Drop-in to launch plan


An ambitious neighbourhood plan for Upper Coquetdale is launching today with a special drop-in event at the Jubilee Hall in Rothbury.

Organisers are calling for the community to support the plan at the event from 2p to 7pm, which is being led by the Rev Michael Boag, Rector of Upper Coquetdale.

The plan, formed by Cartington, Rothbury, Thropton and Witton and Tosson parish councils, supported by Northumberland County Council and Northumberland National Park Authority, will map out the future development for the area.

Helen Walklett, who is coordinating the work, said: ‘This is a very important opportunity for the people living and working in this community to have their views on future development heard.

“I would urge everyone to come along on the 23rd and be involved right from the start in shaping our future.”

Since 2011, the Government has allowed communities to produce plans for their local area.

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.

The plans can cover any matter important to the local community such as employment opportunities, housing, parking, transport, natural environment and design.

With the plan, councils can suggest certain areas they would like to see housing developments built to protect certain areas.

The scheme was introduced by government to give local councils more of a voice. It also gives planning officers a ‘crib sheet’ when considering development opportunities in the area.

For further information, head down to the meeting this afternoon or contact Coun Helen Walklett via email at