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Prioritising applications to improve your service

Due to high caseloads and unforeseen staff shortages within the planning service, planning applications are taking longer to process than normal.

We are prioritising filling these vacant posts in order to improve our service. In the meantime we apologise for any delays you may experience while we work hard to process applications in time order. 

Planning Backlog Focus Week

During week commencing 15 August the Planning Team will be unavailable as we work hard to process as many applications as possible. The service will be unable to respond to non-urgent emails and phone calls during this time.

We will endeavour to respond to all enquiries from week commencing 22 August and thank you for your patience during this time.

Strategic planning and West Northamptonshire policies

West Northamptonshire Council approved a new Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan on 14 September 2021. This SCI sets out how the council will engage stakeholders and the public in the production of the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan.

An LDS sets out and timetables the key planning policy documents that the council will prepare to plan for development in the area. A revised LDS for West Northamptonshire was approved by the Planning Policy Committee on 28 June 2022 and came into effect on 11 July 2022. The LDS sets out the timetable for the preparation of the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan and the remaining stages leading to the adoption of the Northampton Local Plan Part 2.

To support the preparation of the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan an assessment of potential residential and employment sites has been undertaken.

Please note that the inclusion of any site in this assessment does not indicate that it will be allocated or successfully obtain planning permission. This is a technical evidence base document that will be used to inform the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan. If you require more detailed electronic versions of individual maps please contact [email protected].

West Northamptonshire Council is preparing a new Strategic Plan for the area. This will replace the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy and guide development in the period up to 2041.

A consultation on spatial options for the Strategic Plan took place between 11 October and 24 December 2021. This was the second stage in preparing the new Plan (after the Issues Consultation in 2019), no decisions have been made yet and the purpose of the consultation was to seek views on a Vision, Spatial Objectives and Development Options at this stage.

We produced a Spatial Options Consultation document which included a series of questions on which views were sought. To find out more about the responses we received to the consultation please see our consultations page.

Information on the west Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy and other West Northamptonshire Policies can be found below:

The preparation and review of Local Plans should be underpinned by up-to-date and relevant evidence to ensure that the policies and proposals are justified. A series of evidence base reports and studies are being prepared to support the preparation of the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan. These will be published here when they are completed.

Climate Change, Renewable and Low Carbon Energy

West Northamptonshire Council contracted consultants LUC, in association with Aether, CAG Consultants, and the Centre for Sustainable Energy to provide Climate Change and Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Evidence for the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan (WNSP).

The purpose of the research was to understand how West Northamptonshire can adapt to future effects from climate change, mitigate these effects and minimise carbon emissions through the use of renewable and low carbon energy. To achieve this aim, the study addressed three principal areas, each of which is the subject of a separate report as follows:

Green Infrastructure and Natural Capital

The Green Infrastructure and Natural Capital Study has been commissioned by West Northamptonshire Council to provide evidence to support the preparation of the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan. The study will be used to inform the policy approach to green infrastructure and natural capital in terms of high-level principles for conservation, enhancement and mitigation. It will also identify any specific green infrastructure and natural capital assets that require a particular policy approach.

Housing and Economic Needs Assessment

To support the preparation of the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan our predecessor Councils commissioned consultants GL Hearn to prepare a Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (HENA) for West Northamptonshire. The HENA assesses future development needs for housing (both market and affordable) and employment across West Northamptonshire over the period 2020-50.

It should be noted that this is a technical evidence base document which will be used to inform the policies which will be set out in the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan. It is not a policy document in itself.

If you require further information on the HENA please email: [email protected].

Landscape Character Assessment

The Environment Partnership (TEP) was commissioned to undertake a full landscape character assessment for the rural areas of South Northamptonshire to the level of individual landscape character areas. The assessment provides a robust evidence base in relation to the key characteristics of the landscape and will inform the policies in the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan. Together with studies previously undertaken for the Daventry and Northampton areas it ensures that there is a consistent assessment of landscape character across the whole of West Northamptonshire. The assessment comprises an introductory report, appendices and individual documents relating to each landscape character area:

Retail and Town Centre Uses

West Northamptonshire Council commissioned Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to prepare a Retail and Town Centre Uses Study. This study provides the robust evidence needed to inform the preparation of the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan and the development of planning policies for retail, leisure and town centre uses.

Why information is on a different website
We are in the process of adding information to this new unitary council website. Some pages will give you a link back to a previous council website to help you find what you need. Read more about the council changes.

Last updated 16 August 2022