Making the Plan
In April 2015 a Community Consultation Meeting took place here in Wooler and there was strong support to proceed along the NP route. It was decided that Wooler Parish Council would prepare a NP with the help of local volunteers and with guidance from Northumberland County Council (NCC) and the Northumberland National Parks Authority.
In November 2015 the two authorities approved the Parish Council’s proposal to proceed with a plan.
In July 2016 Wooler Parish Council (WPC) called a meeting of those people who had expressed an interest in the NP process during the previous year and the U3A and WPC began to survey residents, and users of the Wooler Drop in, regarding their likes and dislikes about living in Wooler.
In the autumn of 2016 an interim Steering group produced a project plan. They started to review the surveys and began drawing the issues together.
We now know from the feedback that we have received that the Wooler community cares about what happens to it in the future, and wants to have some influence on how it progresses towards the next few decades or so.
What we also know is that there is a wealth of information and knowledge in our community. Together we are creating a NP that gives us a good opportunity to shape where future housing development might be located and what it might look like in terms of design, style and size.
Other features like employment, transport, local facilities, landscape etc are also being considered.
This is involving people in the community putting in a lot of work over the 38 months or so that it takes to put a Plan together and have it approved.
We have really appreciated people contributing ideas and thoughts towards the development of our NP and its content. We know that not everyone wanted to be directly involved but many have had opinions that they want to share and pass on.
There have been many opportunities for our community to contribute to the plan throughout the process.
We are fortunate to have volunteers who have the time, skills, experience, energy and enthusiasm etc to help with the project.
We have held a number of drop in events and group meetings throughout the process.
Over the coming months there will continue to be lots of ways that people can get involved. Everyone’s point of view is valuable and will help form your Neighbourhood Plan.
Please contact us to give your views…