Vision for 2029
Members of the public are being asked to contribute their views on the Local Plan.
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 over the next 15 years.
The strategy sets out a vision for how the Borough can plan for sustainable growth. It puts forward options including:
- Using brownfield or other existing sites in the built-up area to provide as much housing as possible
- 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
There will also be a drop-in session in the One Stop Shop at the Guildhall on Thursday, 13 October between 12.00 and 5.00pm, where people can ask questions about the Local Plan.
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.”
Full details are available online at northampton.gov.uk/localplan. The options consultation will remain open until 2 November 2016.