North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Examination 2015 - UPDATED 23.06.2016

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Publication of Inspector's Report

The Inspectors report has been published on the 23rd June 2016, further details of which can be found here:

Main Modifications consultation

The North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit published proposed Main Modifications to the Submitted Plan for a six week consultation from Wednesday 3rd February to Wednesday 16th March.
These Proposed changes were set out in a schedule of Proposed Main Modifications which provided the rationale for these changes. For convenience, they were also marked up in a version of the JCS amended by the proposed Main Modifications.

A separate Schedule of Minor Modifications(minor typographic or factual corrections and updates) was also published for consultation. Supporting information to Main Modifications 32 and 44 is provided in examination documents EXAM 8 and EXAM 9.  


Consultation on the proposed Main and Minor Modifications was undertaken between February 3rd and 16th March. Responses were received from 37 respondents. Responses can be viewed here, and a summary of representations has been produced. These representations have now been sent to the Planning Inspector for his consideration as part of the Examination of the JCS.


The Inspector


Planning Inspector; Mr Nigel Payne BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI MCMI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (the JCS).


The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted JCS, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework).  The relevant soundness criteria are whether the JCS is: 1 – positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development); 2 - justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence); 3 – effective (the JCS should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and 4 – consistent with national policy (the JCS should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework). 


The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the JCS as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.


Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit (the JPU) with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the JCS, if such a request is made by the JPU.


Briefing Notes have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.


The Programme Officer


The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, the JPU and Representors.


He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the Examination process. Mr Kemp is the appropriate point of contact for any questions relating to administrative or procedural matters. All statements will also be submitted through him.


Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.


Contact details:


Ian Kemp

16 Cross Furlong


Droitwich Spa




Telephone: 01527 861 711

Mobile: 0772 300 9166




Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable


The Hearing sessions which are part of the overall Examination into the soundness of the JCS will commence on Tuesday 17 November 2015 at 09.45am in the Council Chamber, East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4LZ.

Please note that Highway improvements works will be in effect during the hearing sessions affecting routes into Thrapston. Details of the closure of Nine Arches Bridge and alternative routes can be found here.  


Link to Programme, Matters and Questions 

Written Statements

In response to the Inspector’s Matters and Questions the following further written statements have been received. Including those of the Joint Planning Unit.

Participants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the content of the written statements ahead of the Hearing Sessions as this will assist the discussions.


Written Statements

Statements relating to:

Matter 1:

Matter 2:

Matter 3:

Matter 4:

Matter 5:

Matter 6:

Matter 7 

Matter 8:

Matter 9:

Matter 10:

Matter 11:

Matter 12:

Matter 13:


Matter 14:


In addition to the written statements the JPU have submitted a number of statements of Common Ground with the promoters of the Sustainable Urban Extensions: Links to these can be found here


Key Dates

2nd October 2015 – Deadline for Participation Requests & Confirmations

30th October 2015 – Deadline for Representors Written Statements

10th November 2015 – Deadline for Joint Planning Unit Statements

17th November 2015 – Hearing Sessions Commence

Representations Received


The following representations were received during the Pre-Submission and Focused Changes consultations of the JCS:


Pre Submission Representations:


Focused Change Representations:


Evidence Base Documents


In preparing the JCS the JPU both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed through the link below:


JCS Evidence Base Documents list -Updated 09-06-2016 

Posted : 16/09/2015

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