The new Local Plan Part 1, the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS) 2011-2031, was adopted on 14 July 2016. Alongside the adoption of the new JCS, Natural England (supported by the JCS Inspector’s Report) requires that a mitigation strategy must now be put into place to meet the requirements of The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (SI 2010 No 490; the 2010 Habitat Regulations), as amended.
In order to adopt the mitigation strategy as a statutory local development document, it was decided that the most appropriate approach would be to adopt this as an addendum to the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPD. This addendum was adopted by the Planning Policy Committee on 21 November 2016 (Agenda Item 7).
The full SPD which includes the addendum can be viewed below
The extent of the mitigation strategy is defined by a 3km buffer around the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA, and will apply to all new residential development within this buffer, where a net gain in new dwellings is achieved. A 3km buffer around the Upper Nene Gravel Pits Special Protection Area encompasses a large area in the south of East Northamptonshire. Affected parishes include all, or some of the following:
|Chelveston cum Caldecott||Ringstead|
|Higham Ferrers||Thorpe Achurch|
These can be viewed on a map;