Council looking for referendum to be held in near future

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Town councillors are hoping that a referendum for the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan (MNP) will take place at the end of January or early February.

The set of policies that will help shape future developments and projects in the town and most of its surrounding villages was approved by Northumberland County Council two months ago.

If there is a ‘Yes’ vote from over half of those who turn out on the day of the referendum, it will be adopted.

It will then be used to help determine all planning applications in the plan area, which also includes Hebron, Hepscott, Mitford and Pegswood, through to 2031.

Coun Joan Tebbutt, chairman of the MNP steering group, said: “Hopefully, the referendum will take place at the back end of January or in early February.

“A short information leaflet outlining how the MNP would work within the planning system will be produced.

“The figure quoted to deliver them to all households in the plan area is £1,650. It will be worth having discussions with the other parishes as they have contributed funds for MNP purposes in the past on a pro-rata basis.”

At the full council meeting, members agreed to allocate a maximum of £2,000 from contingencies for neighbourhood plan publicity.

If the costs are set to be more than this amount, the matter will be discussed by members of the finance and general purposes committee.

The document sets out policies and community actions to support the local economy, transport measures, leisure facilities, heritage and education provision.

In addition, open space, wildlife corridors and landscape corridors have been designated for protection.

Full details are available at www.themorpethneighbourhoodplan.org.uk