Local Plan Consultation
Following an extensive consultation exercise which took place last year, with people who live, work and visit the Park, the National Park Authority has prepared a draft Local Plan of Preferred Options, which outlines detailed planning policies to help manage future development within the National Park.
Glen Sanderson, chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority, explains: “It is the responsibility of the National Park Authority to set the policies which control the future of development within one of the finest landscapes in England.
“We have a specific responsibility to maintain a balance between the need for new development in the Park, which will help to maintain thriving communities in our uplands, with the need to protect the natural, historical and built environment of this special place.
“In order to do this effectively, it is vital for us to have a Local Plan in place that will ensure all future investment and development meets agreed objectives for the benefit of our communities and the landscape.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their valuable input so far, your comments have been instrumental in helping us to identify a range of key planning and policy matters, including the provision of affordable housing, community services and job creation.
“This stage of the process is a key time for people to get involved. We want to know what you think of our draft policies before a final version of the plan is submitted to the Government for examination next year.”
Northumberland National Park Authority is hosting public consultation drop-in events at venues in and around the Park. The sessions give local communities a further opportunity to share their views and help shape the Park’s emerging planning and development policies.
The Local Plan consultation events are open from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the following venues:
Tuesday 04 September 2018: Elsdon Village Hall, Elsdon, NE19 1AB.
Tuesday 11 September 2018: Bardon Mill Village Hall, Hexham, NE47 7DX.