About our committee

The Development Management Committee is responsible for all of the Northumberland National Park Authority’s functions relating to planning and development control. It makes decisions on planning applications, including those which relate to listed buildings or buildings in conservation areas, and can authorise enforcement action where development has taken place without planning permission.

Please note that meetings and start times will be confirmed nearer the time.  Meetings will normally take place at National Park offices unless otherwise indicated.

Development Management Committee members

At the Authority’s Annual Meeting on 21 July 2021 the following nine members were elected to the Development Management Committee: Ms Marie Fallon, Mr Chris Mullin, Cllr John Riddle, Cllr Alan Sharp, Cllr Cath Homer, Cllr Sue Bolam, Cllr Val Gibson, Cllr Julian Morrison-Bell and one vacancy to be confirmed at the Authority meeting on 15 September 2021.

Julian Morrison-Bell was elected DMC Chair and Cllr Sue Bolam elected DMC Deputy Chair.

Development Management Committee meetings are open to members of the public. The agenda and reports will be made available during the week prior to the meeting. Papers from previous meetings are also available.

There will be no DMC meeting in October 2021. The next confirmed meeting of DMC will be confirmed in due course.

Would you like to attend?

Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings of the Development Management Committee. Items under Part 1 of an agenda are taken in public. Where there are items under Part 2 of the agenda which contain exempt information under Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public will be excluded from that part of the meeting.

Schedule 12A Local Government Act 1972: Access to Information – Exempt Information

Public Speaking: Opportunities for members of the public to address the Development Management Committee with regard to planning applications which are being considered are available at all Development Management Committee meetings.  For further details, please consult the Public Speaking Scheme Guidance document(from 1 January 2015).  Please note that from 1 January 2015 the earlier time to register to speak is now no later than 12 noon, two working days before the date of the meeting.

Member site visits

A site visit by the Development Management Committee may be held in connection with applications where the impact is difficult to visualise or assess from plans. The protocol for DMC site visits is set out in the Development Management Committee Site Inspection Procedure (from 1 January 2015).