The Cheviot Hills, Northumberland National Park\n© Simon Fraser

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From 22nd November 2012, the fees payable to Local Planning Authorities when submitting planning applications will increase. Any applications submitted after this date must be accompanied by the new fee in order to be made valid.

Planning fees are set by central government and Local Planning Authorities such as Northumberland National Park Authority have no discretion to vary the amounts or the rules under which fees are applied. Details of the changes are given in the draft Statutory Instrument (PDF): the NNPA Planning Fees schedule will be updated shortly to reflect the new fees

Policy update

Following the comments received on the draft Landscape Supplementary Planning Document and Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document the National Park have now adopted their Landscape Supplementary Planning Document and Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their comments, attended public meetings and workshops which focused on the emerging documents: your comments were considered and the documents have been changed to take these into account

Previous consultations

The Northumberland National Park Authority and Northumberland County Council produced a draft document for consultation, Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) aims to identify sites with potential for housing across the county for the next 15 years.  It will not allocate sites for residential use or indicate whether they will be granted planning permission, but will inform the Authorities when developing policies in their local development frameworks.  More information can be viewed by following this link.

The Northumberland National Park Authority undertook public consultation during February and March on the;

A draft Landscape Strategy will now be prepared and will be endorsed by members at the same meeting, at which Point public engagement will commence to enable you to comment on the draft strategy.

Planning Background

From 6th April 2010, legislative changes came into effect which reduce the requirements for some types of planning applications to be accompanied by Design and Access Statements.  More details can be found in the Department for Communities and Local Government's document Guidance on information requirements and validation (PDF)

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory planning authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park with specific responsibility for development management within the National Park area.  Other related matters such as Building Control and Environmental Health are the responsibility of Northumberland County Council, within whose boundaries the National Park is located.

The National Park Authority has a responsibility to control the use of land and buildings in order to balance the needs and aspirations of individuals with those of the wider community, and to meet the Northumberland National Park Purposes.  We prepare plans and policies to help us achieve this balance, to deliver the aspirations of the Northumberland National Park Management Plan and to provide the guidance by which planning applications are decided and by which development is shaped. The plans and policies are designed to help bring forward sustainable rural development.

The Government sets out the legislative framework of the planning system.  It issues guidance to local planning authorities through national and regional planning guidance.  Further information on the planning system and development plans can be obtained from the Department for Communities and Local Government

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