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Masterplanning events could be rolled out across county


Nov 6, 2017 #Government], #Morpeth

Hundreds of residents have had their say on Morpeth’s future – with the county council now encouraging other towns to come forward.

Over 300 visitors attended Morpeth Town Hall to share their ideas for the future redevelopment of the town – while nearly 200  more have so far filled in an online survey.

Now council chiefs are looking into how similar sessions could be carried out in other parts of the county.

Councillor Richard Wearmouth, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “We were delighted with the engagement and feedback from the masterplanning session – there were some great ideas put forward.

“The pursuit of a masterplan for the town was a recommendation of the town’s Neighbourhood Plan. Once completed it will help developers understand how we want the Morpeth of the future to look and inform the better use of council owned land.

“We know other areas are keen to see similar exercises take place and we’re calling for bodies such as town and parish councils to come forward as Morpeth did, with ideas on the future development of their towns.

“In particular we are keen to explore possible uses for council owned land across the county and town and parish councils could assist us greatly with that.”

The Morpeth Masterplanning survey is open until 8pm on November 20. The survey, which can be accessed via http://bit.ly/futuremorpeth, asks a series of questions about how services can best be delivered to local people and seeks ideas on the future ‘look and feel’ of Morpeth.

Town and parish councils who wish to express an interest in a future development exercise should email strategicestates@northumberland.gov.uk with their details.

By Emily