A consultation on a new Local Plan for the whole of Northumberland opened on 4th July.  Residents, businesses, community and voluntary groups, town and parish town councils, and anyone with an interest in the future of Northumberland will be able to have their say.

Public consultation on this full draft plan will run for six weeks - up to Wednesday 15 August.

In order to provide maximum opportunity for people to find out more, and ask questions about the plan, the council has arranged 23 drop-in events at community venues right across the county.

The Local Plan includes all of the main planning policies for the county, and maps out where new homes will be built, new jobs created and new services provided.  It has been designed to grow and diversify the economy of Northumberland, and identifies measures to enable 15,000 new jobs to be created in the county by 2036.  As well as where new homes will be built it identifies of what type, and is promoting a high quality of design for new building in Northumberland.

Aiming to protect the Green Belt from new development and preserving the special qualities of Northumberland it will also identify where new services and infrastructure are needed to support communities.

The full draft plan, including an interactive map and details on how to respond, is available on the council’s website www.northumberland.gov.uk/localplan.   You can also view copies of the plan in libraries, customer information centres and council offices.

If you have queries you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0345 600 6400

The panel member position will involve up to two meetings a year to make recommendations on grant applications to the Community Foundation.  The Foundation is interested in attracting applicants from within the fund area of benefit, Blyth, East Bedlington, Cambois and the Seaton Valley.
The deadline for applications to the position of community panel member is Friday 6 July 2018. Further details at .www.communityfoundation.org.uk/post/advisory-panel-members-wanted-for-blyth-windfarm/

The Care Quality Commission has recently published two new resources to help drive improvement in GP practice and in adult social care:
Driving improvement: Case studies from 10 GP practices -  A wide range of staff were interviewed at ten GP practices originally rated as inadequate or requires improvement to discover what common traits these services have that helped them improve to either good or outstanding at their next inspection.  The biggest thing all of these practices had in common, was understanding everyone had a role to play in improving services, including staff: clinical, nursing, administrative, and managerial, as well as patients.  Could you help your local GP hear the patient voice and what improvements they want to see? 
Driving improvement: Case studies from adult social care services - Nine  adult social care services were interviewed across the country that have managed to turn around their inspection quality rating from inadequate to good.   This report provides honest insight from a wide range of people, including people using the services, as well as their families and carers, and staff and other professionals.  They describe how it felt to be rated as inadequate, what impact this had, the challenges they had to overcome and how they got back on track.
Can you help your local GP practices or adult social care service hear the patient voice? Use these reports to start a conversation and tell the CQC about it at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The cross-government loneliness team, hosted by the Office for Civil Society (OCS) in the DCMS, has issued an online call for evidence to inform the loneliness strategy framework, which will be published later in 2018. 

The strategy will be its first step in tackling the long-term challenge of loneliness. Loneliness is a complex issue that affects many different groups of people, and its evidence base is still developing.

Deadline for completing the survey is 10.00am on Friday 20 July.  Take part in the survey​​

Diabetes UK is hosting a consultation to find out the views of anyone who has been on or might go on the NHS England Diabetes Programme in future, or anyone who has Type 2 diabetes, their families and carers.

The six to nine month long programme helps to support people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes to make lifestyle changes to reduce this risk.  The consultation focuses on the proposed changes to introduce more remote delivery as well as face to face sessions, to make the programme more accessible for more people. 

The consultation includes a link to an online information sheet as well as an online survey.  You can find more out about the NHS England Diabetes Programme or you can contact Jess Croll-Knight 020 7424 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.