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Local Plans – Background

The overarching document in England is the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) document, with its complimentary guidance website.

Para 153 instructs “Each local planning authority should produce a Local Plan for its area” which “…should be aspirational but realistic” (para 154).  It states “The purpose of the planning system is to contribute to sustainable development (para 6) and that “There are 3 dimensions to sustainable development: economic, social and environmental” (para 7)


Local Plans – The Process

Whilst every council has its own twist on the process, and often uses its own titles for documents, there are some common elements:

Core Strategy:  The central document.  It may be the only document or may have an additional Development Plan Documents (DPDs) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

Common stages in compiling the Core Strategy are:

1. Issues:  Identifies the topics to be covered and asks for ideas/contributions;

2. Issues and Options:  Outlines the topics and different options for each one;

3. Preferred Options:  Goes through each topic and identifies the Council’s preferred choice of option and why;

4. Submission Draft/Pre-submission Draft/Publication Draft: A final draft for presentation to the Secretary of State, the consultation is to ask if the process used to compile the document is sound.  There are usually no new topics at this stage.

Common Supplementary Planning Documents (DPDs) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs), which may be consulted on separately or with any of the above processes, are:

Area Action Plans

Development Management Policies

Green Infrastructure

Habitats Regulations Assessment

Minerals and Waste Strategy

Neighbourhood Plans

Site Allocations

Statement of Community Involvement

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

Sustainability Appraisal


Planning explained

CPRE Planning Help website

Government - National Planning Policy Framework - Document

Government - National Planning Policy Framework - Guidance website



Durham County: Co Durham Plan

Durham County: Development Plans

Durham County: Local Plans




South Tyneside



National Planning Policy Framework

 Wasted Space to Living Space

Neighbourhood Plans

How to shape where you live: a guide to neighbourhood planning

Planning and localism: choices and choosing

 Neighbourhood Briefing Dec 2104

  Vision for the countryside

Planning Policy

Good planning is about the right development in the right place and protecting those places which require it.

An important part of this is considering in advance what is acceptable where and the Local Plans local authorities compile and consult upon for their areas are a crucial part of this process. Participating in consultations is a major way individuals and organisations can influence what happens in their area.


Local Plans – Background

Local Plans – The Process


Planning policy webpage:

North Tyneside Local Plan Pre-Submission Draft

Consultation on the Council's Pre-submission draft Local Plan closed on the 14th December 2014.

An independent Planning Inspector will consider the proposed Local Plan and hold an Examination in Public where outstanding objections will be considered.

Following receipt of the Planning Inspector's report it is expected that the Local Plan will be adopted in early 2017.

Additional comment:  None.

(Compiled from council websites 11th April 2016)



Planning policy webpage:

Existing local plan documents

The local development plan documents contain the planning policies used to determine and guide planning applications.

Alnwick District

Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough

Blyth Valley Borough

Castle Morpeth Borough

Tynedale District

Wansbeck District

Northumberland Waste Local Plan

Northumberland Minerals Local Plan

Northumberland County and National Park Joint Structure Plan


Planning policy webpage:

Northumberland Local Plan (Core Strategy)

The Northumberland local plan is a collection of documents containing planning policies used to assess applications and guide the location of future development in the county.

Local plan - core strategy

Local plan - delivery document

Statement of community involvement

Local development scheme

Supplementary planning documents

Annual monitoring report

The core strategy will provide the overarching planning policies that will guide where future development takes place.

A pre-submission draft of the core strategy has now been produced and consultation on this version of the document took place between 14 October 2015 and 25 November 2015.

In order to address the areas of concern and the comments received through the consultation process, it is considered there will be the need to make changes to the Core Strategy prior to submission requiring a further consultation on major modifications. The following revised draft timetable for the Core Strategy is therefore being proposed:

Major Modifications Document to Cabinet : May 2016

6 week consultation on Major Modifications : June - July 2016

Cabinet : October 2016

Full Council : November 2016

Submission of Core Strategy for Examination : December 2016

Examination : Spring 2017

Adoption : Summer 2017

Additional comment:  None.

(Above compiled from council websites 11th April 2016)

Update 20th May 16:

Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy; the Pre-Submission Draft: Proposed Major Modifications.


The Pre-Submission Draft: Proposed Major Modifications is scheduled to be considered by the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 31 May 2016, and before that by the Economic Growth and Strategic Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 24 May 2016. The papers for these meetings, which will include the proposed Pre-Submission Draft: Schedule of Proposed Major Modifications consultation document can be viewed and downloaded via the following link: Subject to Cabinet approval the consultation on the Pre-Submission Draft: Proposed Major Modifications will begin on 15 June 2016 and take place over a six week period until 27 July 2016.

Planning Policy