Above all, GMDT is community-based and is active in supporting the community life of the town and surrounding area, beyond the specific areas of the three interest groups.

2012-15 Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan: GMDT staff, directors and volunteers were actively involved in researching and preparing the Neighbourhood Plan.

CEO David Lodge chaired the Local Economy Topic Group which researched key opportunity sites, and developed vision and policies for both the future of the town centre and other employment sites within the Plan area.

Members of Heritage and Environment Topic Groups contributed extensively to policies and proposals for community action that will help retain the character of the town and Plan area through what is likely to be a period of rapid housing growth. And members of the Heritage and Arts & Culture Interest Groups led on developing criteria-led policy for the provision and renewal of heritage, arts and leisure facilities in the town.