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Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning activity in the former East Northamptonshire area


Details for the status of each of the Neighbourhood Plans are set out below. You can click on the name of each Plan for further detail.

Summary tables, showing Neighbourhood Plans under preparation and "made" (adopted) Plans (as of April 2021) together with their respective status in development management (determining planning applications), may be viewed through the links below:


  • Barnwell Neighbourhood Development Plan 2011-31 Made on 9th February 2023


  • Brigstock Neighbourhood Development Plan 2011-2031 Made on 21 January 2019 

Barrowden and Wakerley

  • Barrowden and Wakerley Neighbourhood Plan 2016-2036 Made by Rutland County Council on 17 October 2019, and the former East Northamptonshire Council on 9 December 2019

Chelveston cum Caldecott

  • Chelveston cum Caldecott Neighbourhood Plan 2016-2031 Made on 17 July 2017


  • Neighbourhood Area designated 9 May 2016

Deene and Deenethorpe

  • Neighbourhood Area designated 18 May 2015

Duddington with Fineshade

  • Neighbourhood Area designated 23 August 2016


  • Glapthorn Neighbourhood Plan 2016-2031 Made on 30 July 2018

Great Addington

  • Neighbourhood Area designated 8 April 2020


  • Hargrave Neighbourhood Development Plan 2021-2031 was Made on 25 August 2022

Higham Ferrers

  • Higham Ferrers Neighbourhood Plan 2011-2031 Made on 11 April 2016


  • Neighbourhood Area designated 10 December 2014

King's Cliffe

  • King’s Cliffe Neighbourhood Development Plan 2018-2031 Made on 14 October 2019


  • Neighbourhood Area designated 7 January 2021


  • Oundle Neighbourhood Plan Examiner’s Report published 21 December 2019


  • Raunds Neighbourhood Plan 2011-2031 Made on 27 November 2017


  • Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan 2011-2031 was Made on 25 August 2022


  • Rushden Neighbourhood Plan Made on 4 June 2018


  • Stanwick Neighbourhood Development Plan 2016-2031 Made on 17 July 2017


  • An application for the designation of the Thrapston Neighbourhood Plan area was received on 12 May 2022


  • Neighbourhood Area designated 9 May 2019 


  • Warmington Neighbourhood Plan Made on 17 December 2019

The interactive policies map for some of the above Made Neighbourhood Plans can be found here.


Whilst the former East Northamptonshire Council produced a Neighbourhood Planning Protocol detailing what help and guidance the council will provide for communities wishing to develop a neighbourhood plan, this is currently being updated to reflect a more harmonised approach across North Northamptonshire. For those communities wishing to prepare or review a Neighbourhood plan you should therefore contact the Council initially via the following email address:

Timetable of Key Stages

East Northamptonshire Council have produced a timetable highlighting key stages that Town/Parish Councils will need to go through when preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Equalities Impact Assessment (EIA)

Once adopted (or "made"), a Neighbourhood Plan will become part of the statutory development plan for North Northamptonshire. It is essential that all relevant legal requirements arising through the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan are fully met.

Neighbourhood Plans will therefore need to be prepared in accordance with the following legislation

These items of legislation all require a Neighbourhood Plan to be "screened" for SEA, HRA or EIA; i.e. tested to see whether a full assessment is deemed to be necessary in each case. To assist with the process, the former East Northamptonshire Council prepared "model" SEA, HRA and EIA toolkits to screen an emerging Neighbourhood Plan for SEA, HRA or EIA. (Though please note North Northamptonshire Council is currently in the process of updating its guidance as set out above).

It is important that this screening is undertaken as early as possible in the Neighbourhood Planning process. This will enable Neighbourhood Planning groups (Town Council(s), Parish Council(s) or Neighbourhood Forums) to secure timely feedback and to address any issues arising from the screening exercises at an early stage.

If the SEA, HRA or EIA screening indicates that more detailed assessments will be required, it is advised that the responsible body should contact North Northamptonshire Council and/ or their appointed planning consultant. It is likely that a specialist consultant would be needed to undertake the necessary full assessments.

Should you require any further information please email the Council at: