The Four Towns Plan Site Specific Development Plan Document was formally launched on 2 November 2012 by way of an initial statutory consultation under Regulations 18 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
It is expected that the Four Towns Plan will define:
- Local spatial development strategies – especially in respect of villages within the Plan area that are not explicitly considered through the emerging North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS)
- Development management policies – if further detail is deemed necessary, over and above policies in the emerging JCS
- Site specific policies – environmental designations, e.g. green infrastructure projects and proposals
- Site specific policies – economic land allocations, e.g. safeguarded employment areas, town centres
- Site specific policies – land allocations for housing and community facilities, e.g. non-strategic housing sites, detailed proposals in respect of strategic development sites.
Consultation for the Four Towns Plan (Regulation 18) finished on 17th December 2012 and responses were considered at the planning policy committee on 13th February 2013.
This initial consultation for the Four Towns Plan also includes an initial "scoping" consultation for Sustainability Appraisal, as required by the European Union "Strategic Environmental Assessment" Directive. This is a requirement of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (Regulations 11 and 12).
This consultation also includes screening/ evaluation of the potential impacts of the Four Towns Plan DPD upon the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area (SPA)/ Ramsar site, which crosses the Plan area. This is a requirement of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (Regulation 102).
- Four Towns Plan - Regulation 18 Consultation (you are here)
- Four Towns Plan: Habitat Regulations Assessment