Submission Updates & Inspector's Documents
15th July 2020
The Northumberland National Park Local Plan has been formally adopted by members at a Full Authority meeting held on 15th July. The adopted version of the Local Plan can be found on our Local Plan page. This now replaces all policies of the former Core Strategy (2009). In accordance with Reg. 35, our Adoption Statement, Sustainability Appraisal and information on judicial appeals can all be found on our Consultation page.
25th June 2020
NNPA is required to maintain an updated Policies Map, as set out in paragraph 7 of the Inspector’s Report. This version is to accompany the Local Plan if adopted by the Authority. An interactive version is also available online.
18th June 2020
NNPA received the Inspector’s Report on 17th June. The Report concludes that the Local Plan is sound with a number of modifications already consulted on.
A final version of the Local Plan, with the modifications embedded, has been produced. The Authority will now consider the Local Plan for adoption on the 15th July 2020. The Local Plan will carry significant weight in planning decisions prior to adoption as per Paragraph 48 of the NPPF (February 2019).
A notice has been e-mailed out to all Local Plan consultees outlining the above.
7th May 2020
The Consultation on the Main Modifications has closed. Comments were received from the following respondents [click to view]:
Historic England – Local Plan comments and SEA comments
Home Builders Federation
Minerals Products Association
Northumberland County Council
Scottish Borders Council – no comments
12th March 2020
The Authority has agreed a Schedule of Main Modifications with the Inspector, considered necessary to make the Local Plan sound.
A Tracked Main Modifications Local Plan has also been published to show the changes within the full Local Plan document.
A further Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment have been prepared to take account of the Main Modifications.
These documents will be subject to a 7-week consultation period from the 17th March 2020 to the 5th May 2020.
The documents will be available on our Local Plan Consultation page from the 17th March.
5th February 2020
During the hearing the Inspector gave the Authority additional time to consider Policy DM3. The letter below from NNPA to the Inspector highlights the conclusions made regarding that policy. A schedule of proposed modifications was also included presenting the proposed policy changes as an outcome.
NNPA Letter to Inspector – 5th February 2020
NNPA Modification Schedule (Local Centres only) – 5th February 2020
30th January 2020
The Inspector held an examination hearing at NNPA’s headquarters. It was concluded that the Authority had complied with the Duty to Cooperate and the Plan could be made sound subject to modifications.
13th December 2019
Deadline for submission of statements in response to the Inspector’s MIQs (see below).
The Programme Officer received only one response (in addition to the Authority):
EXMIQHBF – Matter 4 Housing (Home Builders Federation)
12th December 2019
NNPA submitted their responses to the Inspector’s MIQs. These can be seen below:
EXMIQ01 – Matter 1 Legal Requirements
EXMIQ02 – Matter 2 Duty to Cooperate
EXMIQ03 – Matter 3 Strategic Policies
EXMIQ04 – Matter 4 Housing
EXMIQ05 – Matter 5 DM Policies
In the Authority’s response (dated 15th Nov ’19) to the Inspector’s initial letter, it was considered that it was inappropriate to undertake an Appropriate Assessment. Natural England were consulted on the revised HRA (NNPA-006a) and concurred with this approach, through a letter, also submitted to the inspector on the 12th December 2019.
25th November 2019
The Inspector accepted a request from NNPA to add the Monitoring Report to the Examination Library – see NNPA-099 below.
15th November 2019
NNPA replied to the Inspector’s initial letter with a response on 15th November 2019. This letter confirmed receipt of the MIQs, Guidance and Timetable. The letter also responded to the Inspector’s queries on the Habitats Regulation Assessment. As a result, a new updated version has been added to the Examination Library below – see NNPA-006a which supersedes NNPA-006.
14th November 2019
As part of the initial letter the Inspector requested that document NNPA-002 Schedule of Modifications (see Examination Library below) be split into Main and Minor modifications. These new documents are available here (please note the original modification reference numbers within the document have been retained):
NNPA-002a Schedule of Main Modifications
NNPA-002b Schedule of Minor Modifications
7th November 2019
The Inspector has sent through initial queries/comments to the Authority which can be viewed here: Inspector’s Initial Queries to the Authority
1st October 2019
The Secretary of State has appointed Kevin Ward BA(Hons) MRTPI to conduct the examination into the Local Plan.
30th September 2019
The Northumberland National Park Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State (MHCLG) on 30th September 2019. There will now be an examination process before the plan can be adopted.