Coquetdale plan enters the consultation phase

The launch of Rothbury and Mid Coquetdale neighbourhood plan with Coun Steven Bridgett, Rev Michael Boag, Coun Jeff Reynalds, John Monagh and Coun Helen Walklett

The launch of Rothbury and Mid Coquetdale neighbourhood plan with Coun Steven Bridgett, Rev Michael Boag, Coun Jeff Reynalds, John Monagh and Coun Helen Walklett

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An ambitious neighbourhood scheme has now entered the next stage of planning and is gauging public interest.

The Mid Coquetdale Neighbourhood Plan was showcased to members of the public last Thursday at a drop-in event with the steering group.

Led by Rev Michael Boag, the scheme is designed to help the four parishes to come together and help plan for future developments for the town.

Coun Helen Walklett, from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, said: “The displays are now in All Saints Church in Rothbury where they will remain until the consultation ends on May 22.

“Feedback forms, information leaflets and comment boxes are in the church and library in Rothbury and in the two public houses in Thropton to give as many people as possible a chance to get their views across.”

Since 2011, the Government has allowed communities to produce neighbourhood development plans for their local area. Led by town or parish councils, the neighbourhood development plan, if adopted, becomes part of any statutory planning framework. The parish claims that it will enable people living and working in the area to guide where and how future developments happen.