Residents to get more say in future

NEW powers to give local people more influence to determine the future of their areas are to be tried out in Alnwick and Denwick.

They have been chosen as front-runners to try out neighbourhood planning – a new power being introduced by the Government to give people a real voice in deciding how development will look in their area.

Alnwick Town Council will be leading the preparation of the plan, working closely with Denwick Parish Council along with local community groups and using support and guidance from Northumberland County Council.

These organisations form part of a neighbourhood plan steering group which is chaired by Coun Alan Symmonds, Mayor of Alnwick.

“This neighbourhood planning process will give our residents a real opportunity to shape the future of our communities and influence, for example, what the town will look like, in say 15 years time,” he said.

“Over the coming weeks a start will be made with initial consultation, engagement and information gathering. Questionnaires will be delivered to all households and businesses and I urge residents to tell us their key issues and priorities.”

The whole process will take at least 18 months to complete and if the majority of residents support the final proposals then Northumberland County Council, as the local planning authority, must bring it into force.