WNC : Local Plan Consultation

WNC have published their consultation for their draft local plan – the full notification is below. For a summary and process detail visit here.

The document set is extensive, but the place to start is the Regulation 18 Local Plan document.

This consultation is important as the final local plan will set the primary WNC planning and development policies through to 2041.

WNC says…

“The draft Plan sets out a vision and objectives for the area, its ambitions for new development and commitment to dealing with climate change. The Plan allocates land for housing and employment and contains a series of planning policies for these and many other topics such as leisure, transport, health and wellbeing, infrastructure and the environment, and where development can and cannot take place.”

For instance, potential local impacts in the Regulation 18 Local Plan document include a policy related to 2000 houses to be built on the west side of the A43 north of Moulton (page 118-) and a ring/relief road to the north of Northampton (page 255).

Comments have to be submitted by 2 June. At next week’s meeting, the Parish Council will decide the process by which it will respond.

There are public exhibitions to view the draft plan and ask questions. No appointment is necessary.

MoultonMoulton Community Centre, Sandy Hill Ln, Reedings, Moulton, NN3 7AXThursday 18 Aprilbetween 1 and 5pm
DaventryDaventry Leisure Centre, Saxon Suite, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FPTuesday 23 Aprilbetween 2 and 6pm
WoottonWootton Community Centre, Curtlee Hill, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6EDThursday 25 Aprilbetween 2 and 7pm
BrackleyThe Old Fire Station Community Room, High Street, Brackley NN13 7DWWednesday 1 Maybetween 2 and 5pm
NorthamptonGrosvenor Centre, Gather Unit, 1st Floor, Northampton, NN1 2EWThursday 2 Maybetween 12 and 5pm

West Northamptonshire Local Plan 2041 

Regulation 18 Draft Consultation – April 2024 

Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 Regulation 18.  

West Northamptonshire Council has prepared its new Local Plan, Regulation 18 Draft, which it proposes to consult upon for a period of eight weeks. 

The Local Plan, Regulation 18 Draft (2024) and supporting documents are being made available for public inspection at locations across West Northamptonshire,

 providing people with the opportunity to make representations for consideration as the plan progresses to its next stage. 

Full details of the consultation can be found here.

The eight-week period of public consultation will commence Monday 08 April 2024 and run to 23:59 to Sunday 02 June 2024. Representations received after this time will not be accepted.  

This notice outlines the documents which are available for inspection, their subject matter and the locations where they can be inspected. It also provides information regarding the process of submitting representations.  

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Poppy display for Remembrance : Get knitting

Time on your hands and you love knitting?

We are aiming to have a beautiful poppy display on the Old School Site this year.  Some friends of Holcot have already started knitting poppies and we would welcome contributions from any parishioners.

We are using double knitting in any shade of red.  Middles can be black wool/felt/ buttons.  Crochet contributions too. There are many free patterns available on the internet.

Contributions should be made by 30 September to enable time to make up the display.  If you would like to join in, please contact Rosie Walker….rosie@sunnyoak.co.uk

WNC : funding for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector

WNC are offering funding for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations. Closing date is 26 June.

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations who deliver important services in West Northamptonshire can now apply for grants of up to £15,000 to help West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) deliver its strategic aims and objectives.

This round of the Discretionary Community Funding Grants follows last year’s successful round which saw £323,374 awarded to 33 local VCSE organisations. Interest in the grant scheme is high therefore organisations are encouraged to check the eligibility criteria and submit an application ahead of the deadline.

The grant scheme is open to local registered charities, not-for-profit and VCSE organisations that operate, or are prepared to operate, within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire.

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WNC : Cabinet changes

WNC have made changes to their Cabinet.

A reshuffle of West Northamptonshire Council’s Cabinet is refocusing senior councillors’ responsibilities on the latest priorities and needs of local residents. 

Cllr Adam Brown was elected as new Leader of the Council WNC’s annual meeting last night (Thursday 16 May) who, in turn has appointed Cabinet Members, introducing a series of changes to their portfolios – these are the specific council services that they are responsible for overseeing.

Under the new arrangements, some portfolios have been streamlined to specific service areas, such as housing and highways, enabling the Council to concentrate a greater focus on tackling these issues. Other changes have been made to better align service areas, such as including sustainability within the environment portfolio.

The new Cabinet arrangements are as follows: 

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Parish Council : Exercise of Public Rights

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Each year the Parish Council prepares accounts and various other financial and control-related analyses and documents (collectively often referred to as AGAR – Annual Governance and Accountability Return). These have been published on the Parish Council page in the normal way, along with accounts and other documents.

Also, people have the right to view accounts – the ‘Exercise of public rights’. This year it will run from 3 June until 12 July. Full details including the Summary of Rights are included in the notice here.

Found : Bracelet on Moulton Road

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Keith has found a bracelet.

I have picked up on Sunday a bracelet on Moulton Rd, near Tithe Farm Entrance about 500 yards south, outside of Holcot.

It includes a charm split in half. The charm half has a love heart symbol next to ‘BE’, underneath it has ‘FRI’. Suspect the whole charm 2 halves would read ‘BEST FRIEND’ and therefore quite important to the owner? The bracelet itself is a coloured flexible plastic thin wire loops.

Nearby was a small soft toy.

My Contact : Keith 07748454288.

Action Fraud : WhatsApp Groups

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The Police’s national Action Fraud service is warning of a rise of fraudsters targeting WhatsApp groups.

WhatsApp group chat members are being warned they could be targeted by criminals, as Action Fraud reveals it has received 636 reports from victims of the messaging app this year.

The fraud often begins when a member of the group receives a WhatsApp audio call from the fraudster, pretending or claiming to be another member of the group. This is done to gain the individual’s trust, and often the scammer will use a false profile picture and/or display name, so at first glance it would appear to be a genuine member of the group.

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Citizens Advice : Universal Credit claims

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A message from Citizens Advice offering free help claiming Universal Credit. See this poster or this website (the Leicestershire service applies to Northamptonshire).

Help to Claim is a dedicated service from Citizens Advice. Our service:

  • is free, independent and confidential
  • supports clients start a new Universal Credit claim through to the first full payment
  • helps us identify the right support for each client through individual needs assessment
  • offers interpreters where English is an additional language
  • Our trained advisers can
    • check eligibility
    • support with the completion of the application
    • help prepare for the first JCP appointment

WNC : SEND funding

WNC Children and Young People’s Services are seeking feedback on the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) funding recommendations. This is a final stage of consultation before the WNC SEND funding changes in September 2024.

The details are here – closing date for comments is 2 June.

WNC : consultation for carers

A consultation for carers and their supporters from WNC.

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) are asking for local carers or someone supporting a carer to share their views and feedback on the newly drafted five-year Carer Strategy.

The draft strategy is for all unpaid carers that live in, or care for someone that lives in West Northants, and has been developed together with local carers, ensuring their voices drive forward progress over the next few years to provide the right support and information for them.

Chosen by our local carers, 17 priorities have been identified to focus on improving over the next five years as well as specific measurements to track progress which the Council would like to seek views on. Each priority has a set of actions that will support achieving the priority over the five year period. More details on each of the priorities and how they will be achieved can be found in the strategy.

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WNC : Grants to help develop learning and skills

A message from WNC regarding a new grant scheme:

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) has launched a new grant scheme which aims to support local people to develop their learning and skills and help them get into work.

The Skills for Communities grant scheme is open to community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations that operate, or are prepared to operate, within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire and must be used to provide support to residents aged 16+ who are no longer in full-time education and who would like to develop existing or learn new skills.

Local voluntary and community organisations including registered charities, community interest companies and social enterprises are invited to apply for the grants of between £10,000 and £300,000.

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Annual Parish Meeting 2024

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Thank you everyone who came along to the APM yesterday evening. I hope you agree with me that the speakers did a great job.

The reports mentioned and/or presented during the meeting have been added to the meetings list on the Parish Council page. You will see my report, Cllr Warren’s report, two reports from Northants Police and the financial summary for the year.

The draft minutes will be added once drafted.

David Walker, Chair

WNC : Grants – energy efficiency and clean heating

WNC are promoting grants for energy efficiency and clean heating upgrades.

Low-income off-gas households with an annual income of £36,000 or less across West Northamptonshire are urged to find out if they could access essential funding to help them deliver energy efficiency upgrades and install clean heating systems. 
The funding is made possible through the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 funding bid secured by West Northamptonshire Council (WNC). Responding to feedback and a thorough review of the program, the Department of Energy and Sustainable Net Zero (DESNZ) has increased the household income threshold to £36,000, up from £31,000, to ensure that more families can benefit from this vital initiative.  

The expanded eligibility criteria are anticipated to increase the number of eligible households by approximately 19% nationally within the scheme. This means more families will have access to the support they need to improve energy efficiency, reduce fuel poverty, and contribute to the UK’s Net Zero commitment by 2050. 

WNC is partnered with Agility Eco to be able to offer this scheme to the people of West Northamptonshire this opportunity by arranging and carrying out the improvement assessment and all the retrofit work.  Local installers in each region will guide customers through the application journey, helping them understand and establish eligibility for the scheme.
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WNC : Interested in volunteering at repair cafes?

A message from Emma Parry at WNC regarding volunteering at repair cafes.

From: Emma Parry <Emma.Parry@westnorthants.gov.uk>

Good Morning All

West Northants Council (WNC) plan to host a programme of pop-up repair cafés during June and July within WNC libraries.  They are planned to run between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays. 

The events will be promoted to members of the public who have small broken electrical items e.g., soup maker, hairdryer etc who can bring their item along to see if it can be repaired. 

We are looking for volunteers with suitable skills (and hopefully tools) to come along to the repair cafés to assess and, where possible, repair electrical items brought in by members of the public.

Whilst these events are one-off events, we hope to stimulate interest within local communities for running repair cafés on a regular basis which will help reduce waste and build local community resilience.

Dates and Locations:

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Being a Parish Councillor

You will have seen that Holcot Parish Council has a vacancy for a Councillor. We also expect a second vacancy shortly.

I was asked for further information about the role of a Parish Councillor. The Good Councillor’s Guide is a great place to start.

In Holcot, Councillors are involved in representing and supporting many aspects of the community, from ensuring that the street lighting works, through dealing with West Northants Council highways, planning and other services. Councillors look after the playing field, maintain community communications through the website and newsletter, and help Parishioners deal with specific issues…. and a whole lot more.

Want to help lead Holcot’s response to the Green Hill Solar Farm? Road safety? Local massive housebuilding? Our response to climate change? Please consider becoming a Parish Councillor!

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WNC : Cost of living and mental health support

Information from WNC about cost of living and mental health support.

Please find attached information on our Cost-of-Living Support Hub and NHFT/Mind Northamptonshire’s Mental Health Support Card, we have these available at our offices across the West to collect for distribution:-

  • The Abbey, St John’s Square, Daventry, NN11 4XG
  • Brackley Town Council, 20 High St, Brackley, NN13 7DS
  • The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD
  • The Guildhall One Stop Shop, St Giles Square, Northampton NN1 1DE

For further information please see here Cost of living support | West Northamptonshire Council (westnorthants.gov.uk)

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Green Hill Solar Farm

Holcot Parish Council has been made aware of a project to build a solar farm across several Northamptonshire locations connected to a hub at Grendon. One solar array site is proposed to be on farmland to the south of Holcot. It is early days, but there is now a website with basic information https://greenhillsolar.co.uk/.

The formal consultation regarding the proposals is expected in the Autumn, and subject to national-level approval, construction will be towards the end of the decade. We are engaging with the applicants and will post further information on the website as it becomes available.

New laws around dog fouling and smoking in play areas

Holcot Parish Council have recently received complaints about dog fouling in the village. This is a topic which never really goes away. So in-line with the new laws that go live on Tuesday 3rd October HPC will be investigating getting signs added to lamp posts around the parish to remind everyone of the penalties of both dog fouling and smoking in the playing field. HPC would also like to hear from any volunteers who would be happy to spray any dog poo with fluorescent spray paint to help bring it to everyone’s attention! Hopefully with the changes in the laws and the visual reminders around the parish we can encourage everyone to make Holcot safer and cleaner for our families and friends. To find out how to report a dog fouling incident please click on the link here.

Street harassment is not OK!

Northamptonshire Police has launched the Flare Report App that allows women to report, anonymously and quickly, any incidents or behaviour that make them feel unsafe when they are out and about in Northamptonshire.  Police will collate and analyse the reports made, so that problem areas can be identified and action taken to improve those areas where people feel unsafe.  Flare Report can be downloaded to Apple or Android devices. Please share this news with your friends and family.

The app can be used to report incidents and behaviour that are inappropriate and make people feel unsafe, such as cat calling, comments or touching, street harassment or other threatening behaviour.  Crimes can be reported on FlareReport but not if they need an immediate police response.

“Fix My Street”

Did you know you can easily report damage & obstructions to roads and pavements with just a quick click?! As we are heading into pothole season this tool if perfect for anyone who sees or is impacted by a pothole. However this service can be used for many different issues which could impact the safety of anyone driving or walking around Northamptonshire. It can also be used to report low hanging and dangerous vegetation which could obscure visibility or fall into the road.

If you have anything to report, please don’t hesitate and click here to notify WNC. You can also click on the Street Doctor button on the website Homepage. Here you will find more information about the WNC Highways responsibilities.

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