Three new sites for housing have been identified in Hexham to meet a Northumberland County Council-imposed target of an extra 530 units in the town by 2036.

The new sites, behind the town’s police station, at Bog Acre Cottage in Wanless Lane and on land west of Station Road, have been added to the draft Hexham Neighbourhood Plan, which is now out for public consultation.

The plan was described as a‘marathon, not a sprint’ by neighbourhood plan steering group members after the added housing sites led to the need for the extra consultation, which ends on November 16.

People can see more details by visiting or asking for an information pack at Hexham Library.

The plan sets objectives on key themes such as the character of the town centre, housing, the natural environment, the local economy and community wellbeing.

Hexham mayor Tom Gillanders said: “The plan is producing an important framework for the town’s development. It’s about residents having a say about what happens to Hexham. At this stage, just a simple message of support will help the plan’s progress.”