The big talking point is housing: The draft MNP is working to 1700 extra houses in the plan area based on figures in earlier drafts of the Northumberland Core Strategy, though the current draft Core Strategy proposes 2100 extra houses for the MNP area.  As at the end of December 2014, planning permission already exists for 1136 houses in the plan area Рmostly in locations that would not have been supported if the Neighbourhood Plan had been in force.

Both the draft Core Strategy and the draft MNP agree that further housing in the plan period (through to 2031) should be north of the river, on the old St George’s Hospital site. The MNP plans positively for housing growth and believes that making provision for at least 1700 dwellings is ambitious but realistic, whilst allowing for choice in the local housing market.

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