Local Plan well on course for 2020 adoption

Northumberland County Council has confirmed its commitment to producing a Local Plan in the shortest timescale possible.

It comes after central government in November 2017 identified a number of local authorities which it felt had not made enough progress with their Local Plans and outlined the possibility of government intervention.

Last summer the new administration withdrew the previous Core Strategy in the light of serious public concerns and a lack of confidence it would ever have been approved.

Now a variety of measures have been taken to accelerate production of the new Local Plan which are expected to lead to a shortening of the overall timetable, with a view to it being in place by summer 2020.

These have been highlighted to government in a written response to its concerns from last November.

The Draft Plan will be published in the summer of 2018, with the timing of the full Local Plan to be submitted to Government for examination by Summer 2019 and, following examination, will be adopted by Summer 2020, with periods of public consultation throughout the process.

In his response to government outlining the council’s progress, council leader Peter Jackson said: “The Council is committed to producing a sound and deliverable Local Plan for Northumberland in the shortest timescales possible.

“Significant progress with plan-making in Northumberland has been made, as evidenced within the previously submitted Core Strategy and the work done since its withdrawal.

“We have measures in place to ensure that plan production is prioritised and well resourced, with strong officer and political oversight in place to ensure that all actions are closely monitored and remain on schedule.

"And despite the wild and unfounded claims from others we have been able to make sure that our county will have a full development plan in place in a timescale which is very similar to the one set out by the Council's previous administration."

Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet member for Planning, Housing and Resilience, added: “We are committed to working with local communities to deliver a Plan which local people want and one that also has widespread political support.

“We are now working towards a single Full Local Plan which will set the strategic planning policies and include detailed land allocations and designations as well as development management policies.

“This will provide clarity and certainty to communities and developers about where development will take place in order to deliver the Council’s development strategy.”

To read the council’s full letter to Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid go HERE
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