Neighbourhood Plan ‘made’ for Seaton Valley

Neighbourhood Plan ‘made’ for Seaton Valley

Residents of Seaton Valley now have more of a say over future development in our parish, following the adoption of the neighbourhood plan for the area.

The Seaton Valley Neighbourhood Plan will now form part of the statutory development plan for Northumberland, meaning that future planning decisions in the parish will be made in line with policies in them, unless ‘material’ considerations indicate otherwise.

The Plan passed independent examination in May and was officially adopted, or ‘made’, at a meeting of Northumberland County Council’s cabinet in September 2021. It will now form a key part of the planning process for Seaton Valley.

The Plan focusses on the protection of open spaces in Holywell, New Hartley, Seaton Delaval, Seaton Sluice and Seghill.  This was a priority identified by Seaton Valley Council following consultation and engagement with the local communities across the area.  Planning officers from the County Council’s Neighbourhood Planning Team worked closely with Seaton Valley Council to help create the planning policies that give protection from built development to important open spaces in the five villages.

A local referendum held in the parish of Seaton Valley on 29 July 2021 returned a majority vote in favour of using the Plan to make decisions on planning applications.

Councillor Colin Horncastle, cabinet member for community services at Northumberland County Council, said, “This neighbourhood plan is testament to the hard work of many dedicated people in this community, and I am very pleased to see it come into effect.”

Councillor David Ferguson, County Councillor and Parish Councillor for Hartley Ward said, “The Community Council has engaged with residents and, with the support of our Neighbourhood Planning Team, has produced a plan that deals with the locally-important issue of providing greater protection to the valued open spaces across Seaton Valley.”

The Decision Statement and the made versions of the Neighbourhood Plan and policies maps can be viewed on our Neighbourhood Planning webpage