Public opinion wanted on development plans

RESIDENTS are being urged to put forward their views on the suitability of sites in Northumberland which are being considered for housing developments.

Site ratings undertaken as part of a strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA) are being published by Northumberland County Council and the Northumberland National Park Authority.

Drop-in sessions for the public to comment are being held between 2pm and 6pm on May 18, at Morpeth Library in Gas House Lane, and between 10am and 2pm on May 20, at Blyth Library in Bridge Street.

The SHLAA aims to identify sites with potential for housing development during the next 15 years and provides guidance for the council when developing future planning policies.

Sites included in the assessment have been nominated by the council, landowners, developers, planning agents and other interested parties, for consideration as potential housing sites.

Some sites already have outline or full planning permission, but many are outside the planning process.

These include vacant or derelict land and buildings, surplus public sector areas, agricultural land and sites within established residential locations.

Coun Tom Brechany said: “Having established a number of sites which we feel could be suitable for housing development in the future we are very keen to consult widely on these.

“I would encourage people to come along to one of our drop-in sessions, or have a look at the site assessments online.”

Individual assessments can be viewed at from Friday May 13, and a form for making comments can be downloaded.

Representations about the SHLAA can also be submitted by e-mail to or sent in writing, to the Local Development Framework (LDF) Team, Local Services Group, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF.

The closing date for responses is 5pm on Friday, June 10.