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Local Plan update, September, 2018

Harvest time beneath Titlington Pike Harvest time beneath Titlington Pike © Shutterstock

Consultation on the Draft Northumberland Plan ended in August.

CPRE Northumberland found much to support, especially in the detailed concerns expressed for the environment, with policies to protect the tranquillity of the countryside and dark skies. Housing numbers have been realistically revised to take account of recent figures for population growth, so that it has not been deemed necessary to make any further inroads into the Green Belt, which is at last to be extended to the north and west of Morpeth.

However, while we note that the National Park and AONBs (the North Northumberland Coast and the Pennines) are left free of wind farms, we have taken issue over the County Council's decision to declare extensive areas of the rest of the county as 'suitable for wind turbines up to 40 metres'. This means that many of our most popular landscapes - from Lordenshaw to the Kyloe hills - could be blighted by turbines up to 130 feet high in future.

County Council planners are currently sifting through the many detailed responses to the Draft Plan before publishing a Pre-submission Draft in the New Year. This too will go for consultation, but comments are invited only on the question of whether the Plan is 'sound', that is will it be able to pass its Examination in Public later in the year. 

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