynedale District
Tynedale Local Development Framework Tynedale Distict Wide Local Plan Policies Map
List of Saved Policies for Tynedale District Wide Local Plan
Former Wansbeck District
Wansbeck District Local Plan
List of Saved Policies
Northumberland County
Northumberland Minerals Local Plan
List of Saved Policies
Northumberland County
Northumberland Waste Local Plan
List of Saved Policies
Northumberland County and Northumberland National Park
Northumberland County and National Park Joint Structure Plan
 

Made Neighbourhood ​Plans

Below are the Neighbourhood Plans that have been 'made' by the Council and form part of the ​Statutory ​Development ​Plan ​for ​Northumberland. ​It ​also ​includes ​Neighbourhood ​Plans ​that ​have ​been ​approved ​at ​referendum.

​For more information on neighbourhood planning in Northumberland, please click here to view our dedicated page for Neighbourhood Planning.

View 'Made' Neighbourhood Plans
 
Area Neighbourhood Plan Documents Geographical Coverage
Allendale Allendale Parish
Alnwick and Denwick Alnwick Parish and Denwick Parish
Morpeth Morpeth Parish, Pegswood Parish, Hebron Parish, Hepscott Parish and Mitford Parish
Ponteland  Ponteland Parish

Supplementary Planning Documents & Guidance

The Council also prepares supplementary planning documents to give greater detail on current policies where necessary. They provide guidance and advice to assist in considering and determining planning applications. SPDs are a material consideration in the assessment and determination of any planning application. The following SPDs have been adopted by the Council which form part of the current planning policy framework:

View existing Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)
View existing Supplementary Planning Guidance
All the supplementary planning guidance has been prepared by the former District Councils or by outside bodies such as the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, and provide informal guidance for developers. All these documents can be viewed in Part Three of the Northumberland Consolidated Planning Policy Framework.