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Under two weeks left to comment on new evidence behind local plan

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There are less than two weeks left for people to make any comments they have on new evidence behind the Northumberland Local Plan.

A consultation is currently running and will end on Monday 7 September.

The plan is currently being ‘examined’ by an independent inspector appointed by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, and as part of this process new evidence has been submitted.

During public hearings in October 2019 and February this year the inspector requested a number of pieces of further information and evidence from the council, and these are the subject of this current consultation.  

The Northumberland Local Plan sets out in detail how the county will develop in the future and forms the basis of how planning applications will be decided. 

All residents and organisations with an interest in the plan now have the opportunity to look at this new evidence and to comment on it.

The new evidence relates to the chapters of the plan which cover: Delivering the Vision for Northumberland; Economic Development; Town Centres and Central Services; Housing; and Infrastructure and Delivery.

Cllr John Riddle, cabinet member with responsibility for planning at Northumberland County Council said:  “I would urge anyone who hasn’t done so yet to have a look at this additional evidence and, if they wish, express any views they have.  

“This consultation forms a further important step in securing a full and up to date local plan for the county.

“Now that the examination is underway, the timetable is very much in the hands of the inspector, and Covid-19 is inevitably having an impact on the process. The planning team is working closely with the inspector in the hope that things can be progressed as quickly as possible.”

You can find all of the additional evidence and how to respond on our website at

As well as all information being fully accessible online, it is possible to request a USB stick containing a full set of the documents being consulted upon or, if necessary, paper copies can be posted. 

Libraries and customer information centres are currently closed, but hard copies of the consultation documents can be viewed, by prior appointment, at County Hall in Morpeth.  All Covid-19 secure guidelines will be followed at these appointments.

Planning officers are also available to explain the consultation by telephone or email, and the standard consultation period has been extended by an extra two weeks - providing a total of eight weeks for people to have their say.

The consultation opened on Monday 13 July and will run until 5pm on Monday 7 September 

Follow this link to the consultation portal

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