Development Plan Documents

Replacement District wide Local Plan Part 2

On 11 April 2016, the Council decided to start afresh, with the preparation of a new District-wide Local Plan Part 2.  This will replace remaining policies from the 2011 Rural North, Oundle and Thrapston Plan (RNOTP) and 1996 East Northamptonshire District Local Plan (DLP).

Regulation 18 consultation

The initial stage in preparing the Plan involves consultation with a range of key consultees and stakeholders, in order to assess its scope (the range of themes and topics to be covered).

The process for Plan preparation, including the Local Plan Part 2, is set out in the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.  Consultation under Regulation 18 represents the first (statutory) stage in the process of preparing the Local Plan Part 2.  This specifically represents the “scoping” stage of the Plan process, where the Council is asking key stakeholders what the Plan ought to contain.

The Regulation 18 consultation took place over 6-weeks.  Comments were sought with regard to the following:

  • Regulation 18 consultation document Provides background information regarding the emerging Local Plan Part 2, culminating in a series of questions for respondents, to inform representations.
  • “Call for sites” document The online site submission form provides a continuous mechanism for landowners, developers or other third parties to put forward potential site specific proposals for possible inclusion within the Local Plan and/ or Neighbourhood Plans. The “Call for sites” document sets out what we already know about potential site specific proposals (e.g. locaion, landowner), while allowing further new site specific proposals to be promoted at an early stage in the Local Plan Part 2 process. A map of sites that are already known about is available at the above link.

    It should be noted that, with the exception of existing development plan allocations listed in Table 1 of the “Call for sites” document, the identification of a site in no way implies support by the Council for it to be released for development.

  • Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Sustainability Appraisal is undertaken in parallel with the Local Plan Part 2 preparation process, under the 2004 Environmental Assessment Regulations 11 and 12.  These regulations incorporate the requirements of the European Union Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive.  The Scoping Report is the first stage in the Sustainability Appraisal process; later consultations for the draft Sustainability Appraisal report will be undertaken at each stage in parallel with further consultations for the Local Plan Part 2 itself.
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Preparation of the Local Plan Part 2 must be undertaken in accordance with the 2010 Habitat Regulations 102 and 103.  The Habitat Regulation require an “appropriate assessment” to be undertaken; working with Natural England and the Wildlife Trust to assess the implications of the Local Plan policies or proposals for the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area (SPA)/ Ramsar site situated along the Nene Valley between Irthlingborough/ Wellingborough and Thorpe Waterville within the District.

The relevant consultation documents are as follows:

The Regulation 18 consultation will run from Friday 27 January until Monday, 13 March 2017 inclusive.  Comments should be made, in writing, to: Planning Policy and Conservation, East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Kettering; NN14 4LZ; or by e-mail to planningpolicy@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk, no later than 4:30pm on Monday, 13 March 2017.

The next stages

The Regulation 18 consultation finished on 13 March 2017. Officers are currently reviewing and collating the consultation responses. A feedback report will be prepared, which will then be presented to the Planning Policy Committee (summer 2017).

The Regulation 18 consultation feedback report will inform the development of draft policies and proposals for the Local Plan Part 2.  At all stages it is critical to maintain a clear evidence trail, to demonstrate the evolution of the Local Plan vision, outcomes, policies and proposals as this progresses.

Local Development Scheme

Legislation (Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, as amended) requires the Council to prepare a project plan, known as the “Local Development Scheme”, for preparing the Local Plan (in this case, the District-wide Local Plan Part 2).  Further details are available through the link below or the summary table below.

The updated Local Development Scheme was agreed by the Planning Policy Committee on 20 February.  A summary timetable is set out below, or specific details can be viewed through the above link.

Stage

Timescale

Formal Commencement/Consultation on the scope of the Part 2 Local Plan/Call For Sites, including Issues/Options Consultation  (Regulation 18)

January – March 2017

Publication of Draft Plan and consultation (Regulation 19)

August – October 2017

Submission of Plan (Regulation 22)

February 2018

Examination of Plan (Regulation 24)

Summer 2018

Receipt of Inspectors Report (Regulation 25)

December 2018

Adoption of Plan (Regulation 26)

Spring 2019

 

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