Your chance to have say on planning

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RESIDENTS of south east Northumberland are being given the chance to have their say on planning policies that will shape the future of their towns and villages.

Over the next three months, people – along with organisations and businesses – will be able to say what they think about guidelines being drawn up to help determine what form future developments take.

The consultation is the first stage in putting together a new core strategy for the county to replace the policies drawn up by the old district and borough councils that are still consulted when making day-to-day planning decisions.

The strategy will help planners decide where housing and industrial sites should be located and how affordable housing can be provided.

The council has organised drop-in events throughout the county to explain the issues at stake.

The council’s executive member for planning, Tom Brechany, of Cramlington South East, said: “The planning issues we are exploring are strategic ones, but the options chosen will have a strong bearing on what actually happens on the ground in the towns, villages and countryside of Northumberland.

“They will decide future council policy on where development can or can’t go and how we will protect our environment.

“I urge people to take part and help shape the county’s future.”

The consultation will run until Wednesday, August 15.

For details, go to or call (01670) 623629.