Radical proposals in the Issues and Options consultation for town centre pedestrianisation or a one-way system received support, but not sufficient to take forward in the draft Plan.
Instead, there are more general planning policies and community actions looking to address town centre congestion, increased scope for walking and cycling, and improving public transport. Much of this depends on the impact of the Morpeth Northern Bypass which has just received the Government go-ahead and , we understand, will take about eighteen months to build.
The draft Plan also proposes to protect land to allow possible future construction of the Stobhill-Loansdean Link Road and a four-way junction onto the A1 at either Clifton or Whalton. The Clifton junction is, of course, in Stannington Parish, so we may be beholden to the Stannington Neighbourhood Plan process on this one.