Cabinet considers proposed development site consultation

Published: Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet is set to discuss a plan of consultation on a host of sites put forward for potential development.

The council is in the process of establishing part two of its local plan which will outline how requirements in part one will be met.

As part of this, last year it carried out a call for sites, seeking for those who owned property and land across the borough with development potential to come forward.

One of this pieces of work’s main aims was to identify land which might help meet the housing needs of the borough to 2029. It could also help highlight areas for employment use.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Council Cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “We now have a comprehensive site list and before we can proceed, we must consult the public on the areas involved.

“The list identifies a wide range of sites and is not intended to assess their viability. Some will be absolutely appropriate for development and others might not.

“Consultation at this stage will see the publication of maps outlining the positions of every site, so residents can see precisely where has been identified and can comment on them.”

Part one of the local plan states that the borough must deliver 18,870 homes between 2011 and 2029.

Taking into account housing completions since 2011, sites with planning permission, and sites already allocated leaves a shortfall of 3,033 houses.

The land availability assessment suggests there is potential for 4,350 homes but does not grant planning permission, it merely establishes the existence of potential sites.

In any event, it is unlikely that all sites, even those which have already achieved planning permission, will be delivered by 2029.

For full details take a look at the cabinet report.