Neighbourhood plan for Ponteland reaching final stage

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A final draft Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan setting out planning policies for the area has now been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

A six-week period of publicity about the document starts today and runs until Monday, June 5, before the plan is assessed by an independent examiner – who will publish a report later this year.

The county council is now inviting people with an interest in the area to make final comments during this period.

Comments made at this stage 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.

If it passes independent examination, it will be put to a local referendum where people living in the Ponteland Neighbourhood Area can vote on whether the plan should be used by the county council when it makes decisions on planning applications.

Local residents have been involved in the Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan project since the designation of the Ponteland Neighbourhood Area in June 2013 and a steering group formed by the town council has shaped the policies in the draft plan based on comments submitted by members of the public in earlier consultations.

Support has been provided by planning officers from the county council.

The plan can be viewed on the county council’s website from tomorrow at www.northumberland.gov.uk/ourplan

It will also be available at Ponteland Library (situated in Ponteland Leisure Centre) and County Hall in Morpeth.

Email written representations to NeighbourhoodPlanning@northumberland.gov.uk or post them to Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan, Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastructure Team, Planning Services, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF.

All comments and feedback must be received by Northumberland County Council no later than 4pm on Monday, June 5.

All information will be made publicly available and be forwarded for consideration by the independent examiner appointed to examine the draft plan.