A planning document that will shape the future of Northumberland up to 2036 and beyond was agreed by the full county council on 9th January.  The ‘publication draft’ of the plan was considered by Northumberland County Council’s full council meeting, and councillors agreed to its publication for final public scrutiny before being submitted to the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government for examination by a Local Plan Inspector submission to Government by May.

Alongside publication of the draft plan, the council has also published for consultation scoping documents for a Design Guide for Northumberland and a Highways and Transportation Design and Delivery document - which together will provide developers, landowners and applicants with holistic design principles, guidance and good practice.

The council will run 23 public drop-in events at venues across Northumberland during February and March - and the details of these will be available online and in a leaflet delivered to homes and businesses in advance of the drop-in events.  The plan will also be available in local libraries and information centres across Northumberland, and comments can be made online or in writing to the council’s planning policy team.

The Local Plan replaces the previous Core Strategy, withdrawn in July 2017.  Find out more about the Northumberland Local Plan.