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This page contains the previous updates / downloads etc in chronological order which can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate item in the list.
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** September 2016 Newsletter **

A copy of the September 2016 update newsletter can be downloaded in .pdf format HERE


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** JUNE 2016 UPDATE**


A Village Meeting attended by over 150 residents was held in the church on Tuesday 28th June 2016 to explain the present situation regarding planning applications. The Barwood proposal for Norwood Farm encroaches into the area allocated as Green Space to protect Harpole from the enlarged Northampton.

A letter of objection detailing the concerns raised by both the Parish Council and HAT is available as a download in .doc format


** MAY 2016 CONSULTATION ON
DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN**

The Draft Plan is now being presented for a full 6 week consultation from
27th May to 14th July (Extended from 8th July at request of SNC)

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Please bear in mind that the Neighbourhood Plan deals with the areas of the Parish not decided by the Joint Core Strategy.

Current Planning issues with:
Norwood Farm / Upton
Junction 16
and Northampton West

which were passed in principal as part of the Joint Core Strategy in 2014, are being dealt with separately as detailed planning applications are made by developers.
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A copy of the draft plan is available to view during this period in All Saints Church, Harpole between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm where feedback forms will also be available.
A copy of the draft Plan is also available as a .pdf download HERE

A copy of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Report is available as a .pdf download HERE

A copy of the Representation Form for comments and feedback is available as a .doc download HERE

A copy of frequently asked questions is available as a .doc download HERE

A copy of the latest HAT newsletter is available as a .doc download HERE

Representations can be made to the Parish Clerk:
harpoleparishcouncil@gmail.com

or by post to:
Harpole Parish Clerk, Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH


For background on the Draft Plan:

The 'Neighbourhood Plan' page gives a description of a Neighbourhood Plan, details of the working groups who got together to discuss ideas for the initial plan draft, the consultation strategy and context, and the April 2012 Open Day details including downloads of the original Village Questionnaire and response analysis.

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** NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
27th May to 14th July
6 WEEK CONSULTATION **


In addition to the Newsletter advising of the consultation, statutory consultees were contacted in line with the list provided by SNC, as well as landowners and businesses. A permenent display was also set up in the church and a sign put up outside and signs at the 3 entrances to the village.





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** MAY 2016 OPEN DAY
CONSULTATION ON DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN**

The open days were held at the Old School Hall on Sat 14th and Sun 15th May from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm both days.

Over 100 parishioners attended to offer feedback and comments.

The Draft Plan is now being updated and will be presented for a full 6 week consultation from 27th May to 8th July, and full details of this will be distributed in a newsletter.





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** MAY 2016 UPDATE
CONSULTATION ON DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN**

There will be a consultation open weekend at the Old School Hall on Sat 14th and Sun 15th May from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm both days.

Members of Harpole Parish Council and the Harpole Action Team will be in attendance to help with questions etc.

A copy of the draft plan is available as a .pdf download HERE



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** MARCH 2016 UPDATE **

A copy of the March 2016 update newsletter can be downloaded in .doc format HERE

The application for the Industrial Site at Junction 16 is currently available for comment on the SNC website and can be found at the link below:

http://snc.planning-register.co.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=91871

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** MARCH 2016 JUNCTION 16 UPDATE / OBJECTIONS **

Harpole – Planning Update – March 2016

In the recent newsletter we gave an update on the planning application that has been submitted to South Northants by Hampton Brook for the industrial development at Junction 16 of the M1.

The Parish Council and Harpole Action Team are both submitting detailed responses to the application with a number of challenges to the proposals.
We have also been working with Kislingbury action team on this. As a result we wanted to make it as straight forward and easy as possible for any Harpole residents who want to object to the application to be able to do this.

There is an objection letter - and if you would like to use it please sign it, and add your name and address under your signature. There is a ‘drop off box’ in the village shop that you can put the letter in and they will all be delivered to South Northants on behalf of the residents. The deadline for getting your responses to SNC is 29th March.

A copy of the objection letter for SNC can be downloaded in .doc format HERE

A copy of the submission from the Parish Council can be downloaded in .doc format HERE

A copy of the submission from the HAT can be downloaded in .pdf format HERE


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** TRI PARISH UPDATE
FEBRUARY 2016 **

It was suggested that a colaboration between Harpole, Duston and Harlestone Parish Councils to present a joint approach to the concerns regarding developments in Norwood SUE and Northampton West SUE could be of benefit to us all.
A meeting was therefore arranged to discuss this and minutes of the initial meeting ans subsequent meetings will be available to download on the 'Tri Parish' page.

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** NORWOOD FARM DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
JANUARY 2016 **

Barwood are presenting their proposals at an open day to be held in the St Crispin Social Club, Berrywood Road, Duston on Thursday 28th January from 2pm to 7pm.
We are objecting to the extra housing proposed in the green space provided by the Joint Core Strategy and the moving of the Sandy Lane Relief Road.
The Parish Council have already taken legal advice to protest so if you want your say then be there !!

THIS WILL REPLACE THE OPEN DAY WE WERE EXPECTING THEM TO TO HOLD IN HARPOLE




The letters challenging the Barwood application following Harpole Parish Council's decision to take legal advice, and the response from SNC are hereunder as .doc downloads.

Letter to SNC 18/12/2015
SNC reply
Letter to SNC 03/02/2016


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** Newsletter December 2015 **


Harpole Neighbourhood Plan
More challenges……

Many thanks to all who attended the Open Day in July when we shared thoughts on the issues and potential policies for the Harpole Neighbourhood Plan. Since then there has been a lot going on which we try to summarise in this newsletter.
The agreed Joint Core Strategy includes housing developments at Norwood Farm & Upton(Norwood Farm SUE*) and also opposite St Giles Park (Northampton West SUE*). The developers/planners responsible for a large part of the Norwood Farm SUE (Barwoods) had a meeting with HAT and the parish council in late October, where they presented the work that had been undertaken and the initial plans. Attendees of the meeting were extremely surprised and disappointed to see that the proposals were not in line with the agreed Joint Core Strategy. The most significant violations against the Strategy in the plans shared are

* Not adhering to the using Sandy Lane as the ‘boundary’ to stop coalescence between Harpole and the housing developments, with significant amounts of housing proposed for the west of Sandy Lane

* Areas of land allocated as ‘structural green space’ in the Strategy being used instead for housing developments

* Re-routing of the Sandy Lane Relief Road ( the road to nowhere) away from the route agreed in a planning application in 2008 and across Sandy Lane and into the ‘structural green space’ The map below tries to show what these developments should look like if the developers stick to the Strategy and what they are proposing. The planners/developers left the meeting with a clear understanding that Harpole would not support these changes and would challenge them robustly.

Norwood Proposal



As many of you will know, in October Hampton Brook held an open day with the village to share their plans for the Industrial Development at Junction 16 of the M1 and to get initial feedback from the residents. This proposal is also not fully aligned with the Strategy, in terms of the land it is proposing should be included in the development (112 acres proposed vs 103 acres in the Strategy) and when the full consultation process starts we will make sure this is one of the key responses. We are currently responding to a consultation for the Environmental Impact Assessment work and report and will also make the point in that response. A number of other meetings have been held to try to ensure that we have a full understanding of proposals and that Harpole can respond appropriately. Several meetings were held with South Northants Council who briefed us on the work they have been doing with Daventry District Council, Northampton Borough Council and the developers to produce a ‘Strategic Development framework’ for the residential developments. Once again we were shown proposals and plans that do not align with the Strategy – basically re-enforcing the approach the developers want to take. Separately SNC have briefed us on the progress with their ‘Local Plan’ – which sits between the Strategy and the Neighbourhood Plan. We will need to feedback / input on the topics of number of new houses required, if any, in the village, the village ‘confines’/boundary, and key areas of green space in the village. We have also met with representatives of Harlestone and Duston Parish councils to discuss shared issues and concerns around the proposed housing developments. It is hoped that by working together we will have a stronger voice and arguments to feed into consultation processes.

Next steps We have decided that the Neighbourhood Plan should focus on the two key topics that can actually make a difference if agreed and implemented – Housing and Green Space & Leisure. The work on Housing will also link to, and feed into, the work on this topic in the Local Plan. The work on the Green Space & Leisure will pull together recommendations on how the land allocated as ‘Structural Green Space’ in the Strategy can best be used to ensure it serves its purpose as green space. We will be holding another Open day in February to share the Neighbourhood Plan proposals and get your input, and as we also expect that there will be a number of formal consultations on the planning applications and the Local Plan early in the new year we will try to get the timing right so these can all be done at the same time. If have any questions on please get in touch with a member of HAT or the Parish Council.

December Newsletter available here as a .pdf download


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** J16 Exhibition 3rd November 2015 **

There will be an exhibition held in the Old School Hall, School Lane on Tuesday 3rd November organised by Framptons Planning to present their proposals for the Industrial Development at Junction 16 - known as 'MIDWAY J16' - which was allocated in the Joint Core Strategy. Their team will be there to "answer your questions and welcome feedback"
It will be open from 3.00pm till 8.00pm

Details of the proposals can be found on the Frampton Town Planning website - click here - then follow the M1dway Junction 16, Northampton information links



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** VILLAGE OPEN DAY 5TH JULY 2015 **

The Village Open Day was held on July 5th and was well attended.
For those not able to make it on the day there is still the opportunity to participate and put forward your views on anything you wish to do with the parish, by downloading the following forms and returning them either as documents to any of the Steering Group, or by email as an attachment through this site on any subject.

Natural Assets, Open Space and Countryside
Housing
Traffic and Transport
Employment, Business and Industrial
General comment or suggestion

Minutes etc of what has been discussed at the group meetings and presented for consultation can be found on the "Neighbourhood Plan" page from the menu on the left. These are in the form of downloads (mostly .doc format) under the Group headings.

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** MAY 2015 UPDATE **

The Joint core Strategy has now been approved and so the "Sustainable Urban Extensions" as laid out for the inspection are as shown below.

We are therefore now proceeding with the Neighbourhood Plan for Harpole Parish and are currently engaged in consultation with a view to a
Village Open Day on July 5th
Old School Hall, School Lane. 11am to 3pm
to discuss what the future for the remainder of the parish should be.

The overall consultation strategy is laid out on the "Neighbourhood Plan" page together with further information and downloads.

An overview of the target timetable is available as an .xls Spreadsheet Download
This will obviously be subject to revision as we progress.




Additionally there is to be an industrial park at Junction 16, but now restricted to the south of the A4500 - equivalent to "Phase 1" of the application.


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** MARCH 2015 UPDATE **

IMPORTANT PLANNING NEWS. The revised West Northants Joint Core strategy has now been accepted by the four councils concerned so SNC are proceeding with their own Local Plan and we can move ahead with the Neighbourhood Plan for Harpole. If you would like to see the Inspector's full report click HERE for a .pdf download.

There are three key areas of development in the JCS that have an impact on Harpole which we will now have to accomodate into our Neighbourhood Plan and these are:

- Norwood Farm/Upton Lodge – the final strategy has confirmed that this will now have 3,500 houses instead of the 2,565 originally suggested. This means that the park/ green space behind South View and to the east of Sandy Lane that was previously in the strategy has been removed. The development boundary does extend over Sandy Lane, but the strategy says that the space to the west of Sandy Lane must be used for ‘structural green space’ (country park etc)

- West Northampton urban extension, west of St Giles Park – the inspector rejected suggestions that this development should extended to include 5,400 houses and confirmed that the final strategy will have 2,550 houses on this development. The strategy has also been updated to ensure that the land south of the Nobottle Road is not used for housing, but instead should be the location of the playing fields, allotments, a new primary school and other main green spaces need for the new housing development.

- Industrial development between Jn 16 of the MI and Harpole – the final strategy has significantly reduced the scale of this development, and the development will only be allowed on the south side of the A4500. The final strategy also restricts the scale of buildings that be built on the development.

In addition to the Village itself and it's future, the remaining open areas and surrounding green spaces and views will therefore be the object of Harpole's Neighbourhood Plan. To this end we will shortly be active in seeking out the views of individuals, organisations and businesses and looking for input and assistance with compiling a plan which the whole community can share in.

We have already been in contact with the previous "Street Champions" who were instrumental in the last consultation, and would welcome any new individuals who like to become involved with the process of taking it forward. An overview of the target timetable is available as a Spreadsheet Download. This will obviously be subject to revision as we progress.

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** OCTOBER 2014 UPDATE **

IMPORTANT PLANNING NEWS
The revised West Northants Joint Core strategy has now been published by the councils following the consultation and inputs earlier in the year to the planning inspector.

What does this mean for Harpole?

There are three key areas of development that have an impact on Harpole, and these are:

- Norwood Farm/Upton Lodge – the final strategy has confirmed that this will now have 3,500 houses instead of the 2,565 originally suggested. This means that the park/ green space behind South View and to the east of Sandy Lane that was previously in the strategy has been removed. The development boundary does extend over Sandy Lane, but the strategy says that the space to the west of Sandy Lane must be used for ‘structural green space’ (country park etc)

- West Northampton urban extension, west of St Giles Park – the inspector rejected suggestions that this development should extended to include 5,400 houses and confirmed that the final strategy will have 2,550 houses on this development. The strategy has also been updated to ensure that the land south of the Nobottle Road is not used for housing, but instead should be the location of the playing fields, allotments, a new primary school and other main green spaces need for the new housing development.

- Industrial development between Jn 16 of the MI and Harpole – the final strategy has significantly reduced the scale of this development, and the development will only be allowed on the south side of the A4500. The final strategy also restricts the scale of buildings that be built on the development.

The next steps
- The councils are meeting in December, and it is expected that they will agree to and adopt this final version of the strategy. - Harpole Action Team, on behalf of the Parish Council, will be meeting with SNC to confirm how we now progress with the development of the Harpole Neighbourhood Plan. There will be an update at the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 20th October 2014, at 7.30pm in the Old School Hall. Do come to the meeting. If you would like to see the Inspector's full report this is available HERE as a .pdf download.

If you have any questions please email the HAT website or ask a member of the team.

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** MARCH 2014 SECOND UPDATE **

Members of HAT and the Parish Council attended and spoke at the Examination hearings at Franklins Gardens on:
Wednesday 13th March for Junction 16 Industrial Development, and on
Thursday 14th March when The West Northampton SUE and the Norwood Farm Development were discussed.

The outcome of the Examiners deliberations are expected to be published in July, when we will discover the fate of the village.

It is of note that following the submission of so many responses to the consultation, South Northants Council issued a press release on 17th March part of which reads

" However, SNC has called for improved mitigation to protect the setting of Harpole village if the development is to be supported."

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** MARCH 2014 UPDATE **

Following the open weekend at the Old School Hall which was well attended, and the subsequent endeavour of a number of people to whom we give our thanks, we collected a total of 354 submissions containing 1,379 objection forms which were taken by hand to the WNJPU office.

On Sunday 23rd Feb we organised a last minute gathering to record the effort, and invited the Chronicle and Echo to attend. (Apologies to anyone who would have turned out on a wet day but was not aware it was happening.)

Subsequently we featured on the fromt page on 27th Feb, and with their kind permission a scan of the inside article is shown below:

Chronicle and Echo 27.02.2014

The next stage will be the re-examination by the Inspector, at Franklins Gardens. The hearing sessions are expected to resume on Tuesday 18th March 2014 within the Sturtridge Suite of Northampton Saints Rugby Football Club and will run for several days. Our future will be decided at this hearing.

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** FEBRUARY 2014 UPDATE **

Following the meeting in Daventry on 5th February the WNJPC ratified the flawed decision made on December 16th 2013 where there was a voting irregularity. The decision was again only pushed through by the Chairman's casting vote after the committee were split.
This means that the consultation on the Revisions to the Joint Core Strategy continues. It closes at 5.00pm on 25th February 2014 and submissions must be in before that date.

The Parish Council in conjunction with HAT are holding open days on 8th and 9th of February 2014 at the Old School Hall where completed submission forms to protest at the development and latest information are available.

Copies of the forms are available to download below if you wish:
1. MM70 West Sustainable Extension
2. MM46 Norwood Sustainable Extension
3. MM26 Junction 16
4. MM14 Junction 16


The responses are already filled in so you only need to fill in the personal details sheet and sign and date at the bottom of page 3.
You can either send these direct to West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit, The Guildhall, Saint Giles' Square, Northampton NN1 1DE (to arrive before the deadline)or give them to a member of the Parish Council or Harpole Action Team.

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THIS IS IT !!! JANUARY 2014 UPDATE
Following a meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Committee of the WNJPU on December 16th 2013, it was voted that the new Joint Core Strategy with revisions made since the Public Examination last year will go forward to Public Consultation during January and February 2014.
These revisions were only agreed by the narrowest of margins as at the meeting Northampton Borough Council and Northampton County Council voted against adoption and South Northants County Council and Daventry District Council voted for them. This meant that there was a 6 to 6 tie but the Chairman - Cllr Chris Over of Daventry DC - had a second and casting vote and elected to vote for the amendments.

There are three proposals in the revised Joint Core Strategy (JCS) which will impact Harpole, and these are shown on the map below.
Maps of the individual areas are also shown below:-

Harpole area

1. An extension to the West Northampton SUE
which will add housing on the south of Nobottle Road the the West Northampton SUE.
New West SUE


2. Creating a Norwood Farm SUE
which will add 3,500 dwellings and consist of development all the way from St crispins to Sandy Lane / South View.
Norwood Farm SUE


3. An industrial park to be sited at Junction 16
Barwood Plan




The latest thoughts and updates from the Joint Planning unit can be seen on their website at http://www.westnorthamptonshirejpu.org

and clicking on the
Quick Links / Papers for the 16th December JSPC

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HERE WE GO AGAIN !! NOVEMBER 2013 UPDATE

Following the Inspection of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) the Inspector raised 14 sites - some of which which had previously been discounted - to be reassessed by the authorities presenting the JCS. They will report back to a further Inspection now scheduled for March 18th 2014. In the meantime the JPU Strategic Planning Committee will be meeting on December 16th 2013 to update the strategy which will then go out for consultation in Jan / Feb 2014 at which time we will be able to make comments. Two of the potential changes are of significant interest to the village of Harpole but we will not until the December 16th meeting if they are to be put forward. These are:

1. A massive extension to the West Northampton SUE
which will effectively join Harpole to Giles Park.
Bloor Plan


2. An industrial park to be sited at Junction 16
Barwood Plan


To look at the full context a copy of the information received from the West Northampton Joint Planning Unit in relation to the ongoing work on the Joint Core Strategy following comments from the Independant Inspector is downloadable as a '.doc' file HERE


The latest thoughts and updates from the Joint Planning unit can be seen on their website at http://www.westnorthamptonshirejpu.org

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AUGUST 2013 UPDATE

A copy of the information received from the West Northampton Joint PLanning Unit in relation to the ongoing work on the Joint Core Strategy following comments from the Independant Inspector is downloadable as a '.doc' file HERE


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JULY 2013 UPDATE

A copy of the Questionnaire referred to in the newsletter regarding the proposal for a new Community Centre is downloadable as a '.doc' file HERE

A copy of the letter received from SNC in relation to the ongoing work on the Joint Core Strategy following comments from the Independant Inspector is downloadable as a '.doc' file HERE


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JANUARY 2013 UPDATE

An update on the Joint Core Strategy and it's progress and implication for Harpole is downloadable as a '.doc' file HERE


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SEPTEMBER 2012 UPDATE

There is currently a consultation on the Pre-Submission Joint Core Strategy of the Proposed Changes to the Pre-Submission version.The Parish Council will be making a response on behalf of the village, but anybody can do so if they wish.
To view and download the Schedules of Significant and Minor Proposed Changes to the Pre-Submission Joint Core Strategy and for reference a copy of the Pre-Submission Joint Core Strategy with all the Proposed Changes (both the Significant and Minor) you can go to:

http://ldfconsultation.westnorthamptonshirejpu.org

Three documents in .pdf format to help with understanding this process can be downloaded below. The process is mainly technical and does not give an opportunity to make comments on the basic Joint Core Strategy. The:
"Responses to the changes must relate to legal compliance or ‘soundness’ of the JCS.":

1. Guide to the proposed Changes
2. Representation Form and Guidance Notes
3. Statement of representations proceedure




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APRIL 2012 UPDATE
open day


The Open Day was held as planned on April 29th, and a number of information documents from the displays are now available for download. Please click on the "Neighbourhood Plan" button on the left to access these.
THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED
APRIL 2012 OPEN DAY:
Click on the following to download information files listed

Questionnaire Response Spreadsheet [.xls]
Question Priorities [.doc]
Outline of the Process [.doc]
Original Questionnaire [.doc]
NP newsletter June 2012 [.pdf]


SERVICES HEALTH ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION
POLICE AMENITIES HOUSING EMPLOYMENT



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MARCH 2012 UPDATE

Thanks to all those who completed the questionnaires. The analysis of all those returned has now been completed and there will be an Open Day Exhibition in the Old School Hall on Sunday April 29th from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. where all will be revealed. There will be members of HATs to talk to over coffee and biscuits and a chance to see what other people have said plus the opportunity to add any further comments if you wish.


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NOVEMBER 2011 UPDATE

HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE FUTURE OF HARPOLE.
You will hopefully by now have received the Harpole Neighbourhood Questionnaire which is being delivered to every home in the Parish, and will be collected from you by November 18th. This is an important document, as it will form the basis of a Neighbourhood Plan document, which we are preparing on behalf of the Parish Council. The purpose of the Plan is to be accepted by South Northants Council (SNC) as part of the planning documentation they use in determining future development applications. To this end we are in consultation with SNC and the Parish Council have applied through them to be considered for "FRONTRUNNER" status by the government, which will mean that the bulk of the Neighbourhood Plan will be funded by Central Government. It is expected that plans will be required for all parishes in the country when the Localism Bill goes through it's final stages early in the New Year.

It is therefore essential that we are able to show that we have obtained opinions and views from as broad a range of parishioners as possible, and given everybody the chance to have their say. When the Draft Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared there will be a further chance for everyone to input further ideas and comments through an Village Open Day (or maybe two) before a Proposed Plan is drawn up and submitted to the SNC for acceptance.

There will need to be a Parish Referendum of this plan before it can be accepted finally

Your village needs you so please fill in the form !

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