Have your say on the future strategy for West Northamptonshire

People are being encouraged to give their views on the first stage of shaping a new strategy for the development of West Northamptonshire over the next 30 years.

Published: Thursday, 8th August 2019

South Northamptonshire Council, Daventry District Council, Northampton Borough Council, and Northamptonshire County Council are working together on the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan, which will set out the direction of economic and population growth for the area up to the year 2050.

The new plan will follow on from the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy published five years ago, which needs updating to reflect revised national policies and changing local circumstances.

These include plans for a new West Northamptonshire unitary authority and the area’s location within the Oxford-Cambridge Arc which the government has identified as an area of significant economic potential.

Residents are invited to give their feedback on an ‘Issues Consultation Paper’, an early-stage document which aims to stimulate an initial public debate about what sort of things the new Strategic Plan should consider, such as housing requirements, priorities for economic development and community infrastructure needs.

The consultation runs from 5 August until 11 October 2019 and the Issues paper can be viewed online via the West Northants Joint Planning Unit website, along with a questionnaire to complete.

People will also be able to give their views at a series of public exhibitions in Northampton, Daventry District, Brackley and Towcester during September, where officers from the Joint Planning Unit, which represents the four councils, will be on hand to talk to and answer queries.

Councillor Mike Warren, Chairman of the West Northamptonshire Joint Planning and Infrastructure Programme Board, which is co-ordinating the Plan on behalf of the councils, said: “Since the Joint Core Strategy was adopted five years ago, there have been significant changes to national and local circumstances, meaning its policies on key issues such as future housing requirement and economic growth need to be updated.

“A new Strategic Plan is required to review and update these policies and build upon the vision for the growth of West Northamptonshire over the next 30 years.

“At this early stage we are encouraging people to tell us what they think are the issues facing their local communities in the face of future growth.

“This is by no means the last chance that residents will have to give their feedback, but the responses from this consultation will go a long way in moving our work on the new Plan forward.”

In addition to the WNJPU website, the Strategic Plan and consultation documents can be found at:

  • West Northants Libraries

Copies will be available for viewing in all the local public libraries across West Northamptonshire area from week commencing 12 August. Locations and opening times are available on the county council’s website

  • Council Offices
    Northampton Borough Council, The Guildhall, St Giles’ Square, Northampton NN1 1DE
    Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED
    Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP
    South Northamptonshire Council, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD
  • Public exhibitions
    Towcester, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD - Tuesday, 10 September - 2:00pm-7:00pm
    The Guildhall Northampton (Court Room), St Giles’ Square, NN1 1DE - Wednesday, 11 September - 2:00pm-7:00pm
    Daventry Town Council, New Street, Daventry, NN11 4BT - Monday, 16 September - 2:00pm-7:00pm
    The Guildhall Northampton (Court Room), St Giles’ Square, NN1 1DE - Tuesday, 17 September - 2:00pm-7:00pm
    Naseby Village Hall, Haselbech Road, NN6 6DE - Wednesday, 18 September - 2:00pm-7:00pm
    Brackley Town Hall, High Street, Brackley, NN13 7DS - Thursday, 19 September - 2:00pm-7:00pm