Final consultation over Plan

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A new consultation has begun on how North Tyneside will be developed over the next few years.

The final public consultation on North Tyneside Council’s Local Plan has begun for people to have their say on the final draft before it goes to a public inquiry.

The council are preparing to hold a series of drop in events, on-line information and deliver a leaflet to every home in the borough.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and transport, said: “The Local Plan is an important document for the future of North Tyneside, as it will enable North Tyneside Council and its partners to plan ahead to protect the unique character and attractiveness of our borough as well as provide the land that is required to provide the jobs and homes to meet our needs, and those of our children and grandchildren.

“Therefore it is very important that we give the public an opportunity to consider our proposals and feedback their views before it goes onto the final phase of consideration with a public inquiry by an independent government appointed planning inspector.”

The plan, which will cover until 2032, will identify how land will be allocated to new housing, employment and retail.

Among the plans, made up of 80 potential sites, are proposals for 3,000 homes at Murton and 2,000 at Killingworth Moor.

There would be no development in the Green Belt, and a network of additional green space for biodiversity, cycle routes, leisure use, and wildlife.

There would also be infrastructure for roads, community provision and schools.

Council officers will be available to discuss the Local Plan Pre-Submission Draft with the public at a number of drop-in events, which will be held from 2pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8pm as follows:

• Tuesday, November 17 – Wallsend Customer First Centre, The Forum, Wallsend, NE28 8JR;

• Thursday, November 19 – Shiremoor Centre, Earsdon Road, Shiremoor, NE27 0HJ;

• Tuesday, November 24 – White Swan Centre, Citadel East, Killingworth, NE12 6SS;

• Wednesday, November 25 – North Shields Customer First Centre, North Shields, NE30 1QU;

• Thursday, November 26 – West Moor Community Centre, Benton Lane, West Moor, NE12 7NP;

• Tuesday, December 1 – John Willie Sams Centre, Market Street, Dudley, NE23 7HS;

• Thursday, December 3 – Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, York Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AB.

Residents have been reminded that any previous comments made will not be considered ahead of the public enquiry.

The deadline for responses is 5pm on Monday, December 14, 2015.