Local Planning Issues - November 2021
Local Plans and Strategic Plans updates
Corby Local Plan Part 2 - Adopted.
Kettering Borough Council Local Plan part 2 - Site specific modifications consultation responses are with the Inspector.
East Northants Local Plan is currently with the Inspector.
North Northamptonshire preparing a Business Plan - no public consultations for strategic plan yet.
Priors Hall at Corby - A large housing development with previous outline planning permissions. Zones 2 and 3 are now going ahead.
CPRE action - watching brief and comments where appropriate.
Travellers’ sites at Middleton - There are three applications for travellers’ sites which were refused and have gone to Appeal. They are all to be heard by the same Inspector in February 2022.
CPRE action - comments to be made to Appeals and a watching brief.
Travellers’ site at Hardwater Crossing near Great Doddington.
CPRE action - watching brief for application.
Land at Titchmarsh - Two areas of agricultural land, one owned by the Peterborough Diocese adjacent to Titchmarsh village and the other adjacent to Haldens Parkway (existing distribution centre adjacent to the A14) currently have had Scoping Opinion applications and the Glebe land developers are now carrying out archaeological investigations with rumours of an early planning application. A strong local action group has been established by local residents called STAUNCH.
CPRE action - monitoring for planning applications or calls for sites in a JCS review.
Applications for housing in Irthlingborough - One application on agricultural land at the edge of the conservation area was recently refused against officer recommendations - an appeal has not yet been lodged. A second application for 8 houses in conservation area, also recently refused, has been resubmitted.
CPRE action - monitoring.
Tresham Village proposals - A planning application is awaited for this new settlement on the old Deene airfield. Extensive consultations took place in 2017/18.
CPRE action – monitoring.
Weekley Hall Woods - An application for development as employment land off Weekley Wood Lane, Kettering. This site was allocated in the Joint Core Strategy in 2011 - outcome awaited.
CPRE action - commented on application on nonconformity with JCS policy and monitoring.
Housing application at Oundle - This is adjacent to the cemetery in Stoke Road with poor access and contrary to emerging neighbourhood plan.
CPRE action – monitoring.
Farm at Thorpe Waterville - Application for change of use to flexible commercial use for existing farm complex - now refused.
CPRE action - commented on the application, monitoring for an appeal.
Solar Farms at Wellingborough - Scoping opinion applications have been received for two solar farms in the Wellingborough area.
CPRE action - monitoring for further applications.
House in Open Countryside near Bozeat - Application for a house at Dungee Corner in open
countryside now refused.
CPRE action - monitoring for appeal.
Commercial Campsite near Cottingham - Application submitted with a good landscaping plan.
CPRE action – monitoring.
Local Plans and Strategic Plans updates
South Northants Local Plan - adopted.
Northampton Borough Local Plan - The final version is now with the Inspector.
West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan - Spatial Options Consultation. Public consultation open from
11 October to 6 December. The consultation is a series of 29 questions some of which relate to specific site allocations of land for development. There is also a call for further sites as part of the exercise. CPRE action - Responses to the questions and land allocations are currently being prepared.
Greens Norton housing applications - Two applications for housing - for 69 and 74 houses in open countryside. Both applications have now been refused. The Blakesley Hill application went to an online Appeal in June, the Mill Lane site also went to Appeal but has been withdrawn. Inspector's decision awaited.
CPRE action - responses made to planning applications and Appeals.
Towcester Applications - Outline application for a large-scale employment park off Tiffield Lane alongside the A43 approach to Towcester. This is included as an allocated site in the Local Plan - however the application does not follow the site-specific policies and could be considered as overdevelopment of the site with detrimental impacts on Easton Neston Park.
CPRE action - An objection has been lodged to the planning application. Outcome awaited.
DHL Consultation Towcester – A consultation by DHL for land adjacent to the A5 has been circulated - this is also on land allocated in the Local Plan and is again for warehousing. An action group has now been established in Towcester to try and overturn some of the Local Plan allocations of land for development in the Towcester area.
CPRE action – monitoring - an application is awaited.
Land at Old Stratford - Concerns have been raised by a local farmer that options have been taken by developers on land around Old Stratford/Cosgrove. The land has been allocated in the Spatial Options Consultation - a local campaign has been launched.
CPRE action - comments will be included in the CPRE response to the spatial options consultation.
Application for 52 houses at Bugbrooke Wharf - This application is in open countryside which represents an important open space between Bugbrooke and Bugbrooke Wharf and has now been refused. A second application has now been submitted and the outcome is awaited.
CPRE action - monitoring outcome.
Application for houses in Bugbrooke conservation area - Proposal for housing in the grounds of Bugbrooke Hall - currently withdrawn.
CPRE action - monitoring for second application.
Application for 450 houses on land off Halse Road Brackley. This land is not allocated in the Development Plan and represents development into the open countryside. A decision is still awaited.
CPRE Action - response to planning application.
Application for 700 houses on land adjacent to Halse Road Brackley. This land is not allocated in redevelopment plan and is outside the Brackley SUE area and therefore is in the open countryside.
CPRE action - response to application.
Loss of hedges and applications to remove hedges
CPRE action - responding to Local Authority within 42 day timescale and possibility of preparing a campaign paper on this issue. A letter was sent to all MPs pointing out anomalies in hedgerow legislation - to date only one response had been received.
Employment land application north of Mercedes, Brixworth - A planning application for employment use on an unallocated site outside the village/urban envelope was refused and has now gone to Appeal.
CPRE action - Inspector decision awaited.
Holly Lodge Drive Boughton - Application for 65 houses in open countryside.
CPRE response - comments to be made on the application.
New School at Moulton - New secondary school proposed within green wedge between Moulton village and Northampton.
CPRE action - responding to application.
Solar Farms - Currently applications at Gayton, Grendon and Greatworth. The application at Grendon is on grade II agricultural land.
CPRE action - Responses made to all applications and outcomes awaited.
Regional Planning Issues
Oxford Cambridge Arc Proposals - Spatial Framework Response
Model answers to the Government's Spatial Framework consultation were circulated to all Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire with a view to drawing their attention to this important consultation. A CPRE Northamptonshire response was prepared by the Technical Secretaries group and has now been submitted. A Government response is awaited.
You can find out more about the Ox-Cam Arc at www.challengethearc.co.uk
National Planning Issues
In August 2020 the government published a white paper Planning for the Future and entered into a consultation process. CPRE was keen to produce a OneCPRE response to the White Paper and engaged its branches, including CPRE Northamptonshire, in the process. Links to CPRE’s response and the White Paper itself are set out below.
Briefly, CPRE believes that Planning for the Future will seriously weaken local democracy and the scope for public input in planning matters. The White Paper proposes that land in England be divided into three zones - ‘growth’, ‘renewal’ and ‘protected’ - and only in the protected zone would the existing system of planning applications for specific schemes remain.
In CPRE’s view the White Paper does not place enough emphasis on the use of brownfield sites over greenfield, nor does it sufficiently recognise the chronic need for affordable housing. CPRE welcomes many of the White Paper proposals on design, but for these to be effective the government needs to do further work to uphold good design through necessary benchmarks, particularly for energy efficiency, internal space standards, and walking and cycling access.
Since our response the government has accepted the need to change those aspects of the White Paper relating to affordable housing. Lobbying can make a difference!