TOPICS

We have identified the following topic areas to investigate and Topic Groups have been set up with the following role and purpose:

  • To research their area of interest
  • To scope out the evidence that is available
  • To identify any “gaps” in the evidence base and consider whether any further research needs to be undertaken or commissioned
  • To identify key players to engage in the plan making process
  • To highlight any existing issues within this area of interest
  • To understand the role of existing plans, strategies and programmes and their relationships to the neighbourhood planning process

 

Housing

The role of the Housing Topic Group is to:

  • Understand the characteristics of the local housing market both in terms of the existing housing stock and the size and characteristics of existing households
  • Consider future housing requirements and housing needs, including the provision of affordable housing
  • Identify appropriate locations and sites for meeting those housing needs and requirements
  • To view the Housing Technical Report, please click here

Morpeth Housing

Local Economy

The role of the Local Economy Topic Group is to:

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the local economy
  • Consider potential “economic drivers” and consider future employment land requirements
  • Identify future employment sites and consider how these might be delivered
  • Consider the town centre, looking at retail development and visitor potential including both heritage and environmental attractions
  • To view the Local Economy Report, please click here


Pegswood Shops

Heritage

The role of the Heritage Topic Group is to:

  • Establish the nature and extent of the heritage interest within the plan area
  • How the need to protect the heritage interest will inform and influence future development, the built environment and public realm
  • And consider what measures might be needed to retain local character
  • To view the Heritage Technical Report, please click here


Mitford Castle

Local Environment

The role of the Local Environment Topic Group is to:

  • Establish the nature and extent of natural environment interest of the town and surrounding villages
  • Consider how this should inform, influence and be enhanced by future development
  • And consider what measures may be needed to retain local character
  • It will also consider the connectivity and functioning of wildlife corridors and environmental enhancements to minimise flood risk.
  • To view the Local Environment Technical Report, please view here


Stepping Stones

 

Education

The role of the Education Topic Group is to:

  • To understand the current pattern of education in the town and the current issues relating to location
  • School capacities
  • Building condition
  • To consider the need to identify and allocate any new school sites within the plan area
  • To consider how new school sites would be funded and who would provide the schools
  • To view the Education Technical Report, please click here

THE PLAN THEMES

We have identified the following cross-cutting theme areas to investigate and theme groups will be set up with the following role and purpose:

  • To research their area of interest
  • To scope out the evidence that is available
  • To feed into the work of the Topic Groups
  • To highlight any existing issues within this area of interest

Transport

The role of the transport “group” will be to identify how the current highway and transport network might constrain future development; and identify the transport implications of any proposed development and consider how these can be satisfactorily addressed.

To view the Transport Technical Report, please click here

Sports, Arts & Leisure

The role of the sports and leisure “group” will be to consider the current patterns of provision and known deficiencies in terms of quantity and quality of provisions; and consider the need to identify and allocate sites for future provision.

To view the Sports, Arts & Leisure Technical Report, please click here

Infrastructure

There will also be a need to look at the physical infrastructure needs – water, gas, cable, sewage, waste disposal etc – and further social infrastructure needs – health facilities etc – likely to be generated by proposed development. A group of postgraduate planning students from Newcastle University have prepared a baseline report and have also summarised relevant planning policy. See this report under Documents – Infrastructure Audit. However, an infrastructure ‘group’ or ‘champion’ will be needed to carry forward this work through the plan preparation period.

To view the Infrastructure Technical Report, please click here