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Have your say on future developments in South Northamptonshire

September 4th, 2017

South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) is urging local residents and businesses to have their say on the future of the district during a 10-week consultation that starts today. Developers will have to consider the council’s Local Plan Part 2 “Preferred Options” document before submitting development proposals for planning permission.

Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environment, says:

“When new development takes place, people can sometimes feel that they did not have a proper chance to comment on or influence this. This is one of those chances and I would urge anyone who cares about the future of South Northants to take part in the consultation.”

As the local planning authority, SNC must prepare and review at regular intervals a Local Plan that includes policies for allocating land for development, areas to be protected from development, and policies used in determining planning applications. The district is already covered by the West Northants Joint Core Strategy (WNJCS), which is the adopted Part 1 Local Plan, and this has given developers a robust set of policies and rules around which to form their proposals for consideration by the council. The Part 2 Local Plan will add more detail to the WNJCS and includes:

  • Planning policies that set out the general criteria against which planning applications should be judged
  • A hierarchy for potential development sites which groups together towns and villages according to their ability to sustain more development
  • Housing policies that allow for the development of new housing to meet identified local and special needs
  • A policy approach to help meet some of the significant shortfall in the delivery of housing within the Northampton Related Development Area
  • Employment policies and proposals for new employment development space including appropriate sites near Towcester and Old Stratford
  • Proposals that all new houses should include charging points for electric cars
  • Safeguarding a route for the A361 Chipping Warden Bypass (required for the construction phases of HS2)

The Plan also seeks to make the most out of local canals and includes protection for the district’s heritage, landscapes and community green spaces.

Have your say

SNC’s consultation enables local people to view and comment on the pre-submission draft of the Local Plan Part 2 document. The plan looks at how the district could develop over the next fifteen years and includes a preferred policy approach. The document covers:

  • Policies for housing development
  • The potential location of new employment sites
  • Policies on town centres and economic development
  • policies on community/leisure development
  • Environmental policies and designations including special landscape areas

Where to view and comment on the document

  • Online here
  • Hard copies can be viewed at the five local libraries – Towcester, Brackley, Roade, Middleton Cheney and Deanshanger. (Click here to view exact locations and opening times.)

There will also be public exhibitions at the following venues:

  • 27/09/2017 16:00 – 20:00 Bugbrooke Village Hall
  • 02/10/2017 16:00 – 20:00 Towcester, The Forum
  • 04/10/2017 14:00 – 18:00 Brackley Library
  • 10/10/2017 16:00 – 20:00 Roade Village Hall
  • 12/10/2017 16:00 – 20:00 Deanshanger Community Centre

All responses to the consultation must be received by 12:00 noon on Friday November 10, 2017.

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