Neighbourhood Planning in Northampton

Northampton's Neighbourhood Plans - project updates

Northampton Borough Council actively supports community groups involved in Neighbourhood Planning. Follow the links to visit the project pages and find out more about each Plan.

Summary of Neighbourhood Plans progress

Queens Park Neighbourhood Plan

Project lead:
Queens Park Neighbourhood Forum

Current progress:
On 8 January 2018 Northampton Borough Council received applications for the creation of a Neighbourhood Forum and designation of a Neighbourhood Area for the purpose of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

You can find all the information below:

Semilong and Trinity Neighbourhood Plan

Project lead:
Semilong and Trinity Neighbourhood Forum

Current progress:
On 13 September 2017 Northampton Borough Council designated the Semilong and Trinity Neighbourhood Area and Forum for the purpose of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

You can find all the information below:

Made Neighbourhood Plans

Duston Neighbourhood Plan

Project lead:
Duston Parish Council

Duston Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 11 September 2013. At full Council on the 14 December 2015 Northampton Borough Council made the Duston Neighbourhood Plan. It now forms part of the Development Plan, meaning that it is a material consideration when deciding planning applications. Full details and the Made Plan Documents can be viewed below.

Growing Together Neighbourhood Plan

Project lead:
Growing Together Neighbourhood Forum

On 11 September 2013 NBC Cabinet designated the Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum. At full Council on the 3 April 2017 Northampton Borough Council made the Growing Together Neighbourhood Plan. It now forms part of the Development Plan, meaning that it is a material consideration when deciding planning applications. Full details and the Made Plan Documents can be viewed below.

Spring Boroughs Neighbourhood Plan

Project lead:
Spring Boroughs Neighbourhood Forum

The applications to designate the Spring Boroughs Neighbourhood Area and the Neighbourhood Forum (to be known as Spring Boroughs Voice) was approved on 11 December 2013. At full Council on 18 April 2016 Northampton Borough Council made the Spring Boroughs Neighbourhood Plan. Full details and the Made Plan documents can be viewed below.

Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area applications in Northampton

A Neighbourhood Area is the area to which a Neighbourhood Plan applies. Before work begins on preparing the Plan, the parish council or Neighbourhood Forum must apply to Northampton Borough Council to designate the boundary of the Neighbourhood Area.

Once an Area and Forum are designated, no other organisation may be designated for that Neighbourhood Area, until that designation expires or is withdrawn.

Making comments on an application

Northampton Borough Council is the body responsible for determining Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum applications.

Each application will be published for a 6 week consultation period, during which time individuals and organisations may submit comments to the council. These comments will be taken into account when making a decision on an application.

During consultation periods comments can be made either electronically or by letter to the council. If you would like to be added to the council's planning consultation database please get in touch.