Pre-submission Consultation

Consultation on this final pre-submission draft Neighbourhood Plan is the first formal consultation stage in the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. This is your chance to influence the final version of the Plan before submission to Northumberland County Council.

Consultation on the Pre-Submission Draft Plan will be for a period of 8 weeks starting on 11th December 2017. Responses must be received by us by 5th February 2018.

A copies of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and the Policies Map can be downloaded here:

Printed copies of Draft Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed at the following locations:

Acomb First School
Acomb Hair Salon
Acomb Post Office
Acomb Village Hall
Little Oaks Nursery
Methodist Chapel
St. John Lee Church
The Mariners Hotel
The Miners Arms
The Queens Arms
The Sun Inn

Reponses to the consultation can be emailed to the following address:

Postal responses should be sent to:

Acomb Parish Council
c/o Mr W Grigg
9 The Riggs
NE45 5JX


The Village Hall Post Box

If required, pro-forma response forms are available with each printed copy of the draft Neighbourhood Plan. Alternatively a copy can be downloaded and your reponse emailed to

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning is an opportunity for communities to help shape their neighbourhoods through legislation passed in the Localism Act 2011. Neighbourhood plans enable communities to develop their vision and objectives for the neighbourhood through land use planning policies.

Neighbourhood Plans form part of the Local Plan for Northumberland. The policies contained within them are used in the determination of planning applications. The policies produced must reflect those in the Northumberland Local Plan currently being produced by Northumberland County Council and national planning policy guidance.

Neighbourhood Plans can be used by parish councils to guide and shape development in a defined neighbourhood area e.g. ​where development will go and what it will look like. Neighbourhood planning is a community-led initiative with support provided by Northumberland County Council. This is Acomb’s opportunity to have a real say on what development goes where and what it looks like! There are 5 major steps in preparing a neighbourhood plan:

Step one: Area Designation
On the 17th​ ​November 2015 the Acomb Parish Boundary was confirmed as the Neighbourhood Plan area.
Step two: Preparing and Publicising the Plan
This will be co-ordinated by the Acomb Neighbourhood Plan steering group.
Step three: Submit the Plan
A formal stage which will include a public consultation on the draft plan
Step four: Independent Examination
This will be organised by Northumberland County Council and will be conducted by an independent examiner.
Step five: Referendum
A public vote in Acomb will take place on the Neighbourhood Plan. Over 50% support for the Neighbourhood Plan is required for the plan to be ‘made’ by Northumberland County Council and form part of the Northumberland Local Plan.

To find out more about Neighbourhood Planning across Northumberland, go to: ood.aspx

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