Have your say on how the National Park develops

Glen Sanderson, chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority.
Glen Sanderson, chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority.

Northumberland National Park Authority wants to hear people’s views on its draft plan for how it should develop over the next 20 years.

The Authority sets the policies which control the future of development within the Park, one of England’s finest landscapes.

It is hosting eight consultation events throughout the Park area to give local people and businesses the opportunity to have their say on how the draft Local Plan.

Following an extensive consultation with more than 700 people who live, work and visit the Park earlier this year, the National Park Authority has prepared a draft paper outlining options for the redesign of its local planning policies to ensure they are fit for the future.

Glen Sanderson, chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We have a specific responsibility to maintain a balance between the need for new development in the Park which will help maintain thriving communities in our uplands, with the need to protect the natural, historical and built environment of this special place.

“To do this effectively, it’s vital for us to have a Local Plan in place that will ensure all future investment and development meets agreed objectives for the benefit of the landscape and our communities.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their input so far, their comments have been instrumental in helping to identify a range of key issues, including the provision of community services, affordable housing and job creation.

“This stage of the process is a key time for people to get involved; we want to know what people think our future planning guidelines should be as we seek to establish the detailed policies for the draft Plan when it is published next summer.”

The first of the eight events, at Harbottle, took place yesterday, but another seven are planned.

All sessions take place from 4.30pm to 8.30pm: October 24, Elsdon Village Hall; November 1, Bardon Mill Village Hall; Nov 8, Cheviot Centre, Wooler; Nov 15, Bellingham Town Hall; Nov 22, Otterburn Memorial Hall; No 29, Matthew Ridley Memorial Hall, Falstone; December 6, The Sill.