Residents are being invited to comment on a draft Stannington Parish Neighbourhood Plan (SPNP) as the consultation period has got under way.
It proposes a range of planning policies which, once adopted, must be used in the determination of planning applications within the parish area.
The SPNP has been produced by a steering group consisting of Stannington Parish Council members, local residents, farmers and business people.
Through Government funding, support has been provided by an independent planning consultant and they have also received assistance from planning officers at Northumberland County Council and Newcastle University planning students.
The planning policies relate to assets of community value, potential new and extended community facilities, Stannington First School, the Stannington Village Playing Fields, new and expanding rural businesses, broadband, safety improvements on the road network and design and character.
In the foreword to the draft SPNP, Stannington Parish Council chairman Karen Carins said: ‘We have undertaken a significant amount of consultation to produce this plan and this pre-submission draft consultation is our final stage of consultation, before we pass the plan to the county council for re-consultation and the next stage of the process – examination by an independent examiner.’
It is available for inspection at the following locations: Stannington Village Hall, The Ridley Arms, St Mary’s Church, Stannington First School, St Mary’s Inn, Moorhouse Farm Shop, Blagdon Farm Shop and Whitehouse Farm Centre Café.
The documents are also available online – www.spnp.co.uk
Representations can be made by email to Stanningtonpc@aol.com or by post to the following address: 2 Monmouth Court, Widdrington, Northumberland, NE61 5QS.
The parish council must receive comments by Friday, June 2.