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New Local Plan approved for public consultation

Northumberland County Council’s cabinet has approved a full draft of the new Northumberland Local Plan for public consultation.

A six week consultation will open on Wednesday 4 July and run until Wednesday 15 August.

During this time the council will run 23 drop in events at venues across Northumberland, where members of local communities will be able to come along to discuss and ask questions about the plan.

Feedback and comments on the plan will be invited by all interested parties.

The plan includes policies and proposals aimed at creating up to 15,000 new jobs in the county by 2036.

It sets out strategic planning policies and planning principles for the whole county, the general scale and distribution of new development, and the detail of where new homes, workplaces and facilities will be located.  

It will promote choice in the housing market and ensure that all communities are supported by adequate services, facilities and infrastructure, including education, transport, health, social care and sport and recreation.

Cllr Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council said:  “Through the plan we want to make Northumberland an even greater place to live, work and visit!

“We want a local development plan that is truly fit to address our future housing and economic needs, whilst respecting and protecting our beautiful county.

“The revised Plan is ambitious, using the latest evidence as a proper basis. We are optimistic about the prospects for our county and we will make sure that Northumberland does work for everyone and for all of our communities.

“We have been working very hard to prepare the new plan, We’ve used a number of measures to accelerate production - which will lead to the shorter timescale overall and the final plan being in place by March 2020.”

17,700 new homes are proposed over the plan period as opposed to 24,000 previously.  It will ask for a minimum of 20% of all new homes to be affordable and make provision for accommodation with support for older people and vulnerable adults, for example in ‘extra care’ accommodation.

Cllr John Riddle, cabinet member for planning, housing and resilience added:  “This plan will provide wide choice in the housing market in Northumberland, but without proposing new housing allocations in the Green Belt..  

“It will meet the news of Northumberland’s population, including the young and ageing populations, as well as providing attractive housing options for those moving into the county to boost the economy.

“When it is published on 4 July I encourage people to have a look and express their views.  I hope that residents will agree that we are finding the right balance between development that is important for Northumberland’s future prosperity, and protecting what is special about our county.”

Everyone with an interest in the plan will be able to view it online and in local libraries and information centres across Northumberland.  You will be able to make comments online or in writing to the council’s planning strategy team.

Details of events will be available online and in a leaflet which will be delivered to homes and businesses in advance of the consultation events.  

To find out more about the local plan visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/localplan
 
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