Greens Respond to Local Plan, Why you Should too! 

 South Tyneside Green Party 

 Date 19th Feburary 2024 

South Tyneside Green Party has issued their first part of a comprehensive reponse to South Tyneside Council’s Local Plan, a plan that will shape South Tyneside for the decades to come.

The local plan serves as a blueprint in Planning, guiding the future development and land use within South Tyneside. It outlines policies and proposals concerning housing, transportation, infrastructure, environment, and economy, aiming to strike a balance between meeting the needs of the community and preserving the character and environment of the area. Essentially, it’s a strategic document designed to shape how our towns, villages, and countryside evolve over time.

Local Plans are at the heart of the planning system and are the main consideration in deciding planning applications. They set the framework in which decisions on proposals are taken locally. The law makes it clear that decisions on planning applications should be made in accordance (in line) with the policies and proposals within the development plan (which includes the Local Plan) unless other strong planning reasons or ‘material considerations’ indicate. It is therefore very important that you get involved in the preparation of planning policies and proposals within the Local Plan at an early stage if you want to influence how your area will be developed in future.

We are now at the last stage of the Local Plan consultation process, this is the very last step before the council submits this to government. This is your last chance to have a say, or request to speak in the Examination in Public (similar to a public enquiry).

You are more than welcome to use our response, and submit this yourself. 

The deadline for responding is midnight on Sunday 3 March 2024.








 How to Respond 

To respond to this final draft of the Local Plan, submissions must be made on whether it has been prepared in accordance with legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is “sound”. Plans are sound if they are:

a) Positively prepared – providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs for homes, jobs, infrastructure and services and is consistent with achieving sustainable development;

b) Justified – an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence;

c) Effective – deliverable over the plan period;

d) Consistent with national policy – enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and other statements of national planning policy by ministers.

The deadline for responding is midnight on Sunday 3 March 2024.

Important: If you wish to speak at the Examination in Public, you must state that in your response.

You can submit your comments by:

The council have provided a format for email responses, download here.

You do not have to use their form but you might find it helpful to look at the questions they ask.

Post: Spatial Planning, Development Services, Regeneration and Environment, South Tyneside Council, Town Hall and Civic Offices, Westoe Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2RL

Council website: Click here (opens in new tab)

You must include your name and address, and if possible your email address.

Group with common views can put in single representation with list of names and addresses.

You do not need to live in South Tyneside to submit an objection.

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