The current Local Plan (Local Development Framework Core Strategy and Development Policies document) was adopted in 2009.
The Local Plan sets out policies to guide future development in the National Park and is the starting point when we make a decision on planning applications. It covers issues such as; house extensions, design, the environment, listed buildings, housing, business, farming, tourism, quarrying, and land for development.
A lot has changed since we adopted our current local plan and we are now going through the process of reviewing it. The aim of the review is to produce a new Local Plan that will guide future development and land use within the National Park over the next twenty years.
When reviewing the Local Plan, the authority needs to ensure that the interests of all those affected by planning decisions made in the future are taken into account and that decisions are made in the wider public interest.
The first consultation of the Local Plan review (Spring 2017) offered residents, communities, visitors, businesses and other organisations an opportunity to tell us their views on how the new local plan should guide future development within the National Park.
The Issues Consultation Paper set out the likely planning issues the new local plan would potentially need to address.
Consultation Draft Local Plan Issues Paper – PDF File
A report summarising the response to this consultation has been prepared and can be viewed using the link at the end of this page.
Following the Issues paper consultation, a Policy Options Paper was consulted on in autumn/winter 2017. This began to suggest a potential direction of travel for policy formulation.
Local Plan Policy Options Paper – PDF File
Subsequently, the outcomes from both of these consultations plus updated evidence led to the production of a Preferred Options Draft Plan which was also subject to public consultation between July and September 2018. This draft plan can be viewed below.
Northumberland National Park Authority Local Plan Preferred Options Draft Plan 2018 – PDF File
You can find out more about the timetable for the Review and how you can get involved by viewing the Local Development Scheme above. We are also currently collecting evidence which will inform the local plan and this will be published below in due course.