Thousands get to have a say on local plan

Northumberland residents have had their say during consultation on a plan which will shape the county until 2031.

Residents have been attending organised events and taken part in an online forum to comment on the issues highlighted in the county council’s preferred options for housing, employment and the Green Belt.

The most recent stage of consultation on the proposals outlined detailed evidence which shows that for Northumberland to be economically viable into the future it needs more homes for working families.

Coun Allan Hepple, policy member for planning, housing and regeneration, said: “We are extremely pleased with the response from residents and organisations across Northumberland.

“It is very good to see that so many people have engaged with the consultation to help to ensure Northumberland is a vibrant and thriving county, and its special environmental qualities are protected.”

The next phase of consultation on the core strategy for the Northumberland Local Plan is scheduled to take place from April.

During the coming months the council will be doing further work with local communities to refine the draft.