Call for parish input on plan for the coastline


Representatives of the body that protects the north Northumberland coastline want the parish council to have a say on the future of its management.

At Monday night’s meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, members welcomed Jessica Turner and Iain Robson, who spoke about the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan for 2014 t0 2019.

The team is working on this now, but Mr Robson said that he was disappointed that when the first section went out to consultation in the summer, only one of the coastal parishes had a say.

The second stage goes out to consultation towards the end of the month and he encouraged members to respond to it.

Its three themes are: Conserve and enhance the special landscape; a thriving and living landscape; and a place to celebrate and explore.

They also want to develop an understanding of the make-up of communities and asked councillors to create a map which reveals the number of permanent homes compared to second homes and holiday lets.

County Coun John Woodman said: “This is the sort of thing which drives how planners think, how planning committees think and, perhaps more importantly, how planning inspectors think. Otherwise, developers can do pretty much what they want.”