Dementia Friendly Riding Mill

Understanding more about living with dementia is important at any time and, at this critical time, it is all the more important that we are all able to recognise the challenges faced by those living with dementia and those who care for them.

The isolation of the lockdown has been difficult for all of us, but so much worse when living with dementia, unable to welcome the company of family and friends and helpers which, in normal circumstances, is one of their main lifelines.

In the same way that the lockdown has prevented us playing our usual parts in the village community, bringing about a feeling of being left out of normal life, having dementia can exclude people.  It can make it more difficult for them to feel part of the community by limiting what they are able to do and where they feel at ease to go.

There may be other people already living with dementia and managing well, with the help of family and friends.  But there are also more who manage, but only just, for example they may lack company they feel at ease with. We need to be aware of how we can do more. That’s why we all need to be fully aware of dementia, to understand its effects and to recognise how we can help and support those living with dementia and those who care for them.

To achieve our aim of working towards a Dementia Friendly Riding Mill our first objective is to encourage the members of our village clubs, organisations and faith groups to become Dementia Friends.

It’s simple, can be done individually or by taking part in a group information session, depending on preference. The session only lasts between 45 minutes to an hour depending on the number and length of discussions or number of participants. Methods are very flexible in view of Covid-19.

If you would like to know more about how to become a Dementia Friend, please look on the village noticeboards or very simply use this link to the Alzheimer’s Society website:

One small request, if you go on to register as a Dementia Friend, please either give us a call or leave a note of your details in the Parish Hall letter box or in the hall (if open) as we would like to record the growing number of Dementia Friends for our own records.

If you need any help or would like any contact details we can help with, please telephone:

Jan Walmsley

tel: 01434682168 or 0795630802 or

Suzanne Barker

tel: 07587068210


A Neighbourhood Plan

A Neighbourhood Plan for Riding Mill

Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council is considering whether to prepare a neighbourhood plan for the parish. Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by the Localism Act and can be a powerful tool for communities to have their say over how and where they want development in their areas to take place. As well as directing development, they can also identify and protect things which are important to the community, such as local green space, community facilities or heritage. Once a neighbourhood plan is brought into force, it will be used to help determine planning applications in the area it covers.

In Northumberland, neighbourhood plans are created by parish or town councils and set out planning policies for the development and use of land in their area. These can be either general or site-specific policies but cannot block development already agreed through the Northumberland Local Plan.

The Neighbourhood plan process

The process of preparing a neighbourhood plan is set out in legislation and there are a number of steps that a plan must go through for it to be ‘made’ (brought into legal force). These are set out below:

  • Stage one: area designation
    Neighbourhood planning activity can only take place in areas specifically designated ‘neighbourhood areas’. The Parish Council must submit an area designation application to the County Council.
  • Stage two: preparing a neighbourhood plan
    The way in which neighbourhood plans are prepared will be decided by the Parish Council. In most cases, a steering group will be established to lead preparation of the plan. This would typically involve: gathering information about the neighbourhood area and engaging with the community to identify local aspirations and priorities; identifying a vision for the neighbourhood area;  setting out a clear purpose for a plan including identifying objectives to be achieved through the plan; and drafting planning policies to help deliver the objectives of the plan

Once prepared, the draft plan must be subject to a six-week period of consultation. This will include consulting national bodies as set out in legislation.

Following the consultation period, all comments received must be considered and any amendments thought to be necessary must be made to the plan before it is submitted to the County Council.

  • Stage three: submit the plan
    Once the plan has been submitted to the County Council, it will be checked to make sure it meets legal requirements.

This information will be publicised for a minimum of six weeks and any comments submitted will be sent directly to an independent examiner.

  • Stage four: independent examination
    The independent examination will consider whether the plan meets a set of ‘basic conditions’ set out in legislation. They will produce a report detailing their findings and make recommendations about the draft plan including whether it should be put to referendum in the local area.
  • Stage five: referendum

The County Council will publish the examiner’s report and, where recommended, will organise a local referendum. For the plan to be adopted, it must receive majority support from the local community. If more than 50% vote in favour, the County Council must bring it into force.

The Parish Council is keen to find out if any members of the community would be keen to get involved, whether it’s getting involved in consultation with the community, coming up with ideas of what we would like to see in the Plan, or even helping write the plan itself.

There are already a number of successful Neighbourhood Plans in Northumberland and preparing a plan for Riding Mill could be a real opportunity to try to shape the area for the future.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Catherine Harrison, the Parish Clerk, via email:

Parish Council Meeting – Monday 14th September 2020

It has been agreed to hold a meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 14th September 2020 at 7.45 p.m.

This meeting will now be held on Zoom only (no physical meeting will be held at the Parish Hall as previously advertised).

For a copy of the agenda, please click here.

To view the supporting papers please click below:

Paper A – amended

Paper B

Paper C

To view a copy of the draft Minutes from the meeting held on Monday 13th July 2020, please click here.

County Councillor Anne Dale will take questions from 7.15 pm and questions to the Council will be taken from 7.30 – 7.45 pm.  In case of technical difficulties with Zoom, it would be helpful if anyone wishing to speak during the public question and answer session could notify the the Clerk in advance and not later than 12 noon on Monday 14th September.  Anyone asking a question much clearly identify themselves on Zoom.

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Newsletter – August 2020

We’ve just published our yearly newsletter which has been delivered to homes in the village.  If you would like to download a digital copy, please click here.



Proposal to build a house on land south of Church Lane – Application number 20/01932/FUL


The planning application for Fold House is now available online.

To view the application please click on the following link and search using the application number above:

The Parish Council does have one paper copy of the application and if you are unable to view it online please contact the Clerk (682348) to arrange to borrow the documents for a period of 24 hours.

We would encourage people to respond with valid planning framework comments (see below), and if you would like to submit anything by way of a response, either in support or objection, then you should comment in the following ways:

  • via the planning portal website as detailed above
  • by sending an email to
  • by writing to The Planning Department (West Area Team), Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF

Comments should be received by Wednesday 26th August although we understand that there is a little flexibility with that date should residents be away.

Please note: The Parish Council has been given an extension and is able to submit its comments on 15th September following the Parish Council meeting on Monday 14th September when it will be discussed.




The council can only take land use planning issues into account when it makes a decision on an application. These will vary depending on the proposal and the site circumstances, but may include:

  • The council’s planning policies
  • Central government planning guidance
  • The size, appearance, layout and density of the proposed development
  • Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing
  • Overlooking or loss of privacy
  • Means of access, parking, servicing, traffic generation, highway safety
  • Impact on landscape and ecological habitats
  • Effect on listed buildings, conservation areas and archaeology
  • Noise and disturbance
  • Air quality and odours
  • Contamination
  • Flood risk
  • Renewable energy, sustainability of proposed development
  • Crime prevention and community safety

The following are matters which the council cannot take into account, these include:

  • Private property matters such as boundary and access disputes, rights to light, restrictive covenants, capacity of private drains, damage to property during construction
  • Effects on property value
  • Trade competition
  • Loss of view
  • Building regulations matters such as structural safety and fire prevention and matters covered by other laws such as alcohol or gaming licences
  • The applicant’s personal conduct, history or motives