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:
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.
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:
There will also be public exhibitions at the following venues:
All responses to the consultation must be received by 12:00 noon on Friday November 10, 2017.