Northumberland County Council is set to launch the latest round of consultation on housing, employment and green belt policies.
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.
Residents, businesses and organisations across Northumberland will be able to express their views on the Local Plan Core Strategy options document between October 31 and January 2.
Councillor Allan Hepple, policy board member for planning, said: “The evidence we have gathered shows that if we want Northumberland to be economically viable into the future we need more homes for working families.
“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 and businesses.
“If we accept that we want a vibrant and thriving county we have to plan 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.
“By working together with communities we can ensure that the right development takes place in the right places. This managed approach will help to protect against pressure for inappropriate development over the next 20 year period.”
The Core Strategy is the county’s most important planning document, looking ahead two decades and on which future planning applications will be decided. 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.
Drop-in events will be staged at venues across Northumberland.