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Six areas of Northumberland which have seen large numbers of new homes approved recently have been highlighted as requiring an expansion of GP and other healthcare facilities.
Northumberland County Council planning officers made a presentation to last Thursday's (January 17) meeting of the health and wellbeing board about the healthcare implications of the final draft of the Local Plan, as they did at the July meeting in relation to the first draft.
There are a number of policies in the document which deal with or touch on health and wellbeing elements, including one to limit the number of hot-food takeaways, but one of the main concerns remains around healthcare infrastructure.
The development framework is supported by an almost 200-page Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which aims to ensure new housing is supported by the necessary services.
It refers to a number of areas which 'have already seen multiple, large-scale planning applications for housing in recent years' and which 'will require increased capacity in primary-care infrastructure'.
These are: Amble/Broomhill; Ashington/Newbiggin; Bedlington/Guidepost; Cramlington; Morpeth/Pegswood; Alnwick.

Five parks in Northumberland are to be upgraded thanks to an investment of £287,000.
Northumberland County Council's cabinet approved to spend £204,000, with the remaining £83,000 funded by contributions from the likes of town and parish councils.
As part of its medium-term financial plan, the local authority has already set aside capital funding of £150,000 per year from 2018-19 to 2020-21 to invest in parks and green spaces.
So far, money has been spent at Jennings Field in Bedlington , Astley Park in Seaton Delaval, and Eastwood Park in Prudhoe.
Following the sign-off on Tuesday, Blyth's Ridley Park and Mermaid play area, Alexandra Park in Cramlington , Gallagher Park in Bedlington, and Rothbury's Riverside play area are all set to benefit.
At Ridley Park, £45,000 will be spent in total with £25,000 being used to refurbish the hugely-popular water play area.

Cuts to council tax support in Northumberland were given the final nod this week as the cost-saving measure was put to a vote by all county councillors.
From April, all households in the county will have to pay a minimum of 8% of their council tax bill, following approval for changes to save £1m a year.
At Northumberland County Council's full meeting this week, members agreed a reduction in the level of council tax support for working-age claimants to 92%. The current scheme provides up to 100%, meaning that some households pay no council tax.
To a typical band A property, the change will mean a council tax bill of £98.55 per year for a couple/family or £73.91 for a single person.
The much-discussed proposal, which has attracted some fervent criticism but was supported by a majority of respondents during a six-week consultation, was passed by 31 votes to 26.
There were six abstentions - the Lib Dems and the Bedlington Independents - who could have swayed the vote the other way.

An elderly woman had her purse stolen on Boxing Day after being asked for a glass of water in an alleged distraction burglary.
An investigation was launched by officers at Northumbria Police after a report was made on December 26 of an alleged burglary at the home of an elderly woman on Disraeli Street, Blyth.
The alleged victim reported that a man had knocked on her door asking for a glass of water – but later discovered her purse and a couple of other items were missing.
Police believe the man had attempted to disguise his identity using a coat, scarf and glasses.
Christopher Beaney, 40 from Lonsdale Avenue, Bebside, was later arrested and charged with burglary.
He appeared at Bedlington Magistrates’ Court on December 28 where he pleaded not guilty to the offence and is next due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on January 25.

Detectives have made a fresh appeal for witnesses after two people were allegedly stabbed in Alnwick minutes apart.
The two alleged assaults happened in neighbouring streets in the Northumberland town in the early hours of Thursday, December 27.
Officers were first called to an address on Sycamore Avenue at around 1.37am where a 37-year-old man was found and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries consistent with a stabbing.
One minute later, a second alleged stabbing was reported at Howling Lane.
Emergency services arrived and a 33-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries consistent with a stabbing. She has since been discharged from hospital.
Two men have been charged in connection with the alleged assaults but the officer leading the investigation has made a fresh appeal for witnesses who noticed anything suspicious.

You often won't know you've been clocked by one until it is too late.
However the locations of the region's 'red light cameras' have been revealed.
And the overwhelming majority are south of the Tyne - with just four in Newcastle.
The cameras, located on top of traffic lights, clock drivers who jump a red light.
Over 10,000 North East drivers have been fined since 2015, a Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police has revealed.
However the number of fines has almost halved in recent years.

Three people have been arrested after an alleged stabbing in Walker in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Police were called to Walker Park Gardens, Newcastle, at 2.19am on Tuesday after receiving a report of an assault.
When officers arrived they found a man with suspected knife injuries to his head and calf.
The 26-year-old was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries where he remains in a stable condition.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "An investigation into the assault is ongoing but two men – aged 36 and 26 – and a 27-year-old woman were arrested shortly after the incident was reported.

A former Perdu bouncer accused of attacking a teenager in the Diamond Strip bar has been quizzed by police.
Facebook footage showed Lauryn Parker, 19, having an alleged altercation with the bouncer on Halloween.
The nightspot sacked him following an investigation.
The Security Industry Authoirty (SIA) which regulates doorstaff, suspended his licence - barring him from working in security.
Now Northumbria Police has confirmed it has quizzed the doorman as it continues to investigate the incident.
A 53-year-old man was interviewed under caution," said a force spokesperson.

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