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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).

The Planning Inspectorate have produced a Procedure Guide for Local Plan Examinations which provides detailed practical advice and a short guide aimed at those participating in a local plan examination for the first time.


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Main Modifications Consultation

The Council will be consulting on the proposed Main Modifications to the East Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2 and on proposed changes to the Policies Map from Friday 10th March 2023.

Following the Examination hearing sessions, a number of changes are proposed to the East Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2 – Pre-Submission Draft which are necessary to make the Plan sound. These are proposed without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusions which will take account of all the representations submitted in response to this consultation.

The changes are available to view in the schedules below:

This consultation is only about the Main Modifications and changes to the Policies Map. It is not an opportunity to make comments on other aspects of the plan or to reiterate previous representations, as these have already been considered as part of the Examination process.

Reviews of the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessments have been carried out to assess the proposed modifications to the Plan:

Representations are invited on the proposed Main Modifications, the proposed changes to the Policies Map and on the Sustainability Appraisal Report Addendum and Habitat Regulations Assessment Addendum as accompanying new evidence but not on any other aspect of the plan.  

The consultation runs for six weeks from Friday 10th March 2023 to midnight on Friday 21st April 2023.

Representations can be made from Friday 10th March 2023 on the Council’s on-line consultation portal at:

This is the Council’s preferred method for receiving responses. Alternatively representations can be made in writing and e-mailed to or by post to North Northamptonshire Council, Planning Policy, East Northamptonshire House, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Kettering NN14 4LZ.

Please make clear from the schedule references which proposed change(s) you are referring to.

All representations must be received by midnight on Friday 21st April 2023.

All representations received will be provided to the planning inspector and will be published on the website. For details of how we treat your data, please see our Privacy Notice:

In addition to the schedule of proposed Main Modifications and the schedule of proposed changes to the Policies Map, the Council has also prepared a schedule of Additional Modifications. The Additional Modifications are minor corrections and changes which do not materially affect the soundness of the plan. The Additional Modifications will not be considered by the Inspector and are provided for information purposes only.

The Council has prepared a track-changed version of the Plan, which illustrates how the proposed Main Modifications will be incorporated into the Plan. The track-changed version of the Plan has been published for reference purposes only to support the public consultation on the Main Modifications. Should there be any discrepancy between the tracked-change version of the plan and the MM Schedules, it is the latter which takes precedence.

The track-changed version of the Plan is available through the following link

Background Information

The Regulation 19 consultation version of the Local Plan Part 2 (February 2021)

 is available here.

The Hearing Sessions concluded on Thursday 5th May 2022. The Programme details the sessions which took place and the participants. The Inspector has now submitted her Post Hearings Letter to the Council. The Council will now consider the content and will work towards completing a schedule of Main Modifications ahead of a consultation.

During the hearings a number of Action Points were discussed, the Council are now tasked with supplying the Inspector with the work requested who will then consider before deciding on the next steps for the Examination process.

The Inspector

The Secretary of State has appointed Planning Inspector Caroline Mulloy BSc (Hons) DipTP 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 have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process. 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


Hearing Sessions and Timetable

Hearing Sessions concluded on Thursday 5th May. The Programme details the sessions which took place and the participants.

Agendas for the Hearing Sessions were produced as follows:

Written Statements

The following Written Statements were received in response to the inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions:

Matter 1: Legal and Procedural Requirements

Matter 2: Spatial Strategy

Matter 3: Delivering the Housing Requirement

Matter 4: Housing Allocations in Oundle

Matter 5: Housing Allocations in Rushden and Higham Ferrers

Matter 6: Delivering the Sustainable Urban Extension at Rushden East

Matter 7: Meeting Housing Needs

Matter 8: Employment

Matter 9: Town Centres

Matter 10: Town Strategies

Matter 11: Social Capital

Matter 12: Natural Capital

Matter 13: Infrastructure & Viability

Matter 14: Monitoring & Implementation

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 documents:

Index of 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.