Development Plan Documents

Local Plan - The Policies

Decisions are made with reference to various policy documents that make up the statutory development plan, together with other policy documents; e.g. national policies.  In combination, these constitute the basis upon which planning applications are determined, or decisions about future infrastructure investment or provision are made.

Local Development Scheme

The current development planning system was introduced in 2004, by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. This legislation required the District Council to produce a project plan/ timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan.  It is required that this project plan/ timetable (known as a Local Development Scheme/ LDS) be reviewed annually.

The updated Local Development Scheme was agreed by the Planning Policy Committee on 30 July 2018.  A summary timetable is set out below, or specific details can be viewed through the relevant Planning Policy Committee report (Agenda Item 5).



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

January – March 2017

Draft Plan consultation

November - December 2018

Publication of Pre-Submission Draft Plan and consultation (Regulation 19)

February - March 2019

Submission of Plan (Regulation 22)

May 2019

Examination of Plan (Regulation 24)

August 2019

Possible modifications to the Plan

September - October 2019

Receipt of Inspectors Report (Regulation 25)

November 2019

Adoption of Plan (Regulation 26)

December 2019

The Adopted Local Plan Part 1

The North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit (JPU) led preparation of the strategic part (Part 1) of the Local Plan.  The Local Plan Part 1, known as the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS) 2011-2031, was adopted on 14 July 2016.

The Adopted Local Plan Part 2

Site specific development plan documents and the policies map, which together form Part 2 of the Local Plan, are prepared by the Planning Policy team. The current Local Plan Part 2 consists of the following development plan documents:

Replacement District-wide Local Plan Part 2

Work is currently being undertaken to produce a new district wide Local Plan Part 2 which will replace policies from the RNOTP and DLP, except in cases where a “made” (adopted) Neighbourhood Plan has already superseded these. This decision was made on 11 April 2016 with full details are available through the following link:

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans are those parts of the statutory development plan whose preparation is led by Town or Parish Councils.  Once formally adopted, Neighbourhood Plans form part of the development plan for the area and will be used alongside the Local Plan to assist in the determination of planning applications. The following Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted or 'Made';

Details of other emerging Neighbourhood Plans are available through the Neighbourhood Planning web page.

Parish by parish index of adopted development plan policies

The emergence of Neighbourhood Planning has enabled more locally distinctive development plan (town or parish level) policies to be developed.  This has, however, led to some fragmentation of policy making; policies that apply to a single parish area, but not elsewhere.

Therefore, a parish by parish list of policies, applicable to each parish, has been prepared.

East Northamptonshire Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents

These provide greater detail on policies in Development Plan Documents.

Minerals and Waste Local Plan

Minerals and Waste Local Plan (Northamptonshire County Council)

Responsibility for minerals and waste planning (plan making and development management) rests with the County Council.  Further details are available through the County Council’s Minerals and Waste Local Plan web page.