Drop-in events for council’s strategy

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Drop-in events about the core strategy of Northumberland’s Local Plan are due to start on Tuesday.

There will 28 drop-in events across the county, where people can speak to planning officers and find out more about the strategy.

In December, the council published the full draft of the core strategy, an important planning document which will be used to guide development decisions countywide.

Residents, businesses, community organisations and other interested organisations and individuals are being encouraged to study the plan, and provide written views and feedback.

The current phase of consultation is open from December 12 until February 11.

Drop-in events will be held at: Cramlington Library, January 6, 1pm to 7pm; Morpeth Corn Exchange, January 10, 10am to 2pm; Seaton Valley Offices in Seaton Delaval, January 12, 10am to 2pm; Bedlington County Council Offices, January 15, 1pm to 7.30pm; Choppington Social Welfare Centre, January 16, 1pm to 4pm; Newbiggin Leisure Centre, January 17, 10am to 2pm; Ashington Library, January 22, 2pm to 7.30pm, and Blyth Library, January 27, 2pm to 7pm.

Coun Allan Hepple, policy board member responsible for housing, planning and regeneration at Northumberland County Council, said: “The policies we are proposing are aimed at economic growth for Northumberland and are founded on supporting local jobs and connected communities, whilst protecting what makes Northumberland special.

“This plan will work hand in hand with the economic strategy for the county, with the aim of enabling up to 10,000 new jobs by 2031.

“We have considered all comments on previous versions of the strategy and there have been a lot of changes made to this draft plan, including to proposed housing numbers. We have also carried out a considerable amount of additional work, to make sure that proposals are fully justified, and meet national planning guidelines.

“We are protecting more than 99 per cent of the Green Belt in Northumberland – with only modest boundary changes proposed where there are exceptional circumstances to justify them.”

Key issues identified in the plan are the need for Northumberland to have a strong economy with more businesses and jobs – an important link with the council’s economic strategy.

To read the full core strategy and make your comments, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/corestrategy