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.  

The Local Plan Regulation 18 Draft (2024) and Supporting Documents  

The following documents will be made available by West Northamptonshire Council for Inspection:  

·        West Northamptonshire Local Plan Regulation 18 Draft (2024)  

·        Policies Map (2024)  

·        Sustainability Appraisal (2024)  

·        Habitat Regulations Assessment (2024)  

·        Statement of Consultation (Regulation 18 Statement) (2024)  

·        Evidence Base Studies, and  

·        Background Papers  

These documents will be available online and at the locations listed below. Other supporting documents are also available via the Council’s website

Subject Matter  

The West Northamptonshire Local Plan Regulation 18 Draft (2024) outlines a spatial vision and objectives for the sustainable development of West Northamptonshire covering the period 2023 to 2041. It allocates housing and employment development sites and contains policies against which planning applications will be considered. When adopted, the Local Plan will replace the replace the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy and the Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire Local Plans. 

The Policies Map accompanying the plan sets out the areas to which specific local plan policies and land designations apply.  

The Statement of Consultation sets out a summary of comments received at previous consultations, and how these have been taken into account during preparation of the Local Plan. The Sustainability Appraisal weighs up the social, environmental and economic effects of the Local Plan. In addition to this a broad range of supporting documents have been produced to provide an evidence base informing the Local Plan including the Habitat Regulations Assessment. 

Location and Times at which the Documents are Available for Inspection  

All consultation documents as set out above will be available for inspection online on West Northamptonshire Council’s website.

Paper copies of the plan, policies map, Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment will also be available for inspection during opening times at the following Council Offices: 

The Guildhall, St Giles’ Street,  Northampton, NN1 1DE 

The Abbey Centre, St Johns Square, Daventry, NN11 4XG 

The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD 

In addition, copies will also be available in all of the libraries within West Northamptonshire (opening times are available on the website

If you require any further information, please contact the Planning Policy team at:  

·      Email: localplan@westnorthants.gov.uk 

·      Tel: 0300 126 7000  

·       Post:

FAO Planning Policy Team 

West Northamptonshire Council 

The Guildhall St Giles’ Street 


NN1 1DE       

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