Northumberland County Council is getting ready to launch a consultation with local communities on a new planning document.
During a three month period local residents, organisations and business will all be able to comment on the document which will set out important planning issues and ask people to choose between options for future development.
This is the first stage in development of the new Northumberland Core Strategy - a plan that will cover all of the county except the National Park. It will eventually replace policies in former district and borough plans that are still used for day-to-day planning decisions.
The consultation will set out issues on different topics such as:
- Where in the county housing, employment and services should be located;
- How much housing should be allowed in places where there are very few local services;
- How to provide affordable housing where it is really needed;
- How to safeguard important mineral reserves like coal;
- How energy can be generated within the county without damaging the environment; and
- How to help wildlife survive while allowing people to enjoy open spaces and the countryside.
These are just a few of the issues that the document will cover, with others including flood risk, shops in town centres, tourist development, waste management, the landscape and historic environment and the Green Belt.
The council has organised drop-in events throughout the county between the end of May and late July to explain the issues and help people respond to questions about them.
Councillor Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for planning, housing and regeneration at the council explains: “We want as many residents and businesses as possible to take part in this process.
“The planning issues we are exploring are strategic ones but the options chosen will have a strong bearing on what actually happens on the ground in the towns, villages and countryside of Northumberland. They will decide future council policy on where development can or can’t go and how we will protect our environment.
“I urge people to take part and help shape the county’s future.”
The consultation will run from 23 May to 15 August, with further information available from 23 May on the council’s website www.northumberland.gov.uk/corestrategy or on posters and other information around the county.
The council has given a contact to ring if people want to register to receive updates on the consultation or ask where they will be able to view the issues and options. Telephone 01670 623629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Development Plan Issues and Options – Drop in sessions:
Wed 30 May. Cramlington, Manor Walks, NE23 6UT. 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Thur 31 May. Bellingham, Bellingham Town Hall, NE48 2AA. 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Tue 12 June. Hexham, The Market, NE46 3PB. 9:00am to 1:00pm
Tue 12 June. Allendale, The Library, NE47 9PP. 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Thur 14 June. Berwick upon Tweed, The Granary (YHA) Dewars Lane, TD15 1HJ.
10:00am to 1:00pm
Thur 14 June. Belford, Bell View, West Street, NE70 7QB. 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Sat 16 June. Alnwick, The Market, NE66 1HS. 9:00am to 1:00pm
Wed 20 June. Bedlington, Salvation Army, Hartford Road West, NE22 6HU.
9:00am to 1:30pm
Wed 20 June. Ashington, Community Development Trust, Old Coop Building, Central Arcade, Woodhorn Road, NE63 9AE. 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Thur 21 June. Alnwick, Sainsbury’s, Willowburn Avenue, NE66 2JH. 9:00am to 1:00pm
Thur 21 June. Amble, Four Ways, Dilston Terrace, NE65 0DT. 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Sat 23 June. Hexham, The Market, NE46 3PB. 9:00am to 1:00pm
Tue 26 June. Ashington, The Market, Station Road, NE63 9UJ. 9:00am to 1:00pm
Wed 27 June. Morpeth, The Market, NE61 1HG. 9:00am to 1:30pm
Wed 27 June. Wooler, Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, NE71 6BL. 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Thurs 28 June. Prudhoe, New Library, Front Street, NE42 5AA. 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Fri 29 June. Haydon Bridge, The Library, Church Street, NE47 6JQ. 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Sat 30 June. Berwick upon Tweed, The Market, Marygate, TD15 1BN. 10:00am to 1:00pm
Tue 3 July. Ponteland, Waitrose, Main Street, NE20 9NH. 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Thur 5 July. Bedlington, Community Centre, Front Street West, NE22 5TT.
9:00am to 1:00pm
Thur 5 July. Lynemouth, Resource Centre, NE61 5YJ. 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Fri 6 July. Blyth, Keel Row Centre, NE24 1AH. 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sat 7 July. Cramlington, Manor Walks, NE23 6UT. 9:00am to 12:00pm
Wed 11 July. Morpeth, Morrison’s, Stanley Terrace, NE61 1PA. 9:00am to 12.00pm
Wed 11 July. Rothbury, Jubilee Hall, Bridge Street, NE65 7SD. 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Fri 13 July. Berwick upon Tweed, The Granary, (YHA) Dewars Lane, TD15 1HJ.
Fri 13 July. Seahouses, Trust Centre, Seahouses Resource Centre, Main Street, NE68 7TP. 1.30pm to 7:00pm
Thur 19 July. Blyth, Keel Row Centre, NE24 1AH. 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sat 21 July. Haltwhistle, Methodist Church Hall, Main Street, NE49 0AX. 9:00am to12.00pm
Fri 27 July. Blyth, The Market, Market Street, NE24 1BQ. 9:00am to12.00pm