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 Inspector wrote to the Council and provided initial questions (EXAM-05). The Council’s response has now been submitted and comprises of Documents EXAM-09 to EXAM-22. The Inspector will now consider the responses received and will finalise arrangements for the next steps in the Examination process. At this stage, it is anticipated that arrangements will be finalised in early 2022.
From 13 December 2021 the following exam documents were added to the list of submissions:
- EXAM-09 - Council's response to Inspector's initial questions
- EXAM-10 - Neighbourhood Plan policies and relationship to submission Local Plan policies
- EXAM-11 - Council's legal advice letter - Rushden East SUE
- EXAM-12 - Irthlingborough West site plan
- EXAM-13 - Statement of Common Ground with Natural England
- EXAM-14 - Statement of Common Ground with Historic England
- EXAM-15 - Positional Statement with Bellway Homes Limited
- EXAM-16 - Positional Statement with Taylor Wimpey UK Limited and BDW Trading Limited
- EXAM-17 - Schedule of proposed Main Modifications
- EXAM-18 - Schedule of proposed Additional Modifications
- EXAM-19 - Response letter on Behalf of Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd and BDW Trading Ltd
- EXAM-20 - Background Paper 9 - Urban Housing (Update July 2021)
- EXAM-21 - Background Paper 10 - Rural Housing (Update July 2021)
- EXAM-22 - Garden Communities Toolkit
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.
PO Box 241
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
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 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.
|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|
|Crown Estate, The||R19/044||Link|
|David Wilson Homes||R19/052||Link|
|Francis Jackson Homes Ltd||R19/021||Link|
|Glapthorn Parish Council||R19/024||Link|
|Hallam Land Management Limited||R19/016||Link|
|Higham Ferrers Town Council||R19/014||Link|
|Hollins Strategic Land||R19/061||Link|
|Home Builders Federation||R19/023||Link|
|Huntingdonshire District Council||R19/009||Link|
|Landowners of Millers Field||R19/041||Link|
|Lone Star Land Limited||R19/043||Link|
|Ministry of Defence||R19/045||Link|
|Northamptonshire County Council||R19/049||Link|
|Northamptonshire Gardens Trust, The||R19/030||Link|
|Oundle Town Council||R19/025||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|
|Rushden Town Council||R19/054||Link|
|Rutland County Council||R19/013||Link|
|South Kesteven District Council||R19/055||Link|
|Taylor Wimpey UK Limited/ BDW Trading Limited||R19/057||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.
- Local Plan - The Policies
- North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit
- Core Spatial Strategy
- National Policies, Communities and Local Government Information
- Statement of Community Involvement
- East Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2
- The Adopted Development Plan - Index of Policies
- Self Build and Custom Build Register
- Open Space and Playing Pitch Strategy
- Local Development Scheme
- Local Plan Part 2 Additional Site Allocation
- Local Plan Part 2 Additional Sites Consultation (Rushden), October 2020
- Planning Policy Committee - 27th January 2021 Document Links
- Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan Part 2 Consultation - Regulation 19
- East Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2 - Examination (you are here)