Application for Retail Units on County Hall Site Submitted in Obscene Haste

So, the Outline application for the proposed retail development on the County Hall site was submitted to the Planning Department on Friday 18th November. It should appear on the County’s website five to nine days after it was submitted and once it has been “validated” i.e. once it has been checked to ensure that all the necessary paperwork has been made available.

It is interesting to note that the so called “consultation”, to which only part of the town was invited, was only held on Thursday 3rd November. Over 600 people attended the consultation, with many filling in the response forms then and there. Many others submitted their responses later, but within the timescale allowed, and some submitted detailed comments. Yet it appears to have been deemed that not only have all those responses been analysed, but adjustments made to the proposal after note has been taken of the community’s comments, all within 12 working days. Some hope! It has clearly been demonstrated that the “consultation” has been the charade we all assumed it would be.

Morpeth folk must not give up though. We must submit our valid objections to each of the applications for the site and not let them just walk over us.


About Joan Tebbutt

Joan is a Morpeth Town Councillor representing Morpeth Kirkhill, and previously represented the area on Castle Morpeth Borough Council and the County Council before it became a Unitary Authority. She has been a school governor for 14 years and is Chair of Governors at Morpeth County First School (Goosehill). A former Mayor of Morpeth (2013/14) she is Chair of Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Chair of the Town Council's Planning and transport Committee.
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