Local Plans

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Northumberland County Council,

Following the withdrawal of the Core Strategy by full council on 5th July 2017, much has been made of the protections afforded to communities by the adoption of a local plan.

With this in mind I would be grateful if you could advise of the following under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000;

1. How much money was spent on developing the following adopted Neighbourhood Plans including the costs of holding the referendum?
a) Morpeth
b) Alnwick and Denwick
c) Allendale

2. How many officer hours were spent in developing the following adopted Neighbourhood Plans?
a) Morpeth
b) Alnwick and Denwick
c) Allendale

3. How many local residents took part in consultation in developing the following adopted Neighbourhood Plans?
a) Allendale
b) Alnwick and Denwick
c) Morpeth

4. How long was taken in developing the following adopted Neighbourhood Plans?
a) Allendale
b) Alnwick and Denwick
c) Morpeth

5. How much money has been spent so far in developing the following Neighbourhood Plans which have passed a referendum including the cost of the referendum itself?
a) Ponteland

6. How many officer hours have been spent so far in developing the following Neighbourhood Plans which have passed a referendum including the time on the referendum itself?
a) Ponteland

7. How many local residents have taken part in consultation so far in developing the following Neighbourhood Plans which have passed a referendum?
a) Ponteland

8. How long has been taken so far in developing the following Neighbourhood Plans?
a) Ponteland

9. How much money has been spent so far in developing the following pre-submission Neighbourhood Plans?
a) Longhorsley
b) North Northumberland Coastal Parishes
c) Stannington
d) Whittington

10. How many officer hours have been spent so far in developing the following pre-submission Neighbourhood Plans?
a) Longhorsley
b) North Northumberland Coastal Parishes
c) Stannington
d) Whittington

11. How many local residents have taken part in consultation so far in developing the following pre-submission Neighbourhood Plans?
a) Longhorsley
b) North Northumberland Coastal Parishes
c) Stannington
d) Whittington

12. How long has been taken so far in developing the following Neighbourhood Plans?
a) Longhorsley
b) North Northumberland Coastal Parishes
c) Stannington
d) Whittington

13. How much money has been spent so far in developing the following Neighbourhood Plans where the Neighbourhood Area has been designated?
a) Acomb
b) Belford
c) Berwick Upon Tweed
d) Choppington
e) Cramlington
f) Ellingham
g) Ellington and Linton
h) Embleton
i) Hexham
j) Lesbury
k) Lowick
l) Mid Coquetdale
m) Norham and Islandshire
n) Seaton Valley
o) Tarset and Greystead
p) Tillside
q) West Bedlington
r) Wooler

14. How many officer hours have been spent so far in developing the following Neighbourhood Plans where the Neighbourhood Area has been designated?
a) Acomb
b) Belford
c) Berwick Upon Tweed
d) Choppington
e) Cramlington
f) Ellingham
g) Ellington and Linton
h) Embleton
i) Hexham
j) Lesbury
k) Lowick
l) Mid Coquetdale
m) Norham and Islandshire
n) Seaton Valley
o) Tarset and Greystead
p) Tillside
q) West Bedlington
r) Wooler

15. How many local residents have taken part in consultation so far in developing the following Neighbourhood Plans where the Neighbourhood Area has been designated?
a) Acomb
b) Belford
c) Berwick Upon Tweed
d) Choppington
e) Cramlington
f) Ellingham
g) Ellington and Linton
h) Embleton
i) Hexham
j) Lesbury
k) Lowick
l) Mid Coquetdale
m) Norham and Islandshire
n) Seaton Valley
o) Tarset and Greystead
p) Tillside
q) West Bedlington
r) Wooler

16. How long has been taken so far in developing the following Neighbourhood Plans?
a) Acomb
b) Belford
c) Berwick Upon Tweed
d) Choppington
e) Cramlington
f) Ellingham
g) Ellington and Linton
h) Embleton
i) Hexham
j) Lesbury
k) Lowick
l) Mid Coquetdale
m) Norham and Islandshire
n) Seaton Valley
o) Tarset and Greystead
p) Tillside
q) West Bedlington
r) Wooler

17. What advice if any has NCC received in relation to the robustness of Neighbourhood plans in seeing off development outside of designated spaces following the withdrawal of the Core Strategy?

18. If any advice has been received, what was the cost of receiving this advice?

19. If any advice has been received, what communication with neighbourhoods with an adopted local plan has taken place and what advice given to their robustness?

20. If any advice has been received, what communication with neighbourhoods with a local plan in production has taken place and what advice given with regards to continuing the process?

21. If any advice has been received, what communication with areas not currently with a local plan in production has taken place and what advice given with regards to beginning the process?

Yours faithfully,

S Black

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 3490  

Dear Enquirer,

INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information regarding Local Plans which
will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
/ Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this matter please contact us. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind regards

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: 3490   

Dear Enquirer,

INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information received on Monday 18 December
concerning Neighbourhood Plans.  This request is being handled under the
Environmental Information Regulations.

The Council confirms that it does hold certain information covered by your
request, however we believe that we need further time in which to provide
a full response to you.  Please accept our apologies for this delay, we
will contact you as soon as we have the information from the areas
involved in providing the response.

Complaints

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review by writing within 2 months
from the date of your response to the Information Governance Office:

EIR Officer
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

[Northumberland County Council request email]

Information Commissioner

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right by Section 50 of the Act to apply to the Information
Commissioner for a decision as to whether your request has been dealt with
in accordance with the requirements of the Act at:

The Information Commissioner's Office
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Cheshire
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There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

EIR Coordinator - Planning Services
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 3490  

Dear Enquirer,

Request for Information

I refer to your request for information in relation to Neighbourhood
Plans.

The Council have considered your request for information under the terms
of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. In our view the request
falls within the scope of the broad definition of environmental
information contained within Regulation 2(1) of the Regulations.

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all the circumstances the public interest in maintaining the exception
outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

The Council has carefully considered whether the information requested can
be disclosed under the Regulations.

Please refer to attachment 1 for a full response.

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under Regulation 9 of the Regulations. Subject to the provision of the
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Any representation should be addressed to:

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]

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Should you remain dissatisfied following the above process, you have a
right under the Regulations to apply to the Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether your request has been dealt with in accordance with
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is:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone no. 01625 545745
Fax no. 01625 524510
Email: [email address]

Yours faithfully

EIR Coordinator - Planning Services
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]

Dear Northumberland County Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Northumberland County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Local Plans'.

The authority has sought guidance on the impact of a decision and is failing to disclose said advice to even those who are affected by it.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/l...

Yours faithfully,

S Black

Jillian Grieves, Northumberland County Council

1 Atodiad

Good afternoon
The internal review response letter is attached below.
Regards
Jillian Grieves
Personal Assistant to
Paul Hedley, Chief Fire Officer
Mark McCarty, Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service
West Hartford Headquarters & Community Fire Station
West Hartford Business Park, Cramlington, NE23 3JP
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