Coastal villages want their own plan

Coastal villages in north Northumberland want to be considered as their own area in terms of planning and development.

Northumberland County Council’s consultation on its Core Strategy Issues and Options document ended yesterday.

It is the principal document in the Northumberland Local Development Framework; a plan setting out the county’s development strategy for the next 15 years.

It splits the county into three areas with north Northumberland covering from north of Morpeth to the Scottish border.

Seahouses, Beadnell and Bamburgh are proposing that they, and perhaps others, should be considered as a fourth coastal zone.

This is because they face many of the same issues such as high proportions of second homes, a lack of affordable housing and the need to boost employment beyond the tourism sector.