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Important milestone reached in Local Plan for South Northamptonshire

Important milestone reached in Local Plan for South Northamptonshire

People and businesses with an interest in South Northamptonshire have one last chance to have their say on refreshed planning policies which will guide future development in the district.

As the local planning authority South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) must prepare and review a Local Plan which allocates land for development, areas to be protected from development and the policies used to determine planning applications in those areas.Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC's portfolio holder for Planning, said: "Formation of a robust set of guidelines and aspirations for developers is the very best way of making sure we never lose what makes this district special while balancing the need for progress."This submission draft has been years in the making and I'd like to thank everyone who took part in public consultations throughout the process. This final step pulls together those various stages and it is a chance for you to comment on the strength of our Local Plan as a whole."This plan is a Part 2 plan, which sits under the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy which was adopted in 2014 and includes the more strategic policies and allocations.On Wednesday, 19 September SNC's Planning Policy and Regeneration Strategy Committee gave the go ahead to publish the submission draft of Local Plan (Part 2) for comment before it is sent to the Secretary of State for formal Examination and can be used as a framework for planning decisions.The publicity period starts Thursday, 4 October 2018 and ends at midday on Friday, 16 November.The submission draft and supporting documents are available online at, from the SNC office at The Forum in Towcester and at libraries in: Towcester, Brackley, Roade, Deanshanger and Middleton Cheney.This is the final opportunity to comment on the Local Plan Part 2, ahead of formal Examination which is expected to take place during spring 2019.The Local Plan Part 2, once adopted, will replace the 1997 South Northamptonshire Local Plan.For more information see the following document "Procedural Practice in the Examination of Local Plans" available to view at: in events where people can view the consultation material and speak to planning officers will also take place on the following days:
  • Brackley on Monday, 15 October 2018, 3:30pm – 6:30pm, Brackley Town Hall, Market Place, Brackley, Northants, NN13 7AB
  • Bugbrooke on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 3:30pm – 6:30pm at Bugbrooke Community Centre Camp Close, Bugbrooke, Northampton, NN7 3RW.
  • Deanshanger on Thursday, 18 October 2018, 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Deanshanger, Deanshanger Road, Old Stratford, MK19 6NL
  • Roade on Monday, 22 October 2018, 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Roade Village Hall, Bailey Brooks Lane, Roade, Northants, NN7 2LS
  • Towcester on Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 3:30pm – 6:30pm, First Floor Committee Room, South Northamptonshire Council, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6A

Representations made online are the most cost effective, visit: More »

Alternatively you can complete a representation form and return via email to or by post to:Planning Policy Team,South Northamptonshire Council,The Forum, Moat Lane,TowcesterNN12 6AD.Any questions please contact the planning policy team on 01327 322265.For press and media enquiries, contact:Gavin MooreCommunications and marketing executiveSouth Northamptonshire Council01327 322312 » Less

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 12:35 by Deborah Rush

Cogenhoe & Whiston Parish Council announced as Star Council Awards finalist

Cogenhoe & Whiston Parish Council announced as Star Council Awards finalist

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Star Council Awards are the only awards in England to recognise the achievements of local council sector.

The awards celebrate the positive impact of local (parish and town) councils, county associations, councillors and clerks.

The judging panel met on 14 September 2018 to choose this year's finalists to make their decision on who will be crowned the local council sector's community champions of 2018. More »

This year, the Council of the Year award will be decided by a public vote and Cogenhoe & Whiston Parish Council was chosen as one of three finalists for setting up the Village Hopper bus service.

Voting is simple and quick on the NALC website where you can also read more about the nominees. » Less

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:42 by Jeremy Cunnington

Annual update on voter registration underway

Annual update on voter registration underway

Those expecting to be able to vote in planned or unplanned elections are being urged to respond to forms being sent to households in South Northamptonshire.

Every year the annual Electoral Canvass starts with a Household Enquiry Form (HEF). This is to confirm which people in the household are eligible to vote. All eligible voters must respond to this form and they can do so quickly and easily online.Yvonne Rees, Electoral Registration Officer for South Northamptonshire, said: "The world around us is rapidly changing and for most people the only way to make a difference to the way it changes is at the ballot box."Legislation dictates some measures I must take to ensure everyone who is eligible to vote is registered, but people will notice some differences this year intended to make the process more efficient."For example legislation requires the Electoral Registration Officers to send voter registration forms with prepaid envelopes so it doesn't cost anyone to register."However prepaid envelopes only cost money if they are used and voters are being urged to recycle the envelope and register online."And when we send out canvassers to knock on the doors of those who have not responded, they will be equipped with tablet computers rather than having to process paper forms."If you do not reply we have to send reminders which cost a significant amount of tax payer's money."It is important to note that completion of the HEF does not mean someone is registered to vote.Anyone who has moved, turned 18, married or changed their name for any other reason must respond personally to the HEF and they will then be sent an Invitation to Register to vote.Anyone finding that information on the HEF is correct can confirm this quickly and easily by: calling 0800 197 9871, texting security codes printed on their form to 80212, or inputting the codes online at needing to amend the information held about them can do so via

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:06 by Deborah Rush

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