Public views sought on council planning document

A COUNCIL is inviting comments on a scoping report that will help to develop the Northumberland Core Strategy – a principal planning document for the county.

Northumberland County Counci’s report will establish the scope and methodology for a sustainability appraisal of the core strategy – looking at what might be the environmental, social and economic consequences and identifying ways of achieving a balance between these issues.

The scoping report is for the sustainability appraisal for a single combined Northumberland Core Strategy, which now includes the Northumberland Minerals and Waste Core Strategy.

A new revised, combined and updated sustainability appraisal scoping report has been produced to assess the single core strategy and people are encouraged to provide comments on the document by January 23, 2012.

Coun Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for planning, housing and regeneration at Northumberland County Council, said: “An important part of preparing the core strategy is the identification, examination and assessment of the likely effects of policies and proposals on our environment, economy and society.

“This system is called sustainability appraisal and will help to ensure that such effects are taken into account in the preparation of the core strategy. I would encourage people to have a look at the scoping report and make any comments that they have.”

The Northumberland Core Strategy is the principal document in the Northumberland Local Development Framework. It will set out a strategic vision and a spatial strategy for development in Northumberland over the next 15 years to address the challenges and opportunities faced.

The scoping report can be viewed online at and the deadline for responses is Monday, January 23, 2012, at 5pm.

Comments can be made by e-mail to or in writing to Planning Strategy, Development Services, Local Services Group, Northumberland County Council, Morpeth NE61 2EF.