Northumberland National Park Authority is consulting on a Local Plan Policy Options Paper from Monday 16th October 2017 until Monday 11th December 2017.

This consultation follows on from the Issues Paper consultation earlier this year where we sought your views on the key issues that your thought should be addressed in the new Local Plan. We have now prepared a series of potential policy options based on the issues identified. We would like to know your thoughts on which of these you would, or would not, like to see taken forward into future planning policies. Perhaps you would like to suggest alternative options of your own to be considered.

The Policy Options Paper and a shorter Summary/FAQs document are available to download using the links below.

Should you wish to make a written representation, this should be returned to us at:

  • Forward Planning, Northumberland National Park Authority, Eastburn, South Park, Hexham, NE46 1BS; or
  • By email to

Alternatively to complete our online questionnaire please click on the link here.

You can also download a Word or PDF version of the questionnaire using the following links.

We look forward to receiving your comments. Please make sure your response reaches us by no later than 5p.m. on Monday 11th December 2017. 

Drop-in consultation events

You are invited to attend one of our drop-in consultation events, listed below, where you can have an informal discussion with an officer and provide us with your ideas on how future development should be managed in the National Park. All of these events will run from 4.30p.m. until 8.30p.m.

Wednesday 18th OctoberHarbottle Village Hall, Harbottle, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7DG
Tuesday 24th OctoberElsdon Village Hall, Elsdon, Northumberland, NE19 1AB
Wednesday 1st NovemberVillage Hall, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7DX
Wednesday 8th NovemberCheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6BL
Wednesday 15th NovemberBellingham Town Hall, Manchester Square, Bellingham, Northumberland, NE48 2AS
Wednesday 22nd NovemberOtterburn Memorial Hall, Main Street, Otterburn, Northumberland, NE19 1NP
Wednesday 29th NovemberMatthew Ridley Memorial Hall, Falstone, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 1AA
Wednesday 6th DecemberThe Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7AN


Hard copies of the consultation documents will also be available for public inspection (from the 16th October 2017) during normal opening hours at:

NNPA offices / information points

  • Eastburn, South Park, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1BS
  • The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7AN


  • Bellingham Library, Bellingham Town Hall, Manchester Square, Bellingham, NE48 2AS
  • Haltwhistle Library, Westgate, Haltwhistle, NE49 0AX
  • Haydon Bridge Library, Church Street, Haydon Bridge, NE47 6JQ
  • Hexham Library, Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS
  • Kielder Library, Kielder Community First School, Kielder, NE48 1HQ
  • Rothbury Library, Front Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TZ
  • Wooler Library, Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler, NE71 6BL

Library opening hours can be found on Active Northumberland’s My Library website at:

Call for Local Green Space designations

In addition to consulting on the Policy Options Paper, the Authority would also like to invite submissions for the designation of Local Green Spaces. National planning policy enables local communities to identify for special protection green areas of particular importance to them. By designating land as Local Green Space this will mean that development on which will only be permitted in very special circumstances. Hard copies of the Local Green Space designation submission form will also be available at each of the consultation events, NNPA offices/information points and the libraries listed above.

You can download the Local Green Space designation submission form using the link below.

Please also ensure that completed designation submission forms reach us by no later than 5p.m. on Monday 11th December.

Alternative formats of the Options Paper, consultation documents and Local Green Space designation submission form are available on request, such as large print, audio or translated. Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your needs.