What is Neighbourhood Planning?
Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act in 2011 and gives communities the opportunity to shape and define how their area should grow and change in the future. In Northumberland National Park, this must be led by parish councils.
There are 30 parish councils covering Northumberland National Park and all include at least some land which lies within Northumberland County Council’s Planning Authority. In most cases, therefore, communities wishing to pursue a Neighbourhood Plan will require support from both Planning Authorities. Information on Neighbourhood Planning at Northumberland County Council can be found here.