New planning powers are being given to communities in Duston and an area covering Blackthorn, Goldings, Lings and Lumbertubs.
Earlier this month, Guildhall officials agreed a proposal to introduce neighbourhood planning to the areas, which aims to help residents get more involved in decision making in their communities.
Duston Parish Council is responsible for preparing the neighbourhood plan for Duston. The parish council has a very active committee of councillors and residents developing the plan, and has already held two public consultations on improvements people want to see.
Alan Earle, chairman of Duston Parish Council, said: “The neighbourhood plan project has brought parish councillors and volunteers together to help make Duston a great place to live, work and play.
“This is an exciting challenge for the parish council and complements the work we have already undertaken, such as running the community centre.”
In Northampton East, a community group called Growing Together will prepare a neighbourhood plan for Blackthorn, Goldings, Lings and Lumbertubs.
Growing Together is made up people who live or work in the area, and in its early preparation work to develop ideas for the plan, the group has held workshops to find out about issues affecting residents.
For more information about neighbourhood planning in Northampton visit the council’s planning website.