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Residents have say on county policies

County Hall, Morpeth, headquarters for Northumberland County Council.

County Hall, Morpeth, headquarters for Northumberland County Council.

Almost 1,000 Northumberland residents have had their say on a plan which will shape the housing, employment and green belt policies of the county until 2031.

The plan shows that for Northumberland to be economically viable into the future it needs more homes for working families.

It also outlines details which demonstrate that the county needs a population that will not only support existing and new jobs but also sustain and develop local services and businesses and ensure the future resilience of communities.

Councillor Allan Hepple said: “We are extremely pleased with the response from residents and organisations across Northumberland.

“We would expect there to be challenge by people who do not want to see change, but it is very good to see that so many people have engaged with the consultation to help to ensure that Northumberland is a vibrant and thriving county, and that its special environmental qualities are protected.

“At each stage of the development of this plan we have listened carefully and responded to feedback provided, and reflected this in the emerging core strategy.

“We will be carefully considering all comments and feedback received, and taking this into account in the next phase of development of the plan.

“We will provide a full commentary showing where we have made changes as a result of comments, and where we don’t explaining why.”

The next phase of consultation on the core strategy for the Northumberland local plan is scheduled to take place from April this year – when residents will be able to comments on a full draft document.

During the coming months the council will be doing further work with local communities to refine the plan – including meetings with town and parish councils and other local groups such as neighbourhood plan groups.

If you want to register your interest in commenting on a future version of the plan please visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/corestrategy to find out how.

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