Surveys will help support plan creation

Belford. Picture by Jane Coltman
Belford. Picture by Jane Coltman

Belford Parish Council is to issue two surveys to support the creation of a neighbourhood plan for its parishes of Belford, Middleton and Warenton and a vision for land use through to the year 2031.

The aim is to encourage residents to look to the future over the next 10 to 15 years and envisage not only their own housing needs but to use some ‘blue-sky-thinking’ to picture their vision of how vacant local land could be used to grow the future of their own village community.

A map of the village will be included for respondents to mark up where they think development could take place and what sort of development it might be, for example, housing, parking, industrial use, etc.

It will support the enhancement of Belford village and the surrounding neighbourhood area as a place to live, work and visit through to 2031.

Once residents’ thoughts and ideas have been analysed, they will be consolidated into a Neighbourhood Plan for Belford which will be submitted to form part of the county council’s future plans to 2031.

These Neighbourhood Plan policies, once adopted, will be used by Northumberland County Council as the basis for determining planning applications.

The two surveys will be delivered to all local residents, businesses, local community groups and stakeholders from Monday, for return by 4pm on Monday, October 31, to collection points in the village at the newsagents on the High Street, the Co-op, St Mary’s CofE Middle School, Sunnyhills Farm Shop and the Community Group shop.

The draft vision and objectives can be viewed on the Belford Neighbourhood Plan website at