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East Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2 - Examination

Local Plan Examination 2021

The East Northamptonshire Local Plan completed consultation under Regulation 19 of the Town and County Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 on 19 March 2021. On 29 March 2021 it was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for independent examination, in accordance with (Regulation 22).


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The Inspector has written to the Council and provided initial questions (EXAM-05). The Council’s response will be provided in due course. Once received, the Inspector will then decide on the appropriate next steps for the Examination process.

The Inspector

The Secretary of State has appointed Planning Inspector Elaine Worthington MTP MUED MRTPI to undertake an independent Examination into the soundness and legal compliance of the East Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2. The Examination commenced upon submission of the Plan and will conclude upon the submission of the Inspector’s Report. 

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (the Framework).  The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is: 

Positively prepared (providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that any unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development);  –

Justified (an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence);  

Effective (deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground); and  

Consistent with national policy (enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).  

The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Regulation 19 Plan as far as they relate to soundness and legal compliance considerations. A number of informal debates are likely to take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.

At the end of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.

Guidance Notes will be prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process and will be available here in due course. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist. 

The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, Council and Representors. 

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements will also be submitted through him.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

Contact details:

Ian Kemp
PO Box 241

Mobile: 0772 300 9166

Email: idkemp@icloud.com

Mr Kemp will be contacting all Representors with details of the Examination process in due course. 

Hearing Sessions and Timetable

A Programme for the Hearing Sessions together with further information will appear here once finalised. 

Evidence Base Documents

In preparing the Plan the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. 
The Local Plan Part 2 and accompanying statutory submission documents may be downloaded through the following links:

East Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2 

Sustainability Appraisal

Habitat Regulations Assessment

Equalities Impact Assessment

Health Impact Assessment

Local Development Scheme

Index of Submission Documents

Other supporting documentation (evidence base, related policies etc) is available to download through the Index of submission documents. Updates to the submission document index will be added as required. The following additions have been made since submission of the plan, and have now been added to the Index of Submission documents.

Regulation 19 Consultation Representations

At the close of the Regulation 19 consultation the Council received responses from 61 organisations and individuals, raising approximately 350 representations, which were recorded as duly made.

Spreadsheets containing summaries and the Council’s responses to each of the representations received, are available through the following links:

Redacted copies of original representations received, in full, are available to download through the following table.

Consultee Reference Number Representation
Individual 1 R19/001 Link
Individual 2 R19/003 Link
Individual 3 R19/004 Link
Individual 4 R19/005 Link
Individual 5 R19/006 Link
Individual 6 R19/007 Link
Individual 7 R19/008 Link
Individual 8 R19/010 Link
Individual 9 R19/012 Link
Individual 10 R19/018 Link
Individual 11 R19/032 Link
Individual 12 R19/038 Link
Anglian Water Services R19/022 Link
Ashfield Land Development R19/019 Link
Bellway Homes Ltd R19/026 Link
British Horse Society R19/034 Link
Brown & Co R19/059 Link
CC Town Planning R19/046 Link
Chelveston-cum-Caldecott Parish Council R19/002 Link
CLH Pipeline Systems Ltd R19/035 Link
Corporation of Oundle School, The R19/033 Link
Cotterstock Parish Meeting R19/011 Link
Countryside Properties R19/036 Link
CPRE R19/037 Link
Crown Estate, The R19/044 Link
David Wilson Homes R19/052 Link
Francis Jackson Homes Ltd R19/021 Link
Gladman R19/056 Link
Glapthorn Parish Council R19/024 Link
Hallam Land Management Limited R19/016 Link
Higham Ferrers Town Council R19/014 Link
Highways England R19/060 Link
Historic England R19/0396 Link
Hollins Strategic Land R19/061 Link
Home Builders Federation R19/023 Link
Huntingdonshire District Council R19/009 Link
IM Properties R19/040 Link
Lagan Homes R19/042 Link
Landowners of Millers Field R19/041 Link
Lone Star Land Limited R19/043 Link
Ministry of Defence R19/045 Link
National Grid R19/047 Link
National Trust R19/027 Link
Natural England R19/048 Link
Northamptonshire County Council R19/049 Link
Northamptonshire Gardens Trust, The R19/030 Link
Oundle School R19/028 Link
Oundle Town Council R19/025 Link
Persimmon Homes R19/050 Link
Pilton, Stoke Doyle, and Wadenhoe Parish Council R19/051 Link
Retirement Housing Consortium, The R19/029 Link
Rose and Sons Ltd R19/031 Link
Rula Homes R19/053 Link
Rushden Town Council R19/054 Link
Rutland County Council R19/013 Link
Sport England R19/020 Link
South Kesteven District Council R19/055 Link
Taylor Wimpey UK Limited/ BDW Trading Limited R19/057 Link
Vistry Homes R19/058 Link
Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire, The R19/017 Link
William Davis Ltd R19/015 Link

Please note that this page is evolving.  Further documents will be added to this over the coming weeks and months, as the examination in public (which started upon submission of the Plan) progresses.