Three neighbourhood plans reach final stages in Northumberland

Public consultation is underway on three new neighbourhood plans for Northumberland.

Neighbourhood Plans for the North Northumberland Coastal Area (North Sunderland, Bamburgh and Beadnell parishes), Stannington parish, and Longhorsley parish have been submitted to the county council.

Residents of the areas, and other stakeholders, now have a final opportunity to have a say on these draft plans, before they are the subject of an independent ‘examination’.

All comments received during this consultation period will be provided to an appointed independent examiner along with the draft plans.  

Comments on the North Northumberland Coast and Stannington plans must be received by 4pm on Friday 9th February, and on the Longhorsley plan by 4pm on Friday 16th February. Comments received after this time will unfortunately not be able to be considered by the examiner.

Neighbourhood planning gives local people direct involvement in preparing plans to guide the location and design of future development in their area.

Engagement with a wide cross-section of the local communities, landowners and developers have led to the creation of these draft plans.  They address important issues raised by many local people concerning the built and natural environment, local economy, housing, community wellbeing and other issues like flooding and transport.

Cllr John Riddle, cabinet member for planning, housing and resilience at Northumberland County Council said:  “Interest in neighbourhood planning continues to grow across Northumberland with these three new Neighbourhood Plans all having been submitted to the County Council in recent weeks.  

“The Parish Councils involved in writing the Plans have been supported by planning officers from the County Council who have helped by providing technical and practical support to ensure that they are presented in a way that best reflects the community's expectations, while still meeting their legal requirements.”

Details of all the plans, accompanying documents and information about how to make comments can be found on the County Council’s website at  

They have also been made available in County Hall in Morpeth and community locations in the three separate areas they cover.

Once they have passed independent examination each will be put to a local referendum where people living in the affected parishes can vote on whether the plan should be used by the County Council when it makes decisions on planning applications.

To find out more about Neighbourhood Planning in your area visit e-mail or contact the Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastructure Team, Planning Services, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF.
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