East Boldon Neighbourhood Forum

Welcome to our website!

The Council run consultation on our Submission Draft Plan closed on 23 April 2021. There were a number of important items raised particularly by those with land interests in the forum area, please see here for more information. Our plan is now being reviewed by an Independent Examiner, documents shared through this process can be seen on the Council’s website. Take a look at our May / June 2021 Update to see what else has been going on.

Please remember that the Neighbourhood Plan creates a vision for our area and that it is based on feedback from residents. Neighbourhood Plans can influence the type, design, location and mix of new development. It can address issues including road access, cycling, footpaths and access for people with disabilities. It can also be used to help promote green and open spaces.

The Neighbourhood Plan is distinct from the Council’s “Local Plan” which they consulted on in 2019. The Local Plan is intended to shape development across the borough in the years ahead. The 2019 version of the plan has been scrapped and the Council have started work on a new version of the Local Plan. Please see here for more information.

Our Neighbourhood Plan represents a view of the future for the Village and we need your help! If you live or work in the East Boldon Forum area and are over 16 then you are welcome to join the Forum, please complete the application form and we’ll get in touch with you.

The consultation on our Draft Neighbourhood Plan closed in December 2020 (although it can still be viewed on the website), many thanks to those who viewed and / or provided comments.

Although our regular monthly meetings have been suspended since March as a result of the lockdown we have continued to work in the background towards the development of our draft neighbourhood plan. Please see below or click here for more information.

What have we been up to ?

Although we have not been able to meet face to face, officers of the Forum have been beavering away on the Neighbourhood Plan (NP). 

Our Draft Neighbourhood Plan was published in October and the consultation period closed on 7 December 2020.

We are now reviewing the responses that have been received and will publish more detail in due course. 

The Forum continues to make formal responses, on behalf of members, about key issues that impact on village life.

Please share this information with those who may not be members or may not have access to email.

We have / we are:

  • Developed policies – to deliver objectives identified by the community.
  • Working with our Consultant – to finalise the draft Neighbourhood Plan (last stages).
  • Finalised key Background Papers – which underpin policies and are available on the website.
  • Submitted the necessary NP documents to the Council for screening – (16.6.20).
  • Meet regularly with Council Planners – to keep them abreast of plan progress. They are expected to run their own consultation on the plan early in 2021.
  • Completed our own consultation on the draft plan.

Your Draft Neighbourhood Plan has been published and consulted on.

At Forum Community Events you told us these things need addressing:

  • Protecting the Green Belt and green spaces as well as the historic built environment and employment activities;
  • Managing transport, parking and flooding issues;
  • Ensuring the right type of housing and services for young and old alike.

All of these form the basis of our Objectives.

The policies have been screened by the Local Authority in relation to Environmental regulations with no significant comments received.

Some significant comments have been received on the draft plan and further details will be provided when the responses have been analysed.

Ultimately the Local Authority will appoint an external examiner to scrutinise the plan before it is voted on in a community referendum.

Social Media

We are active on social media, please follow us on Facebook if you can.

We do however understand that not everybody wants to use social media. Other ways for you to get in touch include via a telephone call or by text to 07726 106773.

Members receive regular email communications when items of interest arise and we continue to provide leaflets to every household and business in the Forum area to publicise major events.

Representing Members on Key Issues

We have gathered comments and presented views on:

  • Hawthorn Area 20mph Zone – support the Council’s proposal and suggest additions, to include other ‘dangerous’ areas of the village (June 2020).
  • Tree Preservation Order (TPO) – support the order but also widen this to include all trees of significance to the community (Jan-June 2020).
  • South Tyneside Street Space Consultation – made suggestions about future use of roads, walking & cycling routes (May/June 2020).
  • Planning applications – e.g. involved in the development of the Mayflower Glass site.

Let’s all keep working to keep our village a great place to live!

Progress Timeline:

The Forum has been active since 2016. We have created a visual timeline to show the progress which has been achieved since the idea of a Neighbourhood Forum for East Boldon was first suggested in November 2016. Please click to see more details.

We will add more information and links to support each of the items on the timeline as they become available.

Image Gallery:

We have also created an Image Gallery to share photos from the plan area.

Please feel free to contribute any images you would like to share by sending them to admin@eastboldonforum.org.uk.

Neighbourhood Forums have a legal standing and allow residents to influence (but not prevent) future development in their area. The East Boldon Neighbourhood Forum was designated by South Tyneside Council in January 2018. Since then, the Forum has been working on the development of a neighbourhood plan which is expected to be finalised later in 2021.

During August 2019 Forum members provided a detailed response to the South Tyneside Council’s latest draft of their Local Plan. Please look here for more information and feel free to leave a comment to let us know your views.

Funding, Independence and Membership

The Forum is an independent body mainly funded by Government grants which are specifically available to support the development of Neighbourhood Plans across the country. It does not support and is not linked to or supported by any political party.

It is required to work with interested stakeholders and consequently will continue to work with Council representatives and Councillors to ensure the delivery of a Neighbourhood Plan for East Boldon.

Anyone over the age of 16 who lives, works or is an elected councillor in the Forum area (which includes elements of the Cleadon / East Boldon and West Boldon / Boldon Colliery council wards) is entitled to become a member of the Forum.

A selection of our previous posts:

May / June 2021 Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who supported the Council’s consultation on the “Submission Draft” of our plan. More details are available here but that’s not all that’s been happening!
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Outcome of Consultation on the Submission Draft Plan

Results from the consultation on the Submission Draft Plan are in! Many thanks to those who took the time to comment on the plan, particularly those who gave 100% support. However, there were some objections to the plan, particularly from developers and land owners who have their own ideas. The Independent Examiner, Rosemary Kidd, will ask for clarifications for any responses and objections, as necessary.
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Submission Draft Plan – Council Consultation

Submission Draft consultation underway! You should have received the “Have Your Say” leaflet which the council produced, our own leaflet will be delivered to all properties within the forum boundary during April 2021. In accordance with the relevant legislation the next stage of the process to deliver a Neighbourhood Plan requires South Tyneside Council to consult on what is called the Submission Draft Plan. The consultation runs from 15 March 2021 to 23 April 2021, details are available on the Council’s website.
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Draft Plan Now Published

After a lot of effort by a lot of people, including those who have attended previous consultation events the draft of the Neighbourhood Plan has now been produced and we need your views!

Please take the time to read the full draft plan which is available by following this link and leave your comments using this short survey. Your comments are very important as this is a community driven plan which needs to be supported by those who live and work in the forum area.

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For more details on the Forum please see the About Us or Forum Facts pages.

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

Forum Officers

All members of the Forum are volunteers from the local community, the current elected Officials are:

Kirstin RichardsonChair
Roy WilburnVice Chair
Dave HutchinsonSecretary
Grahame TobinTreasurer

Photographs courtesy of Phil Payne