About planning policy
Planning policies and guidance are used to guide future
development and to decide on the acceptability of planning
applications. The council is responsible for preparing
planning policies for Northumberland (excluding the area covered by
the Northumberland National Park).
Click on the links below for further information about the
planning policies in Northumberland:
Details of current and forthcoming consultations on planning
The Northumberland Local Plan is a set of
planning documents which contains a range of policies to guide
future development decisions. Documents include the Core Strategy and Delivery Document as well as a number
of Supplementary Planning Documents, a
Statement of Community
Involvement and a Local Development Scheme.
This provides details of the existing adopted local development
plan documents and the policies that are used to make decisions on
planning applications. This includes policies adopted by the seven
former planning authorites in Northumberland.
Neighbourhood Planning provides local communities, through their
Parish Councils, with to write their own planning policies to
manage and enable development in their local area and creating a
vision of how their areas should grow.
A wide range of information, research and evidence is used to
inform the preparation of the planning policies. This includes the
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment
Housing Market Assessment (SHMA), Town Centres and
Retail Study, Employment Land Review,
Risk Assessment (SFRA), Landscape
Character Assessment (LCA) amongst a number of others.
Regular monitoring is carried out to help understand how well
the current planning policies are working to inform the
preparation of planning policies and decisions on planning
applications. Monitoring information is released at regular
intervals and includes the Five
Year Housing Land Supply.
Northumberland has two Local Development
Orders (LDOs) to the north and south of the River Blyth
estuary that grant planning permission for certain types of
business development with the aim of providing an incentive to
prospective developers to proceed without the time and cost
implications of having to submit a planning application.
Contact for further information
If you would like further information on
planning policy in Northumberland, please contact: