Residents are being asked for their views on future plans for housing, jobs and green belt options.
Consultation on Northumberland County Council’s Local Plan Core Strategy runs from October 31 to January 2.
The council has been gathering detailed evidence on the level of development needed in the county to ensure that it can thrive economically, while protecting its special environmental qualities.
Councillor Allan Hepple, policy board member responsible for planning at Northumberland County Council said: “This plan is well evidenced and the information we have gathered shows that we need more affordable and good quality homes for working families if we are to ensure that Northumberland is economically viable into the future.
“We have to have a population that will not only support existing and new jobs in the county but also sustain and develop local services, businesses and local communities.
“If we accept that we want a vibrant and thriving county we have to plan for growth, but also where growth should take place. Many brownfield sites have been used or are earmarked already and so we have to consider some new development on green field sites and in the Green Belt.
“We want to ensure that the right development takes place in the right location by working closely with local communities. This managed approach will help to protect against pressure for inappropriate development over the next 20 year period.
“No decisions have been taken yet, and it is important for people to look at the context of some of the suggested figures
“At each stage of the development of this plan we have listened carefully and responded to feedback provided, and reflected this in the core strategy. We look forward to providing maximum opportunity at this stage too.”
The Core Strategy is the county’s most important planning document, looking ahead two decades and on which future planning applications will be decided.
The latest consultation document maps out a preferred approach for dealing with much needed growth. Forecasts show that over 24,000 new homes need to be built in Northumberland by 2031 if the county is to hold its own in terms of economic growth.
Without new homes the county will experience a serious reduction in the working age population and areas that have experienced industrial decline will be less likely to be regenerated successfully. Similarly new homes in more rural areas will help to sustain local communities, services and businesses.
The preferred options document puts forward suggested growth figures for each main town and service centre based on new forecasts and looking closed at the opportunities and constraints within each.
The core strategy housing, employment, and Green Belt preferred options document will be available on the council’s website and at council offices, libraries and information points. Each town and parish council will have a copy and CDs and paper copies will be available to purchase.
During the consultation period there will be a number of drop-in events and discussion sessions at venues across Northumberland.