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Council Consultation on Local Plan

    Residents may have received an email from South Tyneside Council informing them that they are holding a public consultation on the latest Draft Local Plan (Regulation 19).

    This is your opportunity to learn more about the Local Plan from the Council, please note that this is not a Neighbourhood Forum event. Details from the email are reproduced below:

    South Tyneside Council has prepared a Publication Draft Local Plan 2023-2040 for consultation in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. 

    A Local Plan sets out the vision and a spatial framework for the future development of a Local Authority area within a plan period.  Local Plans address the needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure.  They also act as a basis for protecting and enhancing the natural environment, adapting to climate change, and securing good design. 

    A public consultation on the Local Plan will run for 6 weeks from Monday 15 January to Sunday 25 February 2024. 

    Representations at this stage should only be made on the legal compliance and soundness of the Local Plan. That is, has the Plan been prepared in accordance with all legal and procedural requirements, and does the Plan meet the prescribed tests of soundness. (Forum note – This is explained in more detail below)

    As part of this consultation, copies of the Local Plan will be placed in South Shields Town Hall and Jarrow Town Hall.  The Council will also be publishing the Local Plan, supporting documents and consultation material online at

    The following formal question and answer sessions are planned at the following locations where officers will be available to deliver a short presentation and answer any questions you might have. 

    Monday 15th JanuaryHedworthfield Community Association, Cornhill, Jarrow, NE32 4QD6pm – 8pm
    Tuesday 16th JanuaryEast Boldon Junior School, North Lane, East Boldon, NE36 0DL6pm – 8pm
    Wednesday 17th JanuaryWhitburn Parish Hall, North Guards, Whitburn, SR6 7JH6pm – 8pm
    Thursday 18th JanuaryHedworthfield Community Association, Cornhill, Jarrow, NE32 4QD10.30am – 12.30pm
    Friday 19th JanuaryCleadon Methodist Church, 8 Sunderland Road, Cleadon, SR6 7UT6pm – 8pm
    Monday 22nd JanuaryThe Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF4:30pm – 6:30pm
    Tuesday 23rd JanuaryJarrow Focus, Cambrian Street, Jarrow, NE32 3QN5pm – 7pm
    Wednesday 24th JanuaryHebburn Central, Glen Street, Hebburn, NE31 1AB6pm – 8pm
    Friday 26th JanuaryBoldon Community Association, New Road, Boldon Colliery, NE35 9DS6pm – 8pm

    In relation to the soundness of the plan the following questions need to be asked:

    Sound – relating to the content of the Plan

    Has the Plan been positively prepared to meet the objectively assessed need for homes, jobs, services and infrastructure and deliver sustainable development?

    ls the Plan justified by a robust evidence base?

    ls the Plan effective in delivering sustainable development?

    ls the Plan consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for sustainable development?

    Members of the Forum are working through the detail of the draft Local Plan and will seek the thoughts of members over the coming weeks.

    If you live or work in the East Boldon Forum area then you are welcome to join the Forum. Please get in touch with us.

    If you wish to contact us for any reason please leave your details on the Contact Us page.