Views sought on planning for the future

County Hall, Morpeth.
County Hall, Morpeth.
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RESIDENTS who want to have their say on future planning strategies are being reminded to have their comments in soon.

Consultation began in May on Northumberland County Council’s core strategy planning document, with officials now warning people that the deadline for any views is next Wednesday.

So far, residents, businesses and organisations have had their say on the document, which sets out important planning issues and asks people to choose between options for future development.

It is the first stage in preparation of the Core Strategy – a plan that will cover the entire county except the National Park and will eventually replace policies in old district and borough plans still used for day-to-day planning.

The consultation sets out issues on topics such as:

n Where in the county housing, employment and services should be located;

n How much housing should be allowed in places where there are very few local services;

n How to provide affordable housing where it is really needed;

n How to safeguard important mineral reserves like coal;

n How energy can be generated within the county without damaging the environment; and

n How to help wildlife survive while allowing people to enjoy open spaces and the countryside.

The council has held drop-in events throughout the county between the end of May and late July to explain the issues and help people respond to questions about them.

Coun Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for planning, housing and regeneration, said: “We have had a very good response to the consultation so far, and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t done so to express their views now.

“We want as many residents and businesses as possible to take part in this process. ”

For more information visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/corestrategy or contact (01670) 623629 or email planningstrategy@northumberland.gov.uk