Local people and businesses in South Tyneside are reminded that consultation on the draft Local Plan ends next week.
Residents are invited to give their views on the current version of the plan, which will ultimately become a blueprint for future development in the Borough.
The plan looks at 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 and health and community facilities, in place to support it.
South Tyneside Council has been seeking residents' feedback to help develop the final version of the document and consultation will end next Friday (October 11).
Cllr John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: "We really encourage residents and businesses to have their say during this consultation period because the Local Plan will affect everyone who lives and works here.
"The Plan will set out where we live, shop, play and travel around the Borough and we are keen to hear people's views.
"Having a plan ensures we are in control of our own destiny and allows us to build development in the right way, in the right place and with the necessary infrastructure to support it."
Following the current consultation period there will be a further consultation on the revised publication draft. Ultimately, the Plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for a Public Examination before an independent planning inspector.
Cllr Anglin added: "Officers are available to discuss any issues or concerns related to the development of the local plan both during and after the consultation period."
There are a number of ways that people can give their views on the plan.
Hard copies of the plan and response form are available in libraries and in the reception at South Shields and Jarrow town halls.
The plan is available to view on the website where there will also be a link to the consultation portal: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/36011/Local-Plan