Plans to build 18,000 homes and create 28,500 jobs in Northampton submitted to government

Housing development plans which could see 18,000 homes built in the town have been submitted to the government

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 6:55 am

The Northampton Local Plan Part Two and its accompanying documents were submitted to the government for independent examination by a planning inspector on Thursday, February 4.

The plans include detail on sites identified for new housing in Northampton, regeneration of the town centre, and expected quality of development looking to deliver the requirements set out in the adopted West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan Part One.

Within the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan Part One is the planned delivery of more than 18,000 homes and the creation of 28,500 jobs.

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The council has set out dozens of sites for development as part of its Local Plan

The submission of the Local Plan Part Two to the Secretary of State for independent examination was agreed by Northampton Borough Council’s full council at its meeting on Monday, January 18.

Councillor James Hill, Cabinet Member for planning, said: “This is a key document which will help guide delivery of new housing developments across Northampton.

“It was important that we considered as wide a range of views as possible and responded to the local needs and concerns before presenting the document to the government - this is why we held five rounds of consultations and made radical changes to the plan based on comments the we received.

“I want to thank everyone who took the time to contribute and I’m excited about the opportunities this plan lays ahead of us.”

The Local Plan Part Two sets out the planning policy framework for Northampton for the next 10 years, containing 44 policies, which will replace the existing saved policies contained in the Northampton Local Plan 1997 and the Central Area Action Plan 2013.

The policies for the plan were developed with contributions from residents, businesses and partners who were invited to provide feedback and suggestions during five public consultations held between 2015 and 2020.

Once the examination is completed, the planning inspector will make recommendations which will need to be addressed before the proposals can be adopted later this year.