Plan Preparation

Northumberland National Park Authority is currently undertaking a review of the Local Plan. The draft Local Plan was submitted on the 30th September 2019.

This page details the evidence gathered and consultation undertaken in preparing the new Local Plan.

For the submitted version of the Local Plan and the Examination Library visit our Local Plan Examination page.



Over the past three years we have engaged with residents, businesses, organisations and stakeholders. We have received positive and constructive comments which have helped us understand how our local communities see the National Park developing in the future.

Under Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning Act 2012, we are required to publish a Consultation Statement summarising the representations made and how these were taken into account in plan-making.

For each round of consultation, the consulted document and Feedback Report can be found below.

Consultation Documents

Issues Paper

This was the first formal consultation stage held over 8 weeks from 27th February 2017 to 28th April 2017:

Issues Paper Consultation Draft
Issues Paper Consultation Feedback Report

Policy Options

The second stage of formal consultation was held over 8 weeks from 16th October 2017 to 11th December 2017:

Policy Options Paper
Policy Options Consultation Feedback Report

Preferred Options

The third stage of formal consultation was held over 8 weeks from 30th July 2018 to 24th September 2018:

Preferred Options Draft Plan
Preferred Options Consultation Feedback Report

Publication Draft

The final stage of formal consultation was held over 6 weeks from 31st May 2019 to 12th July 2019:

Publication Draft Local Plan
Publication Draft Consultation Feedback Report


The evidence base below was used in the preparation of the Local Plan. These documents were used to ensure the new plan is underpinned by relevant and up-to-date evidence.

Please note this is different from the Examination Library which is submitted for examination with the final draft.

Evidence Documents


Community Facilities and Infrastructure

NNPA Infrastructure Plan 2017Identifies future strategic and community infrastructure needed to deliver the Local Plan.

Environmental Reports

Housing and Employment

Minerals and Waste

Monitoring and Engagement

Natural Environment