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Neighbourhood Planning

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan

Current Stage

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan "Made"

The Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan 2011-2031 was formally adopted (‘made’) by North Northamptonshire Council's Executive Committee on 25 August 2022.  It now forms a part of the development plan for the area (Parish of Ringstead) and from hereon will be used to assist in the determination of planning applications.

'Making' of the Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan is confirmed by notice, under Regulations 19-20 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended:

The Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan is available below:

Hard copies of the Plan and the Decision Statement confirming the Neighbourhood Plan has been "made" may be viewed at any of the following locations during normal opening hours:

Thrapston Library, High St, Thrapston, NN14 4JJ;

Raunds Library, High Street, Raunds, NN9 6HT;

North Northamptonshire Council, Thrapston Office, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4LZ; and

North Northamptonshire Council, Rushden Office, Newton Road, NN10 0PT.

Previous Stages


A referendum was held to give the residents of Ringstead the chance to vote on whether they accept the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

A referendum relating to the Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan 2011-2031 was held on Thursday, 30 June, 2022

The question asked was:

"Do you want North Northamptonshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Ringstead to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

The Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan received a majority 'Yes' vote in favour of the question, and the Plan was adopted “made” by the Local Planning Authority.

Referendum Documents

The Council published the following documents to support the referendum:

Information Statement

General Statement about the Planning System and Neighbourhood Development Plans

Notice of Referendum

The specified documents referred to are available below:

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan 2011-2031 Referendum Version (May 2022), to include: Parish Polices Map

Examiner's report

Representations submitted to the Independent Examiner (Regulation 16)

Basic Conditions and Compliance Statement

The Parish Council (the Qualifying Body) has similarly published relevant documents, to support the published Referendum Version Plan.  These may be viewed through the Parish Council’s own Neighbourhood Plan web page


Ringstead Neighbourhood Development Plan Independent Examination – Examiner Initial Letter

Mr Chris Collison has been appointed to undertake the Independent Examination of the Ringstead Neighbourhood Development Plan.  The Examiner Initial Letter (link below) will  clarify how he will conduct the examination.

Examiner Initial Letter

The "Regulation 16" Consultation

Submission of the Neighbourhood Plan under Regulation 15 represents the stage where Ringstead Parish Council and the appointed Neighbourhood Planning Group effectively “hands over the baton” for the neighbourhood development plan to the local planning authority.
The Regulation 16 consultation took place from 17 May – 28 June 2021, inclusive, with reference to the “Basic Conditions” that the Neighbourhood Plan needs to meet.  These require that the plan:

  1. Has regard to national policy and guidance from the Secretary of State;
  2. Contributes to sustainable development;
  3. Is in general conformity with the strategic policy of the development plan for the area or any part of that area;
  4. Doesn’t breach or is otherwise compatible with EU obligations – this includes the SEA Directive of 2001/42/EC; and that
  5. The making of the Neighbourhood Plan is not likely to have a significant effect on a European site (as defined in the Conservation of Habitats and Species regulations 2010(d)), either alone or in combination with other plans or projects.

Documentation for the Regulation 16 consultation (consultation forms and other supporting information) were set out below in advance of the start of the consultation (14 May 2021).

If you have any queries regarding the Regulation 16 consultation please email

Regulation 16 Consultation Responses

Consultation under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended took place from 17 May – 28 June 2021 inclusive.  6 responses were received.  The representations may be viewed through the following link:

Regulation 16 Consultation Responses

Submission of the Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan

On 10 February 2021 Ringstead Parish Council wrote to East Northamptonshire Council, to formally submit the Ringstead Neighbourhood Development Plan and supporting documents for examination, in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended.  The submission documents, or ‘plan proposal’, consist of:

  1. A map identifying the area to which the proposed neighbourhood development plan relates [bound within the Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan 2011-2031];
  2. The Consultation Statement;
  3. The proposed neighbourhood development plan [submission version Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan 2011-2031];
  4. A statement (“Basic Conditions Statement”) explaining how the proposed neighbourhood development plan meets the requirements of paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990

To comply with these and other statutory requirements, Ringstead Parish Council has submitted the following documents:

The Parish Council/ Neighbourhood Planning Group have also prepared the necessary Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) reports, respectively required by the The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (SI 2004 No 1633) and The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (SI 2017 No 1012).  The screening opinions are available through the following links:

On 24 February 2021, we wrote to the Parish Council, to confirm that the plan proposal complies with all of the relevant statutory requirements.


Regulation 14 consultation

On 17 July 2020, Ringstead Parish Council published the first draft version of the Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan for consultation, under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended.  The Regulation 14 consultation will run from 17 July – 31 August 2020, inclusive.

Further details of the consultation, including consultation documents, are available from the Parish Council’s web page.

Designation of Neighbourhood Area

On 24 November 2017, East Northamptonshire Council received an application from Ringstead Parish Council for the designation of the whole of the parish area of Ringstead as a Neighbourhood Area, with a view to preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

A map showing the proposed area to be covered by the plan together with a copy of the application that has been submitted can be viewed below.

In accordance with Regulations 5/ 5A of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), the Ringstead Neighbourhood Area was formally designated by East Northamptonshire Council on 4 December 2017 under delegated powers.