Still time to have your say on Northampton’s Local Plan
Members of the public are being reminded to have their say on Northampton’s next Local Plan before the deadline passes on Friday 10 June.
The Local Plan is the long-term strategy for what, where, when and how development will be managed in the borough. It also provides detailed planning policies and identifies areas for development as well as areas that should be protected from development.
The Borough Council is reviewing the current Local Plan and would like the public’s views on the key issues they think the next plan should address. This could include issues as varied as delivering the right homes to meet people’s needs, considering the infrastructure needed to support growth across the borough, making better use of the opportunities of the riverside or protecting and enhancing the natural and historic environment and landscape. Alongside this, the council is identifying potential sources of land for development within the borough – a call for sites is asking people to suggest sites that they consider would be suitable.
The council is also reviewing its statement of community involvement which sets out how the public are consulted on planning applications and the Local Plan.
Councillor Tim Hadland, cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “We are nearing the end of the consultation period and I would urge people to take the time to have their say as it impacts everyone who lives, works or visits the borough.”
The first stage of the Local Plan consultation is an issues paper which is now available to view on the Borough Council’s website at: www.northampton.gov.uk/localplanissues
Information is also available from the Guildhall One Stop Shop and local libraries, by phoning the planning policy team on 01604 837326 or emailing [email protected]The deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday 10 June.