FAQs

QUESTIONS ABOUT PLANNING
How can I contact the Planning Department?
Who makes the decision on a planning application?
Do I apply to the Parish Council for planning permission?
What is the role of the Parish Council in Planning?
My neighbour has applied for planning permission, can I see the proposed plans?
What is a material consideration?
Do I need planning permission to chop down a tree?

QUESTIONS ABOUT GOVERNMENT
Who is my MP?
Who is my MEP?
What are the responsibilities of the Parish Council?
Can I attend Parish Council meetings?

QUESTIONS ABOUT LEISURE AND RECREATION
Where can I find information about allotments?



How can I contact the Planning Department?
Northumberland Council is the authority responsible for planning decisions. You can find up to date contact details on their web site...
www.northumberland.gov.uk

The web site has information about the planning process and a number of downloadable forms for you to use. [TOP]

Who makes the decision on a planning application?
Northumberland Council is the authority who makes decisions about planning matters. (See above for details). [TOP]


Do I apply to the Parish Council for planning permission?
No. All planning applications should be made to Northumberland Council. [TOP]


What is the role of the Parish Council in Planning?
The Parish Council is entitled to make comments on any planning application relating to a property or development in the Parish. [TOP]


My neighbour has applied for planning permission, can I see the proposed plans?
Yes. You should visit the Planning Department at
Northumberland Council and ask to look at the plans. You can also visit the Northumberland County Council web site and look at proposals on line.  There is no charge for this. [TOP]


What is a material consideration?
A material consideration is a planning matter relevant to an application. The range of consideration that can be considered as material is very wide, but can include representations made by the public, comments made by statutory and non-statutory consultees, draft plans, design issues and development impacts, for example. However, loss of property value or loss of a view, for example, are not material considerations. The planning authority will decide how much weight to attach to each material consideration. [TOP]


Do I need planning permission to chop down a tree?
Under certain circumstances. Consent is required for work on trees covered by Conservation Areas or Tree Preservation orders. It is advisable to contact the County Council prior to starting work on any trees to find out if they are protected. Advice is available on the Designation of TPO's. It is an offence to top, lop, fell or damage a protected tree without obtaining consent. [TOP]


Who is my MP?
Guy Opperman, is the Member of Parliament for Hexham and is your local MP. You can contact him through his office at 1 Meal Market, Hexham, NE46 1NF or visit his web site. [TOP]


Who is my MEP?
Martyn Callanan is your local Member of the European Parliament. He can be contacted at...
3 Lansdowne Place
Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 1HR

Tel: 0191 2849902

or through his web site at http://www.martincallanan.com. [TOP]


What are the responsibilities of the Parish Council?
The Parish Council is elected to look after and serve the parish and its residents. Click here to find out more. [TOP]


Can I attend Parish Council meetings?
Yes. Parish Council meetings are public meetings. Look at the Home page for details of the next meeting. [TOP]


Where can I find information about allotments?
There are two allotment sites in Corbridge, one at Aydon Road and the other at bridge End.  More information to follow.[TOP]