Plan changes to be revealed in June

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Following extensive consultation on a key planning document for Northumberland, the county council has announced that it will be making changes.

After taking on board feedback from residents, businesses and organisations, the authority proposes to alter parts of the local plan core strategy and re-consult before it is submitted to the Government.

A report, which will be considered by council committees from next week, highlights some of the main issues raised during and since the major consultation last autumn for the pre-submission draft.

Details of the modifications will be published in June this year, when there will be a further six-week public consultation on those parts of the plan.

Some of the proposals have caused controversy in communities – for example a scheme to create new buildings for Ponteland High School, Ponteland Middle School and Darras Hall First School on a shared site.

Along with public leisure facilities, they would be situated on land to the east of the existing Pont High and Middle schools and the current school and leisure buildings on Callerton Lane would be demolished to make way for housing.

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member for economic growth at the county council, said: “We have listened carefully to the views of residents and as a result we are changing parts of the plan.

“We will be working with local communities, including parish and town councils and neighbourhood planning groups, before finalising the proposed changes.”

The council intends to agree the final strategy in November and submit it to the Government in December. This would potentially lead to examination by the Government in spring 2017 and adoption by summer 2017.