Vision for 2029 v2

Published: Tuesday, 30 August 2016

A public consultation on a vision for Northampton for 2029 will be discussed as part of the next stage in the development of a new Local Plan for Northampton.

The consultation will be considered when Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet meets next week (September 7).

The Local Plan is a statutory document that sets out the long-term strategy for how and where development should happen in a town, and how it will be delivered.  The Plan provides detailed planning policies and identifies areas for development, as well as areas that should be protected from development.

Since April, the Council has been asking the public for their views on the key issues facing the Borough that the plan should address.

Now Cabinet is being asked to agree a period of more detailed consultation on the objectives of the Local Plan and the strategy that will drive the future development of the Borough – formally called the Options Consultation.

The strategy sets out a vision for how the Borough can plan for sustainable growth in both housing and the economy, balancing that with a need to promote and protect our heritage and the environment. It puts forward options including:

  • Using brownfield or other existing sites in the built-up area to provide as much housing as possible within the Borough
  • Ensuring that the development of new homes is matched by new employment opportunities and the provision of new services
  • Reflecting the changing role of the high street by promoting a range of other uses such as leisure or residential, within the town centre
  • Putting our historic environment at the centre of plans to shape the Borough’s future

Cllr Tim Hadland, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Enterprise, said: “The Local Plan will set out a vision for Northampton, and a strategy for how we work towards that vision.  It will guide how we meet the town’s needs to provide housing and jobs and ensure that development takes place in the areas where the Council and the community would like it to be. We also need to make sure that we have the infrastructure in place to meet the demands of increased growth.

“This important process will affect everyone who lives or works in Northampton and this will be a meaningful opportunity for people to help shape the town’s future.”

A draft Local Plan will be ready in March 2017, when further consultation on its proposals will take place.

Cabinet meets at the Guildhall at 6pm on Wednesday 7 September.