The North Northamptonshire Joint Committee has agreed to submit its new Joint Core Strategy to the Government for examination by an independent Inspector.
This is a key stage in the preparation of a new strategic plan for the area covering Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough. It will involve public hearings in the autumn, to allow the Inspector to test whether the plan has been prepared properly in line with national policy and guidance.
Before this happens, the Joint Committee is consulting on some final changes that it wants to make to the plan. These ‘Focused Changes’ seek to address issues raised in response to consultation on the Pre-Submission JCS in January and March 2015, or to otherwise improve the plan. The consultation runs for six weeks from 15 June to 27 July 2015. The consultation and all relevant information (including the form for making representations) can be viewed on the JPU’s web site http://www.nnjpu.org.uk/, the main offices of the district and borough councils, and in North Northamptonshire libraries.
Responses to the Focused Changes, together with all previous representations on the Pre-Submission Plan, will be provided to the Inspector to consider as part of the examination of the Plan.
The Focused Changes don’t change the overall strategy but clarify or refine aspects of the plan. Some of the most significant changes are to:
clarify how the impact of development on internationally important wildlife habitats in the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits will be managed;
refine the policy relating to renewable energy projects including the Kettering Energy Park, to ensure that the full range of impacts are considered;
provide a new policy for the Rothwell North Sustainable Urban Extension, taking forward the principles identified in previous local planning work and in the current planning application.
Cllr Andy Mercer, Chairman of the Joint Committee, explains the importance of this stage in the process: “The Joint Core Strategy is the culmination of many years work. The Joint Committee has considered carefully the feedback from local communities, developers, infrastructure providers and other interested parties at every stage of the process. The Focused Changes are the last ‘tweaks’ to improve the plan before it is submitted for examination. We now need to push on as quickly as possible to complete the process, ensuring that North Northamptonshire has an up-to-date strategic plan in place.”
Please contact the Joint Planning Unit by email email@example.com or by phone 01832 742358 if you have any queries about this consultation.