RESIDENTS, business owners and land owners are being urged to have their say on the latest draft planning policies aimed at the development and use of land in Northumberland National Park over the next 20 years.

Northumberland National Park Authority is hosting a series of drop-in consultation events throughout the district in June to invite further public feedback on its Draft Local Plan.

The latest version of the local plan tackles the park’s ageing population, shrinking labour force with fewer working age families living in the area, affordable housing stock and sustainable transport.

Glen Sanderson, chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “As the authority responsible for planning in the National Park, we need to ensure that our policies reflect the opportunities and challenges that are important to individuals and communities in the park.

“The public’s comments have been instrumental in enabling us to identify a range of proposed policies on matters from affordable housing provision to community services and job creation.

The authority’s consultation began on May 31 and will close on July 12.

Local consultation events will take place between 4pm and 7pm at Bellingham Town Hall on June 11 and Elsdon Village Hall on June 25.