Local Plan review

Northumberland National Park Authority is currently undertaking a review of the Local Plan. The draft Northumberland National Park Local Plan was submitted on the 30th September 2019, see more information on our Local Plan Consultation page.

Until a new plan is adopted, the existing Local Plan is used for current planning decisions.

What is the Local Plan?

The Local Plan is a set of documents containing the policies and programmes which guide the development and use of land in the National Park. Policies within the Local Plan also have clear links to the Northumberland National Park Management Plan. These policies are used to inform decisions on planning applications and appeals. Northumberland National Park Authority is responsible for preparing, monitoring, implementing and reviewing the Local Plan.

Why does Northumberland National Park need a Local Plan?

Local planning authorities (including National Park Authorities) are required to produce a Local Plan which has to be fully in accordance with national planning policy and guidance.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was first introduced in 2012 and sets out national planning policies for England. The government has since revised the NPPF with the latest version being published in February 2019. The online Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) provides detail on how the NPPF should be implemented and can be viewed on this website.

 

Local Plan documents

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Core Strategy and Development Policies

These policies, adopted in March 2009, guide development within the National Park and are used in the determination of planning applications.

The Northumberland National Park Core Strategy and Development Policies – PDF File

Core Strategy Map North – PDF File

Core Strategy Map South – PDF File

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

The Statement of Community Involvement outlines how the National Park Authority will involve local communities and other stakeholders in developing policy documents which have an impact on the National Park and in making decisions on planning applications.

Useful documents

The Northumberland National Park Authority (NNPA) adopted its current Statement of Community Involvement on 20th September 2017. You can view this document via the link below.

Hard-copies of the SCI are available for inspection at the Northumberland National Park Authority Headquarters, Eastburn, South Park, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1BS

For further information, please contact our Policy Team  Tel: 01434 605555

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

These provide detailed guidance on specific issues or areas. The Northumberland National Park Local Plan contains three adopted Supplementary Planning Documents:

The Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (2011) – PDF File

The Landscape Supplementary Planning Document (2011) – PDF File

Otterburn Camp Supplementary Planning Document (2007) – PDF File

Local Development Scheme

This is the production timetable outlining what documents will be produced and when.

Northumberland National Park Authority Local Development Scheme 2018-2020 – PDF File

Northumberland National Park Authority Local Development Scheme 2017-2019 – PDF File