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Consulting you about the Northumberland National Park Local Plan

Local Plan Consultation

Have your say with our Local Plan Consultation.

The current Local Plan for the National Park (Local Development Framework Core Strategy and Development Policies document) was adopted in 2009. The government requires local planning authorities to review and update their Local Plan every five years. The current plan is therefore out of date and we are now reviewing it.

The aim is to produce a new Local Plan that will guide development and land use across the Park over the next twenty years until 2037. You now have the opportunity to shape how this Plan is starting to evolve.

Come along to one of our public consultation drop-in events – Your chance to have your say!

You are invited to drop in to any one of our consultation events, being held at the locations listed below, where you can have an informal discussion with planning officers and provide your thoughts and ideas on the future development of the National Park.

Date Place Time
7th March 2017 Village Hall, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7DX 2pm – 7pm
14th March 2017 Haltwhistle Library, Westgate, Haltwhistle, NE49 0AX 2pm – 7pm
23rd March 2017 Jubilee Hall, Bridge Street, Rothbury, Morpeth, NE65 7SD 2pm – 7pm
29th March 2017 Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6BL 2pm – 7pm
4th April 2017 Bellingham Town Hall, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2AA 2pm – 7pm

In addition we are hosting community workshops in the following locations. These are aimed at local communities of the National Park to have their say on what are the most important issues relating to planning in their local area.

Date Place Time
16th March 2017 Matthew Ridley Memorial Hall, Falstone, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 1AA 2pm – 5pm
6th April 2017 Village Hall, Kirknewton, Northumberland, NE71 6XF 2pm – 5pm
12th April 2017 Elsdon Village Hall, Elsdon, Northumberland, NE19 1AA 2pm – 5pm
20th April 2017 Harbottle Village Hall, Harbottle, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7DG 2pm – 5pm
26th April 2017 Stonehaugh Community Village Hall, Stonehaugh, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 3DZ 2pm – 5pm

What do we want your views on?

A consultation document, Local Plan 2017 – 2037 – Issues Paper – Consultation Draft (February 2017) sets out the detailed proposals of what we think are the key issues for the future planning of the National Park. This document is available to download using the link below. You can also download a leaflet summarising the consultation and providing answers to some frequently asked questions.

Click to download the consultation document: Consultation Draft Local Plan Issues Paper

Click to download the summary leaflet: Local Plan consultation FAQs summary leaflet

We have compiled a questionnaire of the key issues on which we are seeking your views. To complete this survey online please click here to visit Survey Monkey.

Alternatively you can download an MS Word or PDF version of the questionnaire using the following links.

MS Word: Issues Paper questionnaire response form

PDF: Issues Paper questionnaire response form

Your completed questionnaire should be returned to us no later than 4.30p.m. on Friday 28th April 2017 by email to: or by post to:

Forward Planning
Northumberland National Park Authority
South Park
NE46 1BS

Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment Reports

The preliminary draft environmental assessment reports that have been produced to support the preparation of the Local Plan are also available to view or download via the links below:

NNPA Issues Paper Habitats Regulations Assessment Preliminary Report

NNPA Issues Paper Preliminary Sustainability Statement

Further information on the evidence that underpins the Local Plan review, including the Infrastructure Plan and the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment, is available here.

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.


Hexham Enterprise Hub

Find out more about the Hexham Enterprise Hub @ Eastburn which offers a number of different work space areas and perfect facilities for meetings, discussions and networking.