Residents urged to take part in town-plan process

MEMBERS of the public will get the chance to have their say on initial ideas on a future blueprint for development in Morpeth.

Working groups have spent the last year discussing the town’s key issues, including its overall housing need, education, traffic congestion, the sewage system and flood risk, environment and heritage and its relationship with Pegswood and other surrounding villages.

And those involved in the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan have produced eight detailed technical reports, which have now been incorporated into one main issues and options consultation.

There will be a drop-in exhibition at the Town Hall this Wednesday between 2pm and 6pm, with the Mayor formally launching the consultation at 6pm, and an exhibition on the Market Place will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 10am to 1pm.

A display in Morpeth Library and events in surrounding villages will also take place during the consultation period.

A spokesman for Morpeth Town Council, which is leading this work, said: “Morpeth is under increasing pressure from developers and at the moment each individual application is having to be assessed in isolation.

“What we need is a plan which looks at the likely pressures on and needs of the area for the next 20 years.

“We are asking everyone if we have covered all the issues and which of the options you want us to go forward with.

“Everyone will be getting a leaflet with a short questionnaire through their door over the next few weeks which you can fill in online or on paper.

“The consultation report will be on the website ( together with a more detailed main questionnaire and these will also be available in paper form at the Town Hall.

“After the consultation we will analyse and publish the results, then volunteers will start developing the proposals and policies which will form the draft plan.”