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Belsay Parish Council - as a statutory consultee of Northumberland County Council (NCC) - is asked to comment on all planning applications within the Parish. The County Council must take into account, but not necessarily follow, the views or recommendations of the Parish Council.

Planning applications considered by the Parish Council will be listed on agendas and the decisions recorded in the minutes of the meeting


The Parish Council is consulted for its local knowledge but does not determine a Planning Application. This is the role of the planning committee at NCC (made up of County Councillors) or sometimes by the planning officers using delegated powers. Their decisions are based upon Planning Policies set out in the Local Plan, Planning Policy Statements (PPS) and Government Guidance.

How do I view the plans?

For further details, contact Northumberland County Council, Planning Department, Hadrian House, Market Street, Hexham NE46 3NH from Monday to Friday 10am until 3pm. Contact Central Registry Team on (01670) 622625. Alternatively, view the document online at


What do I do if I have an interest or want to object to a Planning Application?

First you must view the plans and supporting documentation. If you wish to object you must write to, or email NCC and send a copy to the Parish Clerk so that we are aware of your views. Unless you have valid planning reasons, your letter will be wasted.

Listed below are reasons for objecting to a particular application:

  • Highways – access/roads unsuitable for the development (where access is a relevant consideration.
  • Loss of light – dependent on the size/siting of the development to a neighbouring property’s principal windows (can they be directly looked into?)
  • Design/size/scale/materials of proposal in relation to the existing property, neighbouring properties and general location.
  • Effect on/loss of protected trees or listed buildings
  • Setting listed buildings on Conservation Area.
  • Noise, fumes, smell or loss of privacy.
  • Risk of flooding as a result of the proposal.
  • Loss of a valuable facility if dealt with in the local plan.

Things which are not normally planning considerations include:

  • Loss of view/aspect.
  • Personal matters relating to the specific applicant.
  • Changes to land/property values.
  • Personal taste with respect to the proposal.
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