STRUCTURE: Northumberland County Council is due to approve planning permission for a new emergency care hospital, proposed by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, according to a report.

Northumbria foundation trust has been proposing a reconfiguration which would include a new hospital focused on emergency care for two years. It is unpopular with neighbouring Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust, and with some residents who are concerned about traffic.

However Northumberland County Council planners have recommended approving planning permission at a meeting next week. They say plans are in place to deal with traffic, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.