The first steps have been taken to designate a neighbourhood planning area which will cover the parishes of Acomb and Wooler. Consultation on whether the local community supports this as a suitable area for neighbourhood planning is taking place from 9 October to the 9 November 2015.
In Northumberland, neighbourhood planning must be led by parish and town councils, and through the plan they can use powers to shape where new homes, shops, offices and other businesses should be built, and what those new buildings should look like. Plans must also take into account national planning policy and the policies set out in the Northumberland Local Plan. The county council has a statutory role in neighbourhood planning and it supports groups involved by providing advice on processes to be followed and by giving practical and technical support.
Details of the applications can be found on Northumberland County Council’s website.
Representations must be received by Northumberland County Council on or before 9 November 2015 for the Acomb area and 20th November for the Wooler area.