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East Northamptonshire Council Local Plan Part 2 Consultation

As many of you will be aware, last year our Neighbourhood Plan failed inspection. Much of it was subsumed into the ENC Local Plan 2, which is now heading towards the same stage, and you may well want to be involved, to either cheer it or jeer it.

Either way, two dates for your diary –

1 – ENC Planning Policy Meeting. Next Wednesday, 27th Jan – starts shortly before 7pm – details of how to access the meeting are at:-

It is likely that your Mayor and other OTC councillors will be speaking at the meeting.

2 – assuming the plan is nodded through on the 27th, it will enter a 6-weeks consultation (Feb 5-March 19th 2021), in accordance with Regulations 19 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended. The Local Plan Part 2 will be assessed by the appointed Planning Inspector. The details and many documents can be found at -

Agendas, reports and minutes | East Northamptonshire Council (

At this stage, you should be able to respond to the plan - In responding, it is necessary to specify whether you support or object to the Local Plan Part 2; as a whole, a particular section, or a specific paragraph or policy. It is also necessary for each representation to specify which of the four "soundness" tests is applicable – these are what the Planning Inspector will be testing it against – is it;

a) Positively prepared – consistent with relevant strategic policies for the area [that is, the Local Plan Part 1; the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy 2011- 2031, adopted July 2016];

b) Justified – an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence;

c) Effective – deliverable over the plan period; and

d) Consistent with national policy – enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Individual representations must be in by 4:00pm on 19th March, but MOST IMPORTANTLY "...unredacted copies of all representations will also be submitted to the Secretary of State with this Plan."

If you want your voice heard on ENC's efforts, just before it is subsumed into North Northants in April 2021, YOU NEED TO GET INVOLVED."

Posted: Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:16 by Emma Baker

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