Have your say on key strategies

CONSULTATION is due to start on a document which will guide future planning strategies and developments until 2030.

A draft version of the Northumberland Local Development Framework Core Strategy has been drawn up, with Executive members on Northumberland County Council agreeing for it to go out to consultation.

Residents, business and other interested organisations will be able to have their say on the document, which will provide an overall land-use planning strategy to guide future development across the county to 2030.

It will establish the general scale and distribution of development and the council’s approach to the key issues facing the future planning of the county.

The consultation, due to last 12 weeks from Wednesday, May 23, will see extensive advertising, leaflets, posters, exhibitions, meetings and drop-in sessions used, as well as social-media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Councillors and residents are being invited to have their say. Council Executive Member for Planning, Housing and Regeneration Tom Brechany said: “There is a lot of time and effort gone into his document to get us to where we are now.

“The sooner we get this consultation started the better and we can get this plan formally adopted.”

Coun Andrew Tebbutt called on Conservative members to also get involved in the discussions, rather than try to define planning issues in other committees or outside the council chamber.

“If we go outside the system, all we do is slow things down,” he said. “We have to have a policy which is sustainable.”

Once adopted, the core strategy will form part of the statutory development plan for Northumberland and will bring together and supersede many older planning policies from the former county council and district councils.