The Whitburn Neighbourhood Area and corresponding Whitburn Neighbourhood Forum were formally designated in January 2017 for the purposes of the local community carrying out Neighbourhood Planning activities in the Whitburn area of South Tyneside.
The Neighbourhood Forum designation lasts for a period of five years (or until it is withdrawn), during which time no other organisation or body may be designated for the purposes of carrying out Neighbourhood Planning in this Neighbourhood Area.
Any Neighbourhood Plan prepared by the local community would ultimately form part of South Tyneside Council's statutory Local Plan once it has successfully undergone formal public consultation, independent examination and a community referendum, and thus it must be in accordance with the strategic elements of the emerging new Local Plan.
The Whitburn Neighbourhood Forum may be contacted at WhitburnNF@gmail.com, via their Facebook page, or by post:
c/o Mr. Philip Leaf - Chairman, Whitburn Neighbourhood Forum
Tyne & Wear
Application for the Designation of a Whitburn Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum
The prospective Whitburn Neighbourhood Forum's application was originally received on 27 September 2016, with updated membership and supporting equality and diversity information for their proposed Neighbourhood Forum received on 19 October 2016, and a refined Neighbourhood Area map received on 28 October 2016. The application was considered to satisfy the legal requirements and as such the Council was legally required to publicise their application for a period of 6 weeks (which took place between 7 November - 20 December 2016), before deciding upon potential designation - a decision on formal designation was required to be made within 13 weeks of the start of consultation (ie. by 8 February 2017).