Last chance to have your say on key town plan

Bridge Street, Morpeth.'REF 0303157971
Bridge Street, Morpeth.'REF 0303157971
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Have your say

Residents in Morpeth and some of its surrounding villages have one final opportunity to comment on a document that will help shape the area’s future.

Various policies and actions for the town centre, as well as Hebron, Hepscott, Mitford and Pegswood, through to 2031 have been detailed by a steering group of councillors and other volunteers.

The Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan was recently submitted to Northumberland County Council and a six-week period of publicity about it starts tomorrow and runs until Monday, August 3.

It will then be assessed by an independent examiner, who will publish a report later this year. The final stage is a public referendum and if it is approved, it will be taken into account when planning applications are considered.

Comments made by residents during the publicity period will be considered by the independent examiner, who will recommend whether any further changes should be made to the plan to ensure it meets legal requirements.

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet board member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: “Preparation of the plan has provided a very valuable opportunity for the county council to work with and support the town and parish Councils in creating a document that meets the needs and aspirations of local communities across the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan area.

“We have allocated a project team to provide knowledge and expertise in support of the process.”

The plan and accompanying documents can be viewed at Morpeth Library and County Hall and online at www.northumberland.gov.uk

Representations can be emailed to PlanningStrategy@northumberland.gov.uk or posted to Communities and Infrastructure Team, Planning and Housing Services, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF.