Consultation on final changes to key plan

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member responsible for housing.

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member responsible for housing.

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Northumberland County Council is set to launch a consultation on the final changes to a key planning document, which sets out how development should be directed up to 2031.

If agreed by the decision-making cabinet in early November, final major modifications to the core strategy of Northumberland’s Local Plan will be consulted on from November 11 to December 23, with submission to the Government then scheduled for March 2017.

The main modifications planned are in relation to the proposal for a Garden Village at Dissington, near Ponteland, changes to employment land allocations at Morpeth and a supplementary planning document for land at south-east Ponteland.

Through the core strategy and the economic strategy for the county, the local authority wants to ensure a prosperous Northumberland, founded on quality local jobs and connected communities. It wants to help to create 10,000 new jobs by 2031.

Key to this is attracting new workers, who need affordable and decent homes, and the council wants to extend choice in the housing market and address the shortfall in affordable housing.

This is the seventh public consultation stage on the core strategy and on each occasion, the council has taken comments and feedback into account and adjusted details in the documents, where possible, as a result.

A report will be considered by the council’s economic growth and strategic transport overview and scrutiny committee next Tuesday before final approval for the consultation at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, November 2.

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member for economic growth at Northumberland County Council, said: “The council has ambitious plans for a prosperous Northumberland founded on quality local jobs and connected communities.

“We are determined that Northumberland will grow and prosper – with more jobs, more residents of working age and a greater choice in the housing market.”