Local people and businesses in South Tyneside are being invited to give their views on future development in the Borough.
South Tyneside Council will next week begin public consultation on its draft Local Plan.
The Local Plan will determine where new homes, businesses, shops and leisure facilities will be built over the next 15 years.
It will ensure that growth is delivered with the right infrastructure, such as roads, public transport, health and community facilities, is in place to support it.
The council is now seeking feedback from residents to develop the final version of the plan.
Cllr John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: "The Local Plan affects each and every one of us because it will determine where we live, shop, play and travel around the Borough.
"That's why residents' views are important to us. Nothing is set in stone at the moment so we want to take on board what people have to say to help us finalise the plan.
"The Local Plan will ensure that we retain control over where development should be located and it is built in a sustainable way, on our terms, with the appropriate infrastructure in place.
"This is about making the Borough, a thriving, attractive and prosperous place to live, work and visit, which benefits us all."
The consultation period will run from August 19 to October 11 and there are a number of ways that people can give their views on the plan.
Hard copies of the plan and response form will be available in libraries and in the reception at South Shields and Jarrow town halls.
The plan will be available to view on the website where there will also be a link to the consultation portal:
There will also be a number of drop-in events:
Jarrow focus -2 September 2- 8.30pm
Haven Point -3 September 2—8.30pm
Lukes Lane Community Centre - 4 September 2pm-8.30pm
Hedworth Community Association - 5 September 2- 8.30pm
Boldon Community Association - 9 September 2-8.30pm
Barnes Institute - 10 September - 2- 8:30pm
Hebburn Central - 16 September - 2-8.30pm
Cleadon Methodist Church - 17 September - 2.30-8pm
Whitburn Library - 19 September - 2-7pm