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Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy Consultation Pre-Submission Published for Public Consultation

The Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy is entering its final stage before submission to the Secretary of State and the ‘Examination’ of the document before an appointed Planning Inspector. The County Council has just published the Core Strategy Pre-Submission Draft for consultation, which starts today (Wednesday 14 October) and runs until midnight on Wednesday 25 November 2015. This will be your final opportunity to comment on the document and if you haven’t made comments by the 25th November you will not be able to appear before the Planning Inspector and speak at the Examination hearings. The Core Strategy is the County Council’s main strategic plan for Northumberland, covering the period to 2031. The document: • Sets out the spatial vision, objectives and outcomes for Northumberland; • Describes the overall strategic approach to growth across Northumberland; and • Proposes policy approaches for the economy, housing, the environment, climate change, infrastructure, minerals, waste and renewable energy. This final opportunity for comments to be made on the Core Strategy before it is submitted for independent examination is a formal, statutory stage in the preparation of the Core Strategy. It is different to previous consultations in that the key purpose of the consultation is to obtain views on the ‘soundness’ of the plan; whether the plan is ‘positively prepared’, ‘justified’, ‘effective’ and ‘consistent with national policy’. The submission of comments is a more technical exercise than the submission of representations to earlier drafts of the Core Strategy and is quite different to making objections to a planning application for example. Prism Planning would be happy to assist you in making comments/representations against the Pre-Submission draft of the Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy.