Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

The Central Area Action Plan (CAAP)is a Plan that provides specific planning policy and guidance for Northampton town centre and adjoining areas where significant regeneration or investment is proposed in the period up to 2026.


CAAP - Final Stage

2013 Adoption

The Central Area Action Plan (CAAP) was adopted by Northampton Borough Council at Full Council on Monday 21st January 2013.

The CAAP comprises the following documents:


CAAP Adoption Statement
CAAP Adopted Plan
CAAP Proposals Map
CAAP Consultation Statement (January 2013)
Sustainability Appraisal (non-technical summary)
Sustainability Appraisal (full)
Equalities Impact Assessment

The full evidence base for the Central Area Action Plan can be found here.


CAAP Evidence Base documents

CAAP - Previous Stages

2012 Inspector's Report

Following the independent examination of the Northampton CAAP by the appointed Planning Inspector Mr Mike Fox BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI. The Final Report was received by the Council on 12 November 2012.

The report concluded that Northampton CAAP was "sound" and legally compliant subject to a number of modifications which were recommended by the Inspector. The Council published these modifications for representation as part of the Examination process from 20th September to 2nd November 2012. The Inspector considered representations made prior to completing his Final Report.

The Northampton CAAP was amended based on the Inspector's Report and recommended main modifications, and taken to Cabinet and Full Council for adoption. The Report can be viewed below.


Inspector’s Report
CAAP Proposed Main and Minor Modifications Consultation - 20 September - 2 November 2012

The Borough Council consulted on main and minor modifications to the CAAP from 20 September until Friday 2nd November 2012.


Schedule of Proposed Main and Minor Modifications (Sept 2012)
Proposed Main and Minor Modifications: Sustainability Appraisal to the new policy "Presumption in Favour of Sustainable Development Policy" (Sept 2012)
Situation Update on Selection of Alternative Options (Sept 2012)
Proposed Main and Minor Modifications - Equalities Impact Assessment (Sept 2012)
CAAP Proposed Main and Minor Modifications Consultation Representation Form
Consultation Guidance Note

Independent Examination

As part of the examination process, a Pre-Hearing Meeting took place on the 10th July 2012, the purpose of which was to discuss procedural arrangements and afforded representors the opportunity to raise any procedural matters directly with the Inspector.


Inspector's Introductory letter for Representors at the Examination
Guidance Notes for the Pre-Hearing Meeting
Inspector's Note from the Pre-Hearing Meeting
Examination Programme, Inspector's Issues and Questions, Responses, Statements of Common Ground, and Situational Updates

Submission Stage

The CAAP was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 24 May 2012 for Independent Examination.


CAAP Evidence Base documents

Pre-Submission Stages

2011 Focused Changes Consultation

After the Regulation 27 Consultation stage additional evidence came forward which affected some of the policies which had been published through the Pre-Submission CAAP. This resulted in a requirement for the Council to publish a Schedule of Focused Changes to the CAAP and an addendum to the supporting Sustainability Appraisal.

These documents were published for a 6-week consultation period which ended on 22 December 2011.


Schedule of Focused Changes

Equality Impact Assessment Screening

Sustainability Appraisal Addendum

The representations made during the consultation can be viewed here.


Focused Changes Representations 2011

2010 Regulation 27 Consultation

The Pre-Submission Draft CAAP and Supporting Documents were published for a 6-week consultation, ending 16 December 2010. This publication complied with Regulation 27 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008.


Pre-Submission Draft Publication Central Area Action Plan
Maps CAAP Pre-Submission Maps 1-4 (North)
CAAP Pre-Submission Maps 5-8 (Central)
CAAP Pre-Submission Maps 9-13 (South)

Background Technical Papers
Pre-Submission Statement of Consultation
Supporting Documents - Appendices
Statement of Representation Procedures
Representation Form and Guidance Notes
Sustainability Appraisal Report
Sustainability Appraisal Summary
Appropriate Assessment
Equality Impact Assessment

The representations made during the consultation can be viewed here.


Regulation 27 Representations 2010

2009 Emerging Strategy

The CAAP Emerging Strategy was published for consultation during August and September 2009.


CAAP Emerging Strategy (with appendices)

CAAP Emerging Strategy responses (with summary)
2007 Issues and Options

The first formal stage of public consultation on the CAAP took place in Autumn 2007 with the publication of an Issues and Options document.


CAAP Issues and Options Discussion Paper

CAAP Issues and Options Questionnaire (reference only)

The representations made during the consultation can be viewed here.


Issues and Options Representations 2007

Planning for the Future - Local Development Plan
Planning for the Future - Documents, Studies and Publications