Chance to comment on the strategic plan for North Northamptonshire

The North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit has published the Pre-Submission Joint Core Strategy (JCS) for a six-week consultation.

The consultation runs from January 26th to 5.00 pm on Monday March 9th. The Joint Core Strategy and all relevant information can be viewed on the JPU’s web site and the JCS can be viewed in each District and Borough Council reception and in North Northamptonshire Libraries.

The North Northamptonshire JCS is the strategic part of the Local Plans for Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough. It is prepared by the North Northamptonshire Joint Committee, made up of elected representatives from the District, Borough and County Councils, and provides the basis for more detailed plans prepared by the District and Borough Councils and by Neighbourhood Planning Groups.

The JCS outlines the big picture for North Northamptonshire over the period to 2031, including making provision for a minimum 35,000 homes and 31,100 jobs and the necessary supporting infrastructure. The JCS sets out policies to guide this development, including focussing on how the places in North Northamptonshire can be changed for the better.

The amount of growth proposed is less than in previous plans and most of the development sites already have planning permission. The main ‘new’ proposals are for a sustainable urban extension with around 2,500 homes to the East of Rushden, and a number of strategic employment sites.

Councillor Mark Pengelly, Chairman of the North Northamptonshire Joint Committee, said that “the new Joint Core Strategy for North Northamptonshire is the culmination of a number of years’ work and consultation. The Joint Committee has listened carefully to what local people have said and what each of the Councils wants for its area. This last stage of consultation will allow us to move forward to the examination stage and hopefully to adopt the new Plan by the end of the year. This will be a very important document in securing investment into the area and ensuring that planning decisions reflect local aspirations”.

At this Pre-Submission stage, the Joint Planning Unit must seek views on whether the Plan has been properly prepared and satisfies tests of ‘soundness’ set out in national policy. These tests include requirements for the plan to provide an appropriate and deliverable strategy to meet identified development needs in the area.

Following this consultation the Joint Committee will review responses and consider whether modifications will need to be made to the Plan. The Plan will then be submitted for examination by an Independent Inspector during the summer.


Posted : 26/01/2015

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