Draft Plan Now Published

The draft plan was open to consultation from October until 7 December 2020, the consultation is now closed.

Thank you for your patience!

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 view as to whether you support the plan fully or would like to suggest a modification to a policy or policies.

Please take the time to read the full draft plan which is available by following this link and leave your comments using this short response form. 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.

The plan is supported by a number of additional documents which are available here.

The plan includes 25 policies which support the objectives, these were previously endorsed at consultation events. They are included in the full plan but you can also see them by following this link.

Unfortunately, as a result of the recently announced Covid lockdown it will not be possible to view the plan documents in the library. Please use the documents which are available on the website. If you would like additional help please let us know by contacting us.

The ability to prepare neighbourhood plans has come out of the Localism Act. They are a way for local communities to be closely involved in the decisions which affect them and their areas. The East Boldon Neighbourhood Plan has been developed to establish a vision for the village and to help deliver the local community’s aspirations and needs for the plan period 2020-2036. Once adopted, it is a statutory document that will be incorporated into the district planning framework and must be used by South Tyneside Council to determine planning applications.

A neighbourhood plan has many benefits. The East Boldon Neighbourhood Plan has been developed by volunteers from the village to:
• protect the village from uncontrolled, large scale, or poorly placed development;
• ensure that development is sympathetic to and improves the look and feel of the historic character of the village;
• ensure that new homes reflect the needs of the residents, e.g. affordable, first and retirement homes;
• minimise the loss of greenfield sites and maximise the use of brown field sites to prevent the loss of Green Belt;
• facilitate the success of our local businesses as well as sport and leisure facilities;
• maintain our transport links to surrounding areas, while improving access to walking and cycling routes in and through the plan area and access to the countryside beyond;
• support the delivery of the council’s Climate Change Strategy;
• protect our diverse and unique natural environment that is so vital to the character of East Boldon;
• give the village the potential to access community infrastructure levy funding to improve village facilities and allow community groups to continue to emerge and flourish;
• identify, through community actions, additional projects to improve East Boldon’s facilities, services and local environment, as well as address issues beyond the scope of the planning policies, including concerns over car parking; and
• ensure the adoption of up to date residential and non-residential parking standards that address current circumstances and are applied to new development proposals.

It is important that you provide feedback on the plan. We hope that you can support what has been presented on behalf of the community by completing the short response form. If you have any comments or suggested modifications please put them next to the relevant planning policies (but please note that you do not need to make a comment against every one).

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.