Have your say on Northumberland’s core strategy

The core strategy will provide the planning principles and guide future development and planning decisions in Northumberland up to 2031.
The core strategy will provide the planning principles and guide future development and planning decisions in Northumberland up to 2031.

Northumberland County Council has published a full draft of the core strategy, an important planning document which will be used to guide development decisions across the county.

Residents, businesses, community organisations and other interested organisations and individuals are being encouraged to study the plan, and provide written views and feedback.

The plan is available online and hard copies can be viewed at council planning office receptions and in libraries. Comments can also be made online, or provided in writing or by email.

This current phase of consultation is open from now until February 11 next year with 28 drop-in events taking place across the county in January, where people can speak to planning officers and find out more about the strategy.

Coun Allan Hepple, policy board member responsible for housing, planning and regeneration at the council, said: “The policies we are proposing are aimed at economic growth for Northumberland and are founded on supporting local jobs and connected communities, while protecting what makes Northumberland special.

“This plan will work hand in hand with the economic strategy for the county, with the aim of enabling up to 10,000 new jobs by 2031.

“We have considered all comments on previous versions of the strategy and there have been a lot of changes made to this draft plan, including to proposed housing numbers.

“We have also carried out a considerable amount of additional work, to make sure that proposals are fully justified, and meet national planning guidelines.

“We are protecting more than 99 per cent of the green belt in Northumberland – with only modest boundary changes proposed where there are exceptional circumstances to justify them.”

List of drop-in events in the area

Wednesday, January 7: Seahouses Sports and Community Centre, noon to 4pm.

Friday, January 9: Rothbury Jubilee Hall, 10am to 1pm.

Wednesday, January 14: Wooler, Cheviot Centre, 10am to 2pm.

Saturday, January 17: Alnwick, Northumberland Hall, 10am to 2pm.

Monday, January 19: Amble Development Trust, 2pm to 7pm.

Wednesday, January 21: Belford, Bell View, 9am to noon.

Friday, January 30: Alnwick Library, noon to 4pm.