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.
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:
- Rural North, Oundle and Thrapton Plan (RNOTP), adopted July 2011 (saved/ retained policies), covering all of the District north of the A14 together with Great Addington, Little Addington, Denford and Woodford Parishes; and
- East Northamptonshire District Local Plan (DLP), adopted November 1996 (a small number of saved/ retained policies), which continue to apply for the predominantly urban southern part of the District not covered by the RNOTP.
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will replace policies from the RNOTP and DLP, except in cases where a “made” (adopted) Neighbourhood Plan has already superseded these.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 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';
- High Ferrers Neighbourhood Plan 2011-2031, "made" (adopted) April 2016
- Chelveston cum Caldecott Neighbourhood Plan 2016-2031, "made" (adopted) July 2017
- Stanwick Neighbourhood Development Plan 2016-2031, "made" (adopted) July 2017
- Raunds Neighbourhood Plan 2011-2031, "made" (adopted) November 2017
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
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.
National Planning Policy
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was adopted on 27 March 2012. Further information about this and other national policies and guidance are available through the link below.
- Local Plan - The Policies (you are here)
- North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit
- Core Spatial Strategy
- National Policies, Communities and Local Government Information
- Statement of Community Involvement
- Replacement District wide Local Plan Part 2
- The Adopted Development Plan - Index of Policies
- Self Build and Custom Build Register
- Open Space and Playing Pitch Strategy