Group aiming to protect landscape

A REGIONAL heritage group is seeking support to try to reform Northumberland planning policies.

The Northumberland and Newcastle Society, which campaigns to protect the environmental wealth and cultural heritage of the area, is concerned that too often local concerns are being overlooked in favour of developers, particularly in regard to windfarm applications.

And with Northumberland County Council currently consulting on a Core Strategy and Local Development Framework that will shape planning policy for the next 15 years, the group says now is the time to speak up.

The society has set up a Northumberland Environmental Policy Group that will commission landscape and planning experts to present evidence to the council as part of the consultation and try to ensure that landscape protection, residential amenity, tourism impact and mitigation of the effects of fuel poverty are more effectively recognised.

However, it needs to raise money to support the work and is seeking donations.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact society Secretary Sue Howie on 0191 281 6266 or visit