Neighbourhood Plan

What is neighbourhood planning?

Since 2011 the Government has allowed communities to produce neighbourhood plans for their local area.  The process of preparing a plan enables people living and working in an area to guide where and how future development happens.  Plans are prepared by the local community, through their town or parish council, rather than being prepared by Northumberland County Council.

Neighbourhood plans can help deliver the types of development that local people would like to see in their community and are used to make decisions on planning applications.

There are five main stages to developing a Neighbourhood Plan:

  1. Area Designation
  2. Preparing the Neighbourhood Plan
  3. Submitting the Plan to the County Council
  4. Independent Examination
  5. Referendum

Information on how we developed our plan is set out further down the page.

There is more information about Neighbourhood Planning is available on the County Council website – Neighbourhood Planning


Result of Referendum

The Referendum was held on the Seaton Valley Neighbourhood Plan on the 29 July 2021.  The Declaration of Result is below:

Declaration of Result

The Seaton Valley Neighbourhood Plan referendum is to be held on Thursday 29 July 2021 between 7am and 10pm. The Notice of Referendum can be found below:

Notice of Referendum

Notice of Poll (including Situation of Polling Stations)

The County Council has considered each of the recommendations made by the independent examiner and has agreed to accept these. This action has been agreed with Seaton Valley Parish Council.  The Seaton Valley Neighbourhood Plan, as modified, will now proceed to a local referendum on Thursday 29 July 2021.  The Plan will now be given significant weight in decision making.

The Information Statement contains details about the Neighbourhood Plan and the referendum process – Seaton Valley Neighbourhood Plan Information Statement

The Referendum version of the Plan and related documents are available below:

Seaton Valley Neighbourhood Plan – Referendum Version

Seaton Valley Neighbourhood Plan Policies Map – Referendum Version

Seaton Sluice Inset Map – Referendum Version

New Hartley Inset Map – Referendum Version

Seghill Inset Map – Referendum Version

Seaton Delaval and Holywell Inset Map – Referendum Version

Regulation 18 Decision Statement

Summary of Regulation 16 Representations

Referendum Information Statement

All of the neighbourhood Plan documents can be viewed on the County Council Neighbourhood Planning webpage.  Page Down to Neighbourhood Plans in Northumberland and select Seaton Valley.

Northumberland County Council – Neighbourhood Planning

What have we done to develop the Seaton Valley Neighbourhood Plan?

Informed by the feedback from the local community that we received during February and March 2020 we prepared a Draft Neighbourhood Plan.  The focus of the plan was to protect the green and open spaces in our villages.

Further consultation on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan was held between September and November 2020.

We received many positive remarks on the plans to protect our allocated local green space and protected open space within our villages as well as suggestions for other areas to include in the plan.  Following the consultation we have amended the plan, where necessary, to take into account the comments that we received.

A Submission Draft Plan was sent to the County Council in January 2021 along with the other supporting documents and maps.

The publicity period for the Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan ended on Wednesday 31 March 2021. Tim Jones was appointed to carry out the independent examination of the draft Plan.

The Independent Examiner recommended in May 2021 that the modified Neighbourhood Plan proceed to a referendum.