Northampton Local Plan Part 2 Submission & Examination
Northampton Local Plan Part 2 Submission & Examination
Hearing Sessions took place between Tuesday 16th November 2021 and Tuesday30 November 2021.
The Inspectors have submitted a Post Hearing Note to the Council. The Council will continue to progress outstanding work and begin to draft a schedule of main modifications to the Plan which will be consulted upon in due course.
Further updates will be available here in due course.
- EXAM 45A HBF Response to EXAM 42-44
- EXAM 45B Anglian Water Response to EXAM 42-44
- EXAM 45C Lichfields Response to EXAM 42-44
- EXAM 44 Email correspondence between WNC and Anglian Water re Water Efficiency Standard
- EXAM 43 EA Water Stressed Areas Report July 2021
- EXAM 42 Email correspondence between WNC & Anglian Water re Water Stress Areas
- EXAM 41 WNC Response to Inspectors' Post Hearing Letter
- EXAM 40 Inspectors Post Hearings Letter 24012022
- EXAM 39 Northampton Borough Council Specialist Housing Supplementary Planning Document
- EXAM 38 West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Review of Policies 2019
- EXAM 37 Joint Annual Monitoring Report 2019-20
- EXAM 36 Brownfield Land Register 2020
- EXAM 35 Northampton Housing Profile with Planning Status
- EXAM 5B Northampton 5 Year Land Supply Statement updated 11.11.21
Planning Inspectors Philip Lewis BA(Hons) MA MRTPI and Mark Sturgess BSc(Hons) MBA MRTPI have been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Northampton Local Plan Part 2 (the Plan).
The Inspectors’ task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is:
- positively prepared (providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development);
- justified (an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence);
- effective (deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground); and
- consistent with national policy (enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).
The Inspectors will take into account the representations submitted upon the Submission Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspectors: these are termed Hearing Sessions.
At the end of the Examination, the Inspectors will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.
Guidance Notes have been prepared by the Inspectors to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
Procedure Guidance for Local Plans is available via www.gov.uk
The Programme Officer
The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspectors, Council and Representors.
He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspectors to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process.
Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspectors should be submitted via the Programme Officer.
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Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable
Hearing Sessions commenced at 09.30am on Tuesday 16th November 2021 within the Jeffery Room of Northampton Guildhall, St Giles’ Square, Northampton, NN1 1DE.
Version 5 of the Programme identifies the participants for each session.
The Council produced an advice note for those attending the Hearing Sessions.
The Inspectors’ Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) form the basis of discussions during the hearing sessions and provide the framework for any further written responses representors submitted.
Agendas were produced for the hearing sessions as follows:
- Day 1 Matter 1 Agenda
- Day 1 Matter 2 Agenda
- Day 2 Matter 3 and 4 Agenda
- Day 3 Matter 4 Agenda
- Day 4 Matter 5 Agenda
In preparing the Plan the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the Document Library for the Examination. These documents can be accessed below:
A. Documents submitted during the Examination
B. Local Plan Part 2 submission documents
C. Consultation responses to Proposed Submission Round 1 and Round 2
D. Evidence Base Documents
In preparing the Northampton Local Plan Part 2, the Council both referred to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base'.
E. Written Statements
Written Statements received in response to the Inspectors’ Matters, Issues and Questions can be accessed through the following link:
Submission to the Secretary of State
Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations
Following the decision at Full Council on 18 January 2021, Northampton Borough Council submitted the Northampton Local Plan Part 2 (2011 – 2029) and supporting documents to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 4 February 2021 for examination. This is in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).
The Local Plan Part 2 will cover the Borough of Northampton and provide the statutory planning framework to 2029. It includes development management policies which will provide policy direction for sustainable development, housing delivery, retention and expansion of employment opportunities, supporting the growth and changing roles of the town centre, providing commercial and leisure enterprises as well as protecting and enhancing the built and natural environment. It will also include site specific allocations for various types of developments and/or uses that are considered suitable for these sites.