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Northamptonshire NN12 6BS

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WNC Consultation: Local Plan Employment Allocations (6th July - 18th August 2022)

WNC Consultation: Local Plan Employment Allocations (6th July - 18th August 2022)

Residents are being asked to help shape extra guidance for land allocated for commercial development in the south Northamptonshire area.

Members of West Northamptonshire Council's (WNC) Planning Policy Committee recently approved plans to seek people's views on a new draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for employment land allocations in the area, which would sit alongside the South Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2 to help inform decision-making on planning applications.

The draft SPD aims to provide greater detail and certainty to the public and developers by setting out overarching design principles for the future development of the employment sites identified in the Local Plan, including guidance relating to size, scale and density of buildings.

A six-week public consultation on the SPD opened on Thursday, 7 July, with residents encouraged to attend drop-in sessions taking place in Towcester and Old Stratford next week.

People have until midnight on Thursday, 18 August to give their views – to take part, visit the consultation hub on the Council's website or view the draft documents at the WNC offices and library in Towcester, as well as libraries in Brackley, Deanshanger and Roade.

Cllr Rebecca Breese, WNC's Cabinet Member for strategic planning, built environment and rural affairs, said: "It's important that we have effective planning policies in place which support our goals to boost our local economy by bringing new employment opportunities into the area.

"Our policies must be underpinned by clear and robust guidance for both local residents and developers to ensure future development of these sites is appropriate in size, scale and density, and this Supplementary Planning Document aims to do just that.

"I would urge everyone with knowledge of this area to get involved in this consultation to help shape guidance that will inform our future decision-making on these issues."

As well as being able to view the SPD documents online, residents can view them at the WNC offices and the library at The Forum, Moat Lane in Towcester NN12 6AD, and libraries in Brackley, Deanshanger and Roade.

The consultation can be viewed on online at: https://westnorthants.citizenspace.com

The Council will also be holding two drop in events where members of the public can consider consultation material and ask questions in relation to the SPD. These will be held on:

Wednesday 13th July (2-6pm) – The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester

Thursday 14th July (2-6pm) – The Memorial Hall, Deanshanger Road, Old Stratford

How to comment

Online:https://westnorthants.citizenspace.com

By email: Please mark emails with the name of the document being commented upon and send them to: localplanconsultation.snc@westnorthants.gov.uk

By letter: Please mark letters with the name of the document being commented upon and post them to the address below.

Planning Policy Team
South Northamptonshire Council
The Forum
Moat Lane
Towcester
NN12 6AD

Your representation must reach WNC by midnight on 18 August 2022. Please note that any representations may be accompanied by a request to be notified at a specific address of the adoption of the Employment Allocations Supplementary Planning Document.

All comments and views received on the document will be made available to the public.

What will happen to your comments?

All representations received on the document will be carefully considered by the Council in the finalisation of the Supplementary Planning Document.

Should you encounter any difficulty in accessing the documents online please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01327 322265 or at localplanconsultation.snc@westnorthants.gov.uk

Posted: Wed, 06 Jul 2022 14:49 by Lizzi Bucklow-Holt

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