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Local Planning Issues - April 2022

North Northamptonshire

Local Plans and Strategic Plans updates 

Corby Local Plan Part 2 - Adopted.

Kettering Borough Council Local Plan part 2- Adopted.

East Northants Local Plan - Local Plan Hearing commences 6 April at which CPRE will be represented. 

North Northamptonshire Strategic Plan Scope and Issues was launched on Monday 28 March with an 8 weeks consultation until 23 May.  The consultation can be viewed via the link below.

North Northamptonshire Strategic Plan Scope and Issues Consultation - North Northamptonshire Council - Citizen Space

It is important that Parish Councils are aware of this consultation and engage in respect of issues which may affect their communities.

Referrals/Casework

Priors Hall at Corby - A large housing development with previous outline planning permissions. Zones 2 and 3 are now going ahead.

CPRE action - ongoing monitoring.

Travellers sites at Middleton - There are three applications all at Appeal, two of which now have dates for hearings.

CPRE action - comments to be made to Appeals.

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) are being considered for warehousing sites.  A planning application has now been submitted for the site adjacent to Haldanes Parkway as a hybrid application, with part detailed and part in outline.  There is a strong local campaign group called STAUNCH which CPRE are engaging with.

CPRE action - A detailed response was submitted as an objection to the current application. Monitoring is being carried out in respect of the second site. 

Broiler and Poultry farm south of Rushden - This is a longstanding application that was refused and resubmitted for a large scale poultry farm in open countryside - there is still no date for a decision.

CPRE action - comments made on application by CPRE Northants and CPRE Beds - a decision is awaited. 

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 for submission of a planning application.

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 - a decision is expected in May.

CPRE action - commented on application on non conformity with JCS policy and monitoring outcome.

Commercial Campsite near Cottingham - Application submitted with a good landscaping plan.

CPRE action – monitoring.

Lagoon in the Welland Valley - Application submitted for a lagoon to support an anaerobic digester at another site in the valley. 

CPRE action - additional information requested.

Monitoring for Appeals - Several applications which were refused over the past six months are being monitored for Appeals.

West Northamptonshire

Local Plans and Strategic Plans updates

South Northants Local Plan – adopted. 

Northampton Borough Local Plan - The Inspector’s comments have been received and the Council are preparing modifications.

 

Daventry Local Plan - adopted. 

West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan - Spatial Options Consultation. The public consultation closed on 24 December and the next stage is awaited.

CPRE action - Following the CPRE response, details of the next stage are awaited.

Referrals/Casework

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 is still awaited for the Blakesley Hill site.

CPRE action - responses made to planning applications and Appeal outcome awaited.

Towcester Application (Local Plan site AL3) - 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.

Sadly this application has now been approved by West Northants main Planning Committee by 5 votes to 4.

CPRE action - since the approval has been granted the Towcester Action Group along with CPRE has called for a review of all the other allocated employment sites.  

Towcester DHL application  (Local Plan site AL1) -  A hybrid planning application with predominantly B8 warehousing has been submitted by DHL.  They have also applied to develop the adjacent site, which will result in a combined 32h site, the establishment of which would completely ruin the historic character of Towcester.

CPRE action - A robust rejection of the development has been submitted by CPRE.

Shacks Barn/Podium Park application, A43 Whittlebury - A planning application was applied for, which, although in the SNC Local Plan, is also for a significant proportion of B8 warehousing. The SNC/WN planning case officer requested a traffic modelling report over a year ago and to date has still not received one from the applicant, IM Properties.

CPRE action - A submission by CPRE is imminent. This application, combined with the DHL application, the Tiffield Lane hybrid application on the A43 and the Woolgrowers/Tove Roundabout application are being monitored together, as they will create a potentially significant long-term negative impact on Towcester as an important historic market town.

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 against the development were 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 was submitted.

CPRE action - response made to the application which has now been refused.

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 made to planning application - now monitoring outcome. 

Application for 700 houses on land adjacent to Halse Road Brackley - This land is not allocated in the Development Plan and is outside the Brackley SUE area and therefore is in the open countryside - a decision is expected in June.

CPRE action - response made to application - now awaiting outcome. 

Holly Lodge Drive Boughton - Application for 65 houses in open countryside.  No decision has been made.

CPRE response - comments made on the application and the outcome is awaited.

New School at Moulton - New secondary school proposed within green wedge between Moulton village and Northampton. No decision has been made.

CPRE action - comments made to the application and the outcome is awaited.

Solar Farms - Currently there are several applications in West Northants. 

CPRE action - Responses made and applications being monitored.

Dairy Farm Upper Stowe - Following the unauthorised use of farm buildings for storage/ distribution use a planning application was refused and an Appeal has now been lodged.

CPRE action - responding to the Appeal.

Land north of Banbury - An Environmental Impact Assessment application has been made on a site which is partially in Cherwell District and has been refused once at Appeal for employment use.

CPRE action - to liaise with CPRE Oxfordshire and await a full planning application. 

Regional Planning Issues

 

Oxford Cambridge Arc Proposals - Spatial Framework Response

A CPRE Northamptonshire response was prepared by the Technical Secretaries group and submitted.  A government response is now awaited. Various rumours are circulating that the government is less enthusiastic about the proposals.

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!   

 

Summary CPRE response to Planning white paper and proposals, 2020

 

White paper: Planning for the Future