Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
In formal language: “A neighbourhood plan is a community-led planning framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area”.
Will a Neighbourhood plan influence anything?
Yes. It will influence planning decisions that may impact on our local community. It will strengthen our local voice.
How will I benefit from it?
A Neighbourhood Plan, along with other community initiatives, can help to preserve the best things about Wooler and also improve upon them.
Why have a Neighbourhood Plan?
County Councils are required by the central government to provide a certain amount of land for new housing and business developments and a Neighbourhood Plan is a way for our local community to have a say in any plans that may affect Wooler.
What happens if we don't have a Neighbourhood Plan?
Developers can exploit the absence of a Neighbourhood Plan to push through planning applications that may not be in the best interests of the local community of Wooler.
Why do I need to get involved?
In order to satisfy the requirements set by the Government, the Neighbourhood Plan must come from the local people. The Local Councils can help and advise but the decisions and the information and evidence to back up the plan must come from the community and the community must finally give approval to the plan in a local referendum
What will it cost me?
Nothing but a little of your time. We’d love you to get involved – if only to keep an eye on what we are doing!
Does my voice really count?
YES IT DOES! Neighbourhood Plans must show that they are based on lots of local input, from all sections of the community.
How can I contribute towards it?
By giving us your opinions and ideas and if you would like to become more involved you can join the Working Groups who have the task of formulating the plan!
How do I make contact with the WNP steering group?
What happens next?
Over the summer of 2017 there will be a lot of work by the Group, consulting with as many people as possible and gathering evidence. Hopefully, you’ll hear from us!
We then have to work on the formal plan, which the community will be asked to look at and comment on before it is approved by Wooler Parish Council for submission to Northumberland County Council for an ‘Independent Examination’ and then it comes back to you. If passed by a majority vote in a local referendum, then the plan is formally ‘made’.