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Keep up with the latest planning announcements affecting businesses and residents in Northumberland including service continuity during Coronavirus.

The consultation period has now closed, thank you to all who contributed. 

The Validation Checklist document sets out the level of information required by the local planning authority to support a planning application. The intention is to clearly define the minimum amount of information required for proper assessment of an application. 

Northumberland County Council is in the process of reviewing our local information requirements for planning applications. The consultation ran from 10 September to 8 October 2021

We will consider all comments received and amend the local information requirements as appropriate. Once approved/adopted by Northumberland County Council this Validation Checklist will form the basis on which we validate all planning applications. A copy of the adopted Validation Checklist will be made available on our website and the list will be subsequently reviewed every two years. 

The current Validation Checklist will remain in use until our updated checklist is published. 
The Planning Inspectorate arranged a public inquiry to consider an appeal by Devonport Estates against the decision of Northumberland County Council to refuse planning permission for the construction of a landmark sculpture and associated development on 9.5 hectates of land at Cold Law, Stiddlehill Common, Near Ridsdale, Ray Estate, Northumberland. Appeal Ref: APP/P2935/W/20/3244389

The Inquiry which opened on Tuesday 9 March 2021 is now closed (19/03/21). The appeal is now awaiting a decision.

The on-line library below holds all the Core Documents relating to the Inquiry. All documents will open in a new window as a PDF unless stated otherwise. The original application reference 19/00247/FUL can be viewed on our Public Access system.

Further information about the Inquiry can be obtained from Leanne Palmer, Case Officer, The Planning Inspectorate. Telephone: 0303 444 5471 Email: leanne.palmer@planninginspectorate.gov.uk
A.1 Application Forms and Certificates
A.2 Site Location Plan [Drawing Ref. 1131_001]
A.3 Planning Statement (with Design & Access Statement), prepared by W Fabian [January 2019]
A.4 Construction Strategy Statement, prepared by Simon Hitchens [January 2019]
A.5 Construction Detail, prepared by Shadbolt Civil & Structural Engineers [Drawing Ref. 2542C/510 Rev B]
A.6 Construction Details, prepared by Shadbolt Civil & Structural Engineers [Drawing Ref. 2542C/510 Rev A]
A.7 Indicative Surface Water Drainage Plan, prepared by Shadbolt Civil & Structural Engineers [Drawing Ref. 2542C/514 Rev A]
A.8 Outline Surface Water Drainage Strategy, prepared by Shadbolt Civil & Structural Engineers [January 2019]
A.9 Preliminary Risk Assessment (Phase I GeoEnvironmental), prepared by The Shadbolt Group [June 2017]
A.10 Proposed General Arrangement, prepared by Structure Workshop Engineers [Drawing Ref. 18028.901 Rev P1]
A.11 Foundation Proposal, prepared by Structure Workshop Engineers [Drawing Ref. 18028.902 Rev P1]
A.12 Ecological Appraisal, prepared by E3 Ecology [January 2019]
A.13 Transport Statement, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [January 2019]
A.14 Proposed site access arrangement visibility splay – vertical, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0004]
A.15 Site Access Arrangement, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0009]
A.16 Swept Path Analysis – Coach, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0005 Rev C]
A.17 Swept Path Analysis – Refuse Vehicle, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0007 Rev C]
A.18 Swept Path Analysis – Refuse Vehicle – For Information, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0007 Rev B]
A.19 Swept Path Analysis – Refuse Collection Ray Estate, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0010 Rev B]
A.20 Site Access Arrangement (Construction), prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [Drawing Ref. JN1784-Dwg-0009 Rev C]
A.21 Correspondence – Transport, prepared by SAJ Transport Consultants [26 March 2019]
A.22 Desk Based Assessment and Archaeological Impact Assessment, prepared by Bamburgh Research Project [January 2019]
A.23 Archaeology – Report on Trial Trench Evaluation, prepared by Bamburgh Research Project [April 2019]
A.24 Copy of news articles in local press, prepared by The Journal (Newspaper) [May/August 2018]
A.25 Future Community Engagement Strategy – Community Writing Strategy, prepared by Matthew Jarratt (Arts Curator) New Writing North
A.26 Community Exhibitions, Feedback and Website Report, prepared by Matthew Jarratt (Arts Curator)





 
E.1 Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.2 LVIA Figures (Part 1), prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.3 LVIA Figures (Part 2), prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.4 LVIA Figures (Part 3), prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.5 Landscape Precedents – Car Park Surfacing and Edging, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.6 Concept Sketch – Car Park Indicative Sketch, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_022]
E.7 Existing and Proposed Sections, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_110]
E.8 Existing Topographical Survey, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_010]
E.9 Landscape Precedents – Integrated Furniture, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [January 2019]
E.10 Landscape Strategy – Car Park Area Plan, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_101]
E.11 Landscape Strategy, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_100]
E.12 Proposed Site Plan – Construction, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_012]
E.13 Proposed Layout Plan, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_011]
E.14 Existing and Proposed Section – Landmark & Viewing Area, prepared by Southern Green Landscape Architects [Drawing Ref. 1131_111]
E.15 LVIA Review prepared by Stephenson Halliday [May 2019]

 
K.1 Appeal Statement by Keep the Wannies Wild and appendices [February 2020]
K.2 Statement of Case by Keep the Wannies Wild and appendices 1-16 [December 2020]
K.3 Proof of Evidence of Jean Jones - Landscape
K.3.1 Appendices to Proof of Evidence Jean Jones - Landscape
K.3.2 Summary of Proof of Evidence Jean Jones - Landscape
K.3.3 Rebuttal of Jean Jones (Landscape)
K.4 Proof of Evidence Jean Jones - Planning
K.4.1 Appendices to Proof of Evidence Jean Jones - Planning
K.4.2 Summary of Proof of Evidence Jean Jones - Planning
K.4.3 Rebuttal of Jean Jones (Planning)
K.5 Proof of Evidence of Anne Palmer
K.5.1 Appendices to Proof of Evidence Anne Palmer
K.5.2 Summary of Proof of Evidence Anne Palmer
K.6 Proof of Evidence of Emma Anderson
K.6.1 Appendices to Proof of Evidence Emma Anderson
K.6.2 Summary of Proof of Evidence Emma Anderson

 
Guidance for our customers on the Planning Service during Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information was last updated 3 November 2021. 

Update on progression of planning applications 
All details of a valid planning application are available to view on our Public Access system. It ​can take up to 7 working days from validation to allocate a Case Officer ​and any emails received during that time will not be acknowledged. The Case Officer will contact you in advance of a site visit if they need you to be present ​and will contact you if any further information is required.  Our Planners are dealing with high volumes of applications at present so please only contact them if absolutely necessary 0345 600 6400 and request a call back. The Officer will aim to respond within 3 working days. 

Notification letter / site notice / publicity  
If you have received a notification of a planning application/observed a site or press notice and wish to make comments please do this using our Public Access system to view application details and submit comments on a planning application. The case officer will take your comments into account during the assessment of the application however please note that you will not receive an individual acknowledgment and the case officer will not be corresponding with you directly.  We cannot send paper copies of application documents.  

Questions and advice
Before contacting us please read the information on our planning webpages as these may answer your query. We cannot give you advice on whether or not permission is required over the phone or by email because it takes time and further detail to assess this properly, for step by step advice read our Do I need planning permission guidance. Questions about specific applications should be directed to the Case Officer for that application. Their name can be found using the reference number on our Public Access system where you can also submit comments online. For anything else if you know the name of the person/team within Planning Services you need to contact please send your correspondence directly to them or view the email addresses for specific planning teams. If you are emailing us about a specific site or application please include the address/reference number so we can find it.

Changes/amendments to planning permissions
Any Government changes / extensions to permissions will be shown on our Planning News page.
Government have introduced some temporary relaxations to the normal controls over setting up temporary campsites.

The Government grants automatic planning permission for some temporary uses of land that benefit through a system known as ‘permitted development rights’ which can be undertaken without having to make a planning application. The Government has passed legislation to allow temporary, pop-up campsites to open for up to 56 days in 2021 (instead of the usual 28 days). 

There are certain rules that must be taken into consideration if you are thinking of operating a pop-up campsite on your land.

56 day limit - uses and times 

  • Only tents can be accepted, caravans and motorhomes are subject to different rules. 
  • There is no limit on the number of campers/cars.  
  • The total allowance is 56 days, it does not have to run consecutively however every day the tents/temporary facilities/surfaces are on your land it counts towards the 56 days (even if the site is unoccupied). The land must be returned to it's previous state if you are not applying the 56 days consecutively e.g. only opening at weekends.
  • It applies to the whole holding, not each field so you cannot have 56 days of camping in one field and then another 56 in another.   
  • Permanent works or operations (building, engineering, levelling land, solid base construction etc) do not fall within the 56 day rights and will likely require permission. 
  • Portable/temporary structures e.g. portaloos / temporary hard surfaces, such as a plastic cellular grid system fall within the same rights however they also count towards your 56 days.  
  • There is no requirement under the 56 day rule to provide sanitation or other facilities. 
  • Land that is within the curtilage of a non-listed building (e.g. your garden) can operate a temporary use for 28 days. 
  • Take care that the works do not place you in breach of stewardship agreements and at risk of reclaims by the Rural Payments Agency. Farmers should check with the Rural Payments Agency and/or Natural England before proceeding. 
Permitted development rights do not override existing planning conditions or legal agreements.  If you are unsure whether ‘permitted development rights’ apply or planning permission is required we would suggest you submit a pre-application enquiry

I am concerned about a site

Providing the site is complying with the relevant ‘permitted development rights’, as the Local Planning Authority we cannot take any action against unneighbourly, antisocial behaviour, litter, noise, pollution or highway safety. If you believe the occupiers of a campsite are causing a nuisance through, for example, noise or bonfires, you can contact the Council’s Public Protection department or in more serious cases of antisocial behaviour you can call the police non-emergency number 101. 

However, if you believe a site is operating in breach of planning control you should report this to planningenforcement@northuberland.gov.uk It would significantly assist us in investigating alleged breaches if you had kept dates and dated photographs. 

Where can I find out more about permitted development?  

The Government's National Planning Practice Guidance provides more information about permitted development rights

Due to the effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic, there have been some temporary changes to planning law. COVID -19 - Planning and Business Act 2020.

Certain permissions and consents that were due to expire in 2020 have now been extended.

Outline Planning Permission

  • Outline permission that would, or has expired between 19 August 2020 and 31 December 2020 is now automatically extended until 1 May 2021;
  • Outline permission that has expired between 23 March 2020 and 18 August 2020, will require an application for Additional Environmental Approval. If granted, outline permission will then be extended until 1 May 2021;
  • Any deadline for seeking the approval of reserved matters, which would otherwise or has expired between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020, is now automatically extended to 1 May 2021.

Planning Permission

  • Planning permission that would or has expired between 19 August 2020 and 31 December 2020 is now automatically extended until 1 May 2021;
  • Planning permission that has expired between 23 March 2020 and 18 August 2020, will require an application for Additional Environmental Approval. If granted, planning permission will be extended until 1 May 2021.

Listed Building Consent

  • All listed building consents with a time limit for implementation between 23 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 is automatically extended to 1 May 2021. If you would like written confirmation of this please follow the same procedure below for automatically extended planning permissions.
  • Listed building consents are not subject to a requirement to obtain Additional Environmental Approval.

Automatic extensions of time limit

You may wish us to provide written confirmation that the permission is extended. For a written confirmation of automatic extension of time please send an email quoting the planning application reference number with your name and full postal address to planning@northumberland.gov.uk. No fee is required. We are dealing with high volumes of work but will aim to provide you with a response within 7 working days of receipt. Confirmation can be requested up to 1 May 2021.

Additional environmental approval 

For an Application for Additional Environmental Approval please email the information required to planning@northumberland.gov.uk. No fee is required. To provide you with a response in time we must receive your application no later than 2 December 2020.

The Gov.uk website provides further information on what you need to submit with your application.

Futher guidance

The Gov.uk website provides further guidance on the extension of certain planning permissions

Modification of construction working hours

A new fast-track system has been introduced, which will allow an applicant to apply to extend construction working hours on a development site, where this is currently subject to a planning condition. The provisions will be in place so that any extended working hours can remain up until 1st April 2021. After 1st April 2021, the original conditions over construction hours will resume. How to apply to extend construction working hours on a development site.

View the application form and further detail on the new route for applicants seeking to extend construction site working hours introduced in the Business and Planning Act.

The aim of the new temporary fast track deemed consent route under section 74B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is to enable urgent changes to construction working hours to support safe construction working in line with the government’s latest social distancing guidance on construction and other outdoor work. For many construction sites, implementation of this guidance will require changes to working practices, including staggered starts and finishes, requiring different hours of operation to those which are currently permitted for the site through planning conditions. Local Authorities have 14 calendar days to determine such applications and no fee is required.

Application Form for Modification of Conditions relating to Construction Working Hours (Word document)

Please email the completed form to planning@northumberland.gov.uk. Note that applications can only be made electronically.

Visit the .gov.uk website for further guidance on the modification of planning conditions relating to construction working hours.
 
We are all looking forward to seeing pubs, cafes and restaurants open again.

On 22 February 2021 the Prime Minister published a roadmap for easing the lockdown restrictions. The letter received 5th March below highlights the measures now in place to support the safe re-opening of hospitality businesses, including:
  • Making it easier and cheaper for pubs, restaurants and cafes to continue to make al fresco dining a reality with outside seating, tables and street stalls to serve food and drinks.
  • Continuing to support local communities hold popular outdoor events like summer fairs, car-boot sales, and markets, without the need for planning permission.
  • The automatic right to provide takeaways and do deliveries we created at the start of the pandemic is going to continue, as will the right for pubs to have marquees and awnings without planning permission for up to two months.
 
View the original Business and Planning Act implemented in 2020 
 
If any business is considering making use of the new flexibilities they need to contact Planning Services at planning@northumberland.gov.uk as soon as possible and before they make any changes to how their property is used. We will put you in touch with the Licensing Team if this is also required when you ask us about Planning requirements.