Councillors create vision for Belford

Belford High Street.

Belford High Street.

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Councillors are keen to push on with the development of a neighbourhood plan for Belford.

David English, from Northumberland County Council, attended a meeting last week to talk through the process of forming a neighbourhood plan, which represents the most local level of planning guidelines after the county’s core strategy and the National Planning Policy Framework.

Some members were initially dubious as to the benefits, but Councillor Geoffrey O’Connell said that while the county’s core strategy indicates that 200 homes should be built in Belford up to 2031, if the railway station was completed, it could become a commuter village, perhaps necessitating more housing.

Chairman Councillor Brenda Stanton said: “With a neighbourhood plan, at least it means we have some degree of control over our village.

“That’s where we have an advantage in having a neighbourhood plan.”

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