Northampton Local Plan Part 2 submitted for independent examination

Published: Friday, 05 February 2021

The Northampton Local Plan Part 2 and its accompanying documents were submitted to the Government for independent examination by a Planning Inspector yesterday (Thursday, 4 February).

The submission of the Local Plan Part 2 to the Secretary of State for independent examination was agreed by Northampton Borough Council’s Full Council at its meeting on Monday, 18 January.

The Local Plan Part 2 sets out the planning policy framework for Northampton for the next 10 years, containing 44 policies, which will replace the existing saved policies contained in the Northampton Local Plan 1997 and the Central Area Action Plan 2013.

It includes detail on sites identified for new housing, regeneration of the town centre, and expected quality of development seeking to deliver the requirements set out in the adopted West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan Part 1, including the delivery of more than 18,000 dwellings and contributing towards the delivery of 28,500 jobs.

The policies for the plan were developed with contributions from residents, businesses and partners who were invited to provide feedback and suggestions during five public consultations held between 2015 and 2020.

Councillor James Hill, Cabinet Member for planning, said: “This is a key document which will help guide delivery of new housing developments across Northampton.

“It was important that we considered  as wide a range of views as possible and responded to the local needs and concerns before presenting the document to the Government - this is why we held five rounds of consultations and made radical changes to the plan based on comments the we received.

“ I want to thank everyone who took the time to contribute and I’m excited about the opportunities this plan lays ahead of us.”

Once the examination is completed, the Planning Inspector will make recommendations which will need to be addressed before the plan can be adopted later this year.

Further information on the examination and relevant updates will be available on the Borough Council's website.