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.