Neighbourhood Plans

Since 2012 the Localism Act gives local communities the ability to produce a neighbourhood plan for their local area, putting in place planning policies for future development and growth of the neighbourhood. This is a community led framework containing vision, aims and planning polices for improving the area and or providing new facilities.

Neighbourhood Planning relates to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues like heritage, transport, employment and housing or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.

A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and referendum before forming part of the Local Development Plan. This statutory status gives neighbourhood planning far more weight than some other local planning documents.

November 2015

What is it?

St. Marys Church Ponteland

  • New planning rules have been introduced under the Localism Act 2011
  • They empower the residents through the Town Council to produce a plan.
  • Agreed policies will form any future development.
  • All planning applications have to comply with the plan


What will it do?

  • The plan will show the future aspirations for the identified area.
  • Put local policies in place to steer future development.
  • Set aside land for development as agreed by the Community.


How is it done?Diamond Inn from Callerton Lane

  • Started by the local community.
  • Plan prepared by local community.
  • Independent Examiner considers how it fits with other planning documents.
  • Referendum seeking adoption, a majority  IN FAVOUR  to progress.
  • Neighbourhood Plan adopted by Local Planning Authority.


Are there any restrictions?

  • Only one plan to each Parish.
  • Must have regard to current Planning Policies.
  • Must be able to conform to Northumberland Planning Policies.
  • The plan can’t be used to prevent already agreed development.
  • The plan must be agreed by a local referendum.


What area will it cover?

Civil Parish of Ponteland      See map below

Extent of Ponteland Parish

 To find out more about Neighbourhood Plans visit: Northumberland County Council Neighbourhood Planning page.