Joint Core Strategy - Proposed Main Modifications

Section 5.0 - Spatial Strategy and Key Diagram

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Modifications proposed as a consequence of the further work requested by the Inspector.

1.    Amend existing Paragraphs 5.21-5.29 and insert new paragraphs  as follows (renumber the subsequent paragraphs); 

2.    Amend the existing Table 1 (see table on Page 35 of this schedule); and

3.    Insert new Tables 2, 3, and 4 (see tables on Pages 36-38 of this schedule) (renumber the subsequent tables).

“5.21 The now revoked East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) sets out a housing provision for West Northamptonshire of 62,125 dwellings to be provided between 2001-2026. Even before the economic downturn in 2008 the RSS targets were challenging. Housing completions compared with the RSS targets were approximately 4,500  6,080 dwellings less than the RSS targets for the period 2001-2010 2011. Furthermore, the RSS target is due to increase increased by 325 per annum from 2011. The current economic situation has rendered the achievement of the RSS housing rates unattainable despite on-going endeavours locally to increase the housing supply. Even the meeting of predicted housing "need" based on the natural increase of the existing population will be extremely challenging, and will be dependent upon the development of new funding and delivery mechanisms nationally. In preparing this Plan it has been assumed that such new funding and delivery mechanisms will come forward, even though at this time it is not possible to say what form they will take.   

5.22     The Joint Core Strategy was submitted Iin this context work has been undertaken and sought  to establish an achievable and reasonable level of housing provision. Full details of the methodology used are were set out in the Housing provision Technical Papers[1]. As a result of this work the housing provision total of 50,153 50,150 dwellings for West Northamptonshire has been  was identified. Of these, 16,369 dwellings were completed to March 2011, compared to a RSS target of 22,450 for the same period.

5.23   The East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy was formally revoked on 12th April 2013, and was replaced with the requirement in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for the plan to meet the Objectively Assessed Housing Needs for its area.

5.24   The Objectively Assessed Housing Need for West Northamptonshire has been determined to be 41,760 dwellings (2011-2029)[2]. For comparison purposes, the 16,370 completed dwellings have been added to give a requirement of 58,130 dwellings (2001-2029).

5.25   Although the reports and the assessment of need has re-based the calculations from the 2011 Census, completions from 2001-2011 are shown in Table 1 below for comprehensiveness.

5.22 Table 1 below sets out the housing requirement by Borough/ District, the housing completions between 2001 and 2011 2010, outstanding planning permissions and approvals in principle at 1 April 2011 2010 and the remaining requirement between 2011 2010 and the end of the Plan period, 2026. Table 1 shows the housing requirement rounded to the nearest 10 dwellings.

5.23    Of the new housing provision requirement of 50,153 50,150 dwellings, 32.6% 31.3% was completed between 2001 and 2011 2010; 26.1% 27.9% is already committed through planning consents, or "Approved in principle" and 42.6% 39.5% remains to be provided – this is shown as the remaining requirement. 

5.24Overall, the annualised housing completion for 2001-2011 2010 was 1,637 1,743 dwellings, and the requirement for the remainder of the Plan period is 2,252 2,154 dwellings per year.

5.25 5.26 Northampton Borough is unable to physically accommodate its own housing needs. This has been identified since January 1992 when the Northamptonshire County Structure Plan Alteration No 1 was approved. This showed 1,000 dwellings to be provided in both Daventry District and South Northamptonshire related to the growth of Northampton. Significant levels of development have continued to be provided for and built within Northampton Borough's administrative area. However, the Borough's housing needs are being, and will increasingly be, met outside its administrative area with the development of Grange Park in South Northamptonshire, the allocation in Daventry District's Adopted Local Plan (now a Saved policy) of North of Whitehills (also known as Buckton Fields), and the planning consents at Wootton Fields Extension and the planning application approved in principle at Norwood Farm in South Northamptonshire district. The housing requirement for Northampton shown in Table 1 above is essentially the minimum housing requirement needed. This means that there is a clear need for Northampton Borough Council and its neighbouring authorities to work together to ensure Northampton's housing needs can be planned and provided in a sustainable way for all. This joint approach is also important as the residents of those areas adjoining Northampton will be largely reliant on Northampton's services placing an extra burden on it. 

5.27     Adjustments have been made to Table 1 above to reflect the wider Northampton area and the construction of Grange Park to meet Northampton’s needs. It is accepted that there is a degree of uncertainty about the scale of the adjustment which should be made in respect of Grange Park, but it is believed that 150 per annum is the maximum adjustment justifiable.  In recognition of this, the wider Northampton[3] need figure should be regarded as a maximum and the South Northamptonshire figure as a minimum. The resulting need figures for the Plan areas are set out in Table 2 below: 

(INSERT NEW TABLE 2, see page 36 of this schedule)

5.28     Of the new housing requirement of 58,130 dwellings, 28.2% was completed between 2001 and 2011, at an annualised rate of 1,637 dwellings per annum. The 41,760 dwellings remaining to be provided over 18 years gives an annualised rate of 2,320.

Proposed Housing Delivery

5.29     Full details of changes since 2011, and the recalculation of the commitments is shown in full in the Housing Technical Paper Second Update, but in summary, housing completions 2011-2013 total 1,712 dwellings (of which 939 were in Northampton,, 530 in South Northamptonshire and 243 in Daventry. The housing trajectory in Appendix 3 takes current market factors into account and seeks to show a rapid increase in housing completions based on existing commitments and the proposed Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs) coming on stream.

5.30     The housing numbers being proposed in this Plan, as shown in Table 3 below, are slightly higher than the need figures presented in Tables 1 and 2 above.  The full objectively assessed need will be met in Daventry (excluding the NRDA), and in the NRDA itself.  The proposed number for South Northamptonshire is a little higher than the need, reflecting the following four matters

  •  There is a substantial supply of sites with consent which are required to fulfill the 5 year land supply until the SUEs come on stream; 
  • The allocated SUEs should not be artificially constrained to meet the “need”; 
  • There are specific sites identified in village masterplans which should be encouraged; and 
  •  Limited small scale developments in the rural areas are expected to continue to provide support to the rural economy.

(INSERT NEW TABLE 3, see page 37 of this schedule)

5.26  5.31 Since Between 2001 and 2011 9,350 9,030 dwellings have been built in Northampton Borough administrative area and at 1 April 2011 2010 a further 9,380 9,190 dwellings had an outstanding planning permission or were approved in principle. Previous Eevidence shows suggested  that a further 1,500 dwellings can could  be provided using previously-developed land and buildings, sometimes referred to as urban capacity. This means that over 20,00018,220 dwellings are already built or identified for development in Northampton Borough. In addition a further 2,963 dwellings have been built since 2001 or have outstanding planning permission or approval in principle at 1 April 2011 2010 in South Northamptonshire District to meet the needs of Northampton. In addition this JCS allocates four Sustainable Urban Extensions within Northampton Borough providing a total of 6,000 6,500 dwellings. In total Northampton Borough can provide 26,200 26,220 dwellings of its total requirement which along with the already built or consented 2,963 dwellings in South Northamptonshire leaves a shortfall of 4,500 dwellings that needs to be provided outside the Borough boundary. This JCS has allocated three Sustainable Urban Extensions adjoining Northampton's urban area but in Daventry and South Northamptonshire Districts to meet this requirement. In recognition of the importance of ensuring that Northampton's housing needs are provided in a sustainable way the extent of the area in which Northampton's housing needs, including affordable housing, will be accommodated is identified in this JCS as the Northampton Related Development Area. 

5.32     Since 2011 a further 939 dwellings have been completed between 2011 and 2013 (all within Northampton Borough); as at April 2013 commitments total 7,594, and the urban capacity to 2029 has been revised to 3,250 dwellings.  In addition a further 2,183 dwellings have been built since 2001 or have outstanding planning permission in South Northamptonshire District to meet the needs of Northampton.  This Joint Core Strategy allocates eight Sustainable Urban Extensions to meet Northampton’s needs, of which 8,000 dwellings are in Northampton, 5,750 are in Daventry District, and 3,100 are in South Northamptonshire. In recognition of the importance of ensuring that Northampton's housing needs are provided in a sustainable way the extent of the area in which Northampton's housing needs, including affordable housing, will be accommodated is identified in this JCS as the Northampton Related Development Area.

5.27 5.33 The Northampton Related Development Area is defined as:

  • the whole of Northampton Borough Council's administrative area; 
  • those neighbouring parts of Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Councils' administrative areas where development 'related to the growth of Northampton' has already been completed or has planning permission or an approval in principle; and 
  • those neighbouring parts of Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Councils' administrative areas that are allocated for Sustainable Urban Extensions. It is recognised that some essential infrastructure, for example parts of the North-West Bypass, will take place outside the Northampton Related Development Area.

5.28 5.34 The Northampton Related Development Area is identified on the Proposals Map, Figure 5 in Section 20 of this JCS. It is also illustrated on Figure 4 in Section 20. Policy S4 sets out the scale of housing development to be provided in the Northampton Related Development Area.

5.35     The Joint Core Strategy makes provision for the following scale of housing provision for Daventry District and South Northamptonshire (both excluding the Northampton Related Development Area) relative to their housing requirements taken from the table above (The NRDA is also shown for completeness).

(INSERT NEW TABLE 4 see page 38 of this schedule)

5.36     The scale of housing provision identified in South Northamptonshire exceeds the figure derived as the objectively assessed housing need for that area (excluding the Northampton Related Development Area by 853 dwellings. Three Sustainable Urban Extensions are identified within South Northamptonshire to provide 3,910 dwellings between 2011 and 2029 to support development being focused on the centres of Towcester and Brackley over the plan period. This, in part, reflects a level of commitments required to provide a five year land supply while growth intended for Towcester and Brackley  is brought forward by this plan. The provision made for the period 2011 to 2029 seeks to fulfill the related objectives of the Strategy over the plan period 

5.295.37  Policy S3 below sets out the scale of housing development to be provided in West Northamptonshire by district and below district level over the Plan period 2001-2026 2029,  including where land in Daventry and South Northamptonshire Districts is contributing to the housing requirements of the Northampton Related Development Area.”

 

[1] Housing Technical Paper (JPU) Feb 2011, and Housing Technical Paper Update (JPU) July 2012

[2]Objectively Assessed Needs (Joint Planning Unit) http://www.westnorthamptonshirejpu.org/connect.ti/website/view?objectId=10698501

[3] Known as the Northampton Related Development Area, discussed further below.

 

 

 

To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed housing needs work, the extension of the plan period to 2029, and the revocation of the RSS.

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Policy S3

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 3 and as a consequence of the further work requested by the Inspector.

Amend Policy S3 as follows:

“PROVISION WILL BE MADE FOR ABOUT 42,620 50,150 NET ADDITIONAL DWELLINGS IN THE PLAN AREA DURING THE PLAN PERIOD 2011 TO 2029 2026.

THIS PROVISION WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN THE BOROUGH AND DISTRICT COUNCILS AS FOLLOWS:

DAVENTRY DISTRICT 11,880 11,900*  ABOUT 12,730 

NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH 26,220 26,200  ABOUT 18,870

SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE DISTRICT 12,050 ABOUT 11,020 

BELOW THE BOROUGH AND DISTRICT LEVEL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE FOLLOWING WAY:

DAVENTRY DISTRICT

DAVENTRY TOWN                                 ABOUT 4,620

DAVENTRY RURAL AREAS                     ABOUT 2,360

NORTHAMPTON RELATED

DEVELOPMENT AREA                              ABOUT 5,750

 

NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH

NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH                   ABOUT 18,870

 

SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

BRACKLEY TOWN                                     ABOUT 2,160

TOWCESTER TOWN                                  ABOUT 2,650

SOUTH NORTHANTS RURAL AREAS         ABOUT 2,360

NORTHAMPTON RELATED

DEVELOPMENT AREA                               ABOUT 3,850

To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed housing needs work and the extension of the plan period to 2029.

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Policy S4

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 3 and as a consequence of the further work requested by the Inspector.

Amend Policy S4 as follows:

PROVISION WILL BE MADE FOR ABOUT 28,470 33,665 33,680 NET ADDITIONAL DWELLINGS WITHIN THE NORTHAMPTON RELATED DEVELOPMENT AREA IN THE PERIOD 2001 2011 

TO 2026 2029. NO FURTHER DEVELOPMENT BEYOND THE NORTHAMPTON RELATED DEVELOPMENT AREA WILL BE PERMITTED IN THE PLAN PERIOD THAT RELATES TO NORTHAMPTON'S HOUSING NEEDS.

NORTHAMPTON’S NEEDS, BOTH HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT, WILL BE MET PRIMARILY WITHIN NORTHAMPTON’S EXISTING URBAN AREA AND AT THE SUSTAINABLE URBAN EXTENSIONS WITHIN THE NORTHAMPTON RELATED DEVELOPMENT AREA BOUNDARY.  ADDITIONAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT TO MEET NORTHAMPTON’S HOUSING NEEDS WILL BE SUPPORTED ONLY IF IT MEETS THE VISION, OBJECTIVES AND POLICIES OF THIS PLAN.

THE NORTHAMPTON RELATED DEVELOPMENT AREA BOUNDARY WILL BE REVIEWED AS PART OF ANY REVIEW OF THE HOUSING REQUIREMENT FOR WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE OR ANY OF ITS CONSTITUENT ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS.

THE NORTHAMPTON RELATED DEVELOPMENT AREA BOUNDARY IS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP (FIGURE 5).”

To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed housing needs work and the extension of the plan period to 2029.

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Paragraph 5.30

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Amend the penultimate sentence of Paragraph 5.30 as follows:

 

“The full list of the 11 12 Sustainable Urban Extensions is set out in Policy S5 below.  The planned amount of housing and employment provision is also set out in Policy S5.”

To accommodate the objectively assessed housing and jobs need to 2029. 

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Policy S5

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Amend the second part of Policy S5 as follows: 

NORTHAMPTON 

  • NORTHAMPTON KINGS HEATH (3,500 3,000 DWELLINGS, 10 HA EMPLOYMENT)
  • NORTHAMPTON NORTH (2,000 3,500 DWELLINGS, 7 HA 10 HA LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES)
  • NORTHAMPTON NORTH OF WHITEHILLS (1,000 DWELLINGS, LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES)
  • NORTHAMPTON SOUTH (1,000 DWELLINGS, LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES)
  • NORTHAMPTON SOUTH OF BRACKMILLS (1,000 1,300 DWELLINGS, LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES)
  • NORTHAMPTON UPTON PARK (1,000 DWELLINGS, LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES)
  • NORTHAMPTON WEST (1,500  2,550 DWELLINGS, LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES)
  • NORTHAMPTON NORWOOD FARM/ UPTON LODGE (3,500 DWELLINGS, LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES)

DAVENTRY

  • DAVENTRY NORTH EAST (2,500 2,000 2,600 DWELLINGS, LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

TOWCESTER

  • TOWCESTER SOUTH (1500 2,100 DWELLINGS, 1,500 JOBS 15.5HA 10.8HA EMPLOYMENT”

To accommodate the objectively assessed housing and jobs need to 2029. 

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New Paragraph, Paragraphs 5.31 and  5.35, and Policy S6

As discussed at the Examination Hearing Session 20.

Delete the final paragraph and tables at the end of Policy S6 and move them into the reasoned justification as follows:

Amend paragraph 5.31 and insert two new paragraphs as follows (renumber the subsequent paragraphs): 

“5.31 Achievement of the housing provision is dependent dependant upon necessary supporting infrastructure coming forward in a timely manner. Again, some of this will be challenging in the current economic climate, and the anticipated phasing has been set out in the housing trajectory for each district and the  Northampton  Related  Development Area below in Policy S6 which will permit this to happen providing the economy improves as the Government expects. The housing trajectory in Appendix 3 of this JCS sets out the phasing of the housing development identified in this Plan on an annual basis over the period 2011 - 2029 2010-2026. The years 2011-2013 reflect the actual completions recorded, and the first 3 to 5 years of the trajectory is heavily biased towards the delivery of currently consented applications while progress is made on bringing forward the SUEs.  Significant progress has been made on this matter with one SUE (Brackley North) now having consent; Northampton North of Whitehills has been Approved In Principle, and a further six SUEs (Towcester South, Northampton South, Upton Lodge, Northampton South of Brackmills; Northampton Kings Heath and Northampton North) all with planning applications currently under consideration. This It is intended that this trajectory will be updated annually as a part of the Authorities Monitoring Report.

5.32  As an aid to the monitoring of the housing development proposed, the table below shows the current expected total housing need and phasing of housing development (to be updated annually in the Authorities Monitoring Report).  Full details of the calculations for these tables can be found in the Housing Technical Paper Second Update.  The figures in the tables are derived directly from the updated Appendix 3 housing trajectory, set out in this Plan.  They are considered to be a more appropriate measure for the 5 year land supply and delivery calculations than a flat rate annualised figure.  In the case of both Daventry (outside the NRDA) and the NRDA itself the shortfall from 2011-2013 against the annualised figures based on objectively assessed need have been re-profiled with the bulk of the shortfall being met during the middle plan period.  The meeting of the shortfall in the first five years is considered to be undeliverable when considered against both the base position and the time required before SUEs start delivering new homes.  In the case of SNC the SUEs are more advanced and there is a larger supply of sites with consent, so the shortfall has been profiled to be met within the first 5 year period.  Although the trajectory will be re-profiled each year, the delivery will always be compared to the base trajectory in Appendix 3. Flexibility exists within the plan and housing trajectory that allows for development to be brought forward to mitigate the impact of delays on individual sites.”

Tables 6A and 6B follow the above new paragraph (sees Table 6A and Table 6B on Page 41 and 42 of this schedule).

“5.33   South Northamptonshire is shown with two figures, one relating to the Objectively Assessed Need figure as described previously in paragraphs 5.31 above, and the other relating to their proposed delivery, which is planned to be higher than their Objectively Assessed Need. In the case of SNC delivery will be measured and reported against both planned delivery and the objectively assessed need. For the purpose of calculating the 5 year land supply, the figures to be used are the NEED Target line, but for the avoidance of doubt, appropriate planning permissions will be granted to meet the planned delivery target set out in Policy S3.”

Add an additional bullet point before the final bullet point of Paragraph 5.35 as follows:

  • “Consider use of local authority compulsory purchase powers under the planning acts; and”

Amend the second bullet point in the second paragraph of Policy S6 as follows:

HOUSING COMPLETIONS BY LOCATION AND TYPE AND THE AVAILABILITY OF LAND FOR HOUSING IN THE FUTURE MEASURED AGAINST THE OBJECTIVELY ASSESSED NEED;

Insert a new third bullet point in the third paragraph of Policy S6 as follows:

CONSIDER THE USE OF COMPULSORY PURCHASE POWERS;

To enable a more flexible approach to monitoring.

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Paragraphs 5.38, 5.40, 5.41,  5.43 and 5.44 

Modifications proposed as a consequence of the further work requested by the Inspector.

Amend Paragraphs 5.38, 5.40, 5.41, 5.43 and 5.44 as follows:

“5.382      The East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS)[East Midlands Regional Plan, March 2009]sets out a 'reference value' for jobs growth of 37,200 jobs for the period from 2001 to 2021. This figure is was to be used for monitoring and review and not as a jobs target. The reference value for jobs was provided to support the level of housing growth as set out in the RSS for the same period and complement regeneration in North Northamptonshire.

5.340       The housing provision of 50,150 59,000 dwellings for the period 2001 to 2026 2029 derived from an objective assessment of housing need for this period is lower than that used to inform  RSS employment forecasts. allows for a more limited housing growth than that suggested in the RSS based on an achievable delivery of housing within the plan period. The housing provision accounts largely for the natural growth of the existing resident population. As a consequence the economically active element of the population will not be as extensive less as anticipated if the compared to the full delivery of an alternative RSS based level of growth the RSS housing requirement be delivered. With a reduced housing provision the labour force associated with the population to 2026 2029 will be reduced and consequently the number of jobs required will be reduced from the RSS reference value.

5.3541 In order to maintain a broad balance between the provision of homes and jobs a new level of jobs increase has been calculated based on the basis of the level of population increase and the its likely profile based on the outputs from an objective assessment of need.of that population the details of which are included Assumptions surrounding job creation as set out in a the Updated Employment Technical Paper (June 2012) entitled 'Labour Force and Job Numbers for West Northamptonshire' remain valid but where necessary have been reviewed and revised in the Employment Technical Paper Second Update (December 2013) to address the objective assessment of need and new information such as that from the 2011 Census. The paper identifies a A jobs reference value of 169,000 28,500 net new jobs to be delivered across the West Northamptonshire area has been identified for the period 2010 2008 to 2026 2029. The reference value takes its base from the number of jobs recorded in West Northamptonshire at 2008 – totaling 194,763[4] – at an economic peak displaying a strong relationship between population growth and job creation. It is considered that this reference value, if used as a guide for monitoring and review purposes, will provide a sustainable balance in relation to the proposed housing delivery and jobs provision. However, with anticipated recorded job losses due to the economic recession, in the short term, provision of additional jobs over and above this target is likely to be required to make up for jobs lost. The JCS is committed to make good any such losses, with a corresponding increase to the 19,000 28,500 jobs reference value.

5.3743 West Northamptonshire has an existing potential supply of employment provision in the form of planning applications and available sites to cover the first five years of the plan period following adoption and probably beyond (West Northamptonshire Employment Land Study - July 2010 and Update 2012).  However, it is evident that in the Northampton area there is a specific shortage of larger sites to meet the needs of existing companies who wish to grow, and also to meet the requirements of companies who wish to move into the Northampton area.  Further allocation for the strategic provision of employment land is therefore made within the plan to support the aims of growing, regenerating and diversifying the Northampton economy by ensuring a flexible supply of the right type and scale of sites remains availableIn addition to which sites of national importance such as Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) and Silverstone Circuit have the potential to bring forward further jobs growth over the plan period to 2026 2029 but which are related to a wider as well as local area for employment catchment.

5.3844        For the period 2016 to 2026 Throughout the plan period jobs are likely to be created through renewal and regeneration of existing employment areas for B use , and jobs growth in the office and non- B sector jobs (such as health within the central areas of Northampton and Daventry). In addition DIRFT Phase 2 extension will has commenced delivery of jobs (approximately 2,000) as will and Silverstone Circuit (approximately 2,500 jobs) is expected to commence. It is anticipated that the first five years of the plan from adoption (2010 2011 to 2016) will still be in a recessionary mode but leading in to be moving from economic recovery mode  to a period of stronger growth. Housing provision is likely to be subdued expected to recover in this period and therefore jobs growth will similarly be suppressed required. The provision of new commercial floorspace through the new allocation at Northampton Junction 16, in addition to the existing pipeline of sites, will support this growth.”

 



[4] West Northamptonshire Employment Technical Paper Update – Appendix B (July 2012)

 

To accommodate the objectively assessed jobs need to 2029.

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Policy S7

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Amend Policy S7 as follows: 

“PROVISION WILL BE MADE FOR A MINIMUM NET INCREASE OF 28,500 19,000 16,000 JOBS IN THE PERIOD 2010 2008 - 2026 2029 IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A BROAD BALANCE OVER TIME BETWEEN HOMES AND JOBS AND TO MAINTAIN A DIVERSE ECONOMIC BASE.”

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Paragraph 5.45

Revised wording agreed with the University of Northampton (Joint Position Statement J10)

Insert the following text at the end of Paragraph 5.45:

The Northampton Central Area Action Plan (2013) sets out development principles for key sites in the Enterprise Zone including the Avon/ Nunn Mills site. The University of Northampton facilities are currently located outside the central area of Northampton. However the University is considering a re-location to Waterside (Avon/ Nunn Mills) to create a better relationship with the town centre and Enterprise Zone. Policy 28 of the NCAAP sets out the land uses that are acceptable at Avon/ Nunn Mills and the approach to this potential relocation. In view of the economic and cultural importance of the University of Northampton and the attractiveness of the site in terms of its waterside location, mature landscaping and excellent pedestrian links to the town centre, educational use would be acceptable in principle on part of the Avon/ Nunn Mills development, with replacement housing provision being made on the University’s existing estate.

To acknowledge the University of Northampton’s aspirations to move to Northampton Central Area, as identified in the Northampton Central Area Action Plan.

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New Paragraphs following Paragraph 5.50

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Insert the following new paragraphs after Paragraph 5.50 (renumber the subsequent paragraphs):

Strategic Locations for Employment Growth 

The Joint Core Strategy actively seeks to promote and identify additional locations for employment growth where it can be demonstrated these will support and complement the vision of providing economic prosperity across West Northamptonshire. An appropriate scale for considering such locations is taken to be 40 hectares (ha) gross site area, to reflect that these should be strategic in nature in terms of being able to provide opportunities for employment growth for a large part of the plan period. Provision at this scale is also capable of being comprehensively planned for, including mitigating effects as a result of development and delivering infrastructure requirements. Strategic growth locations are also more capable of monitoring and review over the plan period to ensure they are continuing to contribute to the objectives of the Strategy.

Support for the growth of employment at Silverstone Circuit and the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal, along with the objectives of the SEMLEP Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, is included within the plan on this basis.

Allocations of employment land within the Joint Core Strategy below the 40 ha strategic threshold are restricted to provision at Sustainable Urban Extensions, where they seek to meet the economic needs of new communities on mixed-use schemes at an appropriate scale. Allocations at a scale of below 40 ha should be considered positively during the preparation of Part 2 Local Plans where they comply with the objectives of this plan alongside fulfilling local priorities and considerations. 

An allocation of 79 ha of employment land, together with a strategic reserve allocation (90 ha) is identified at Northampton Junction 16 which supports and complements the vision of providing economic prosperity across West Northamptonshire. This makes provision for key areas of strength in the local economy so that these may continue to grow - offering new and enhanced job opportunities as a result and achieving concentration of growth at Northampton. The allocation will seek to maximise the advantages of the site in terms of its strategic connections and location whilst complementing objectives of regenerating Northampton Town Centre and continuing to make best use of existing employment areas and remaining allocations.”

To accommodate the objectively assessed jobs need to 2029.

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Policy S8

Modifications proposed as a consequence of the further work requested by the Inspector.

Insert a new bullet point at the end of the first paragraph of Policy S8 as follows:

·  THE ALLOCATION OF A STRATEGIC EMPLOYMENT SITE (79HA) AT NORTHAMPTON M1 JUNCTION 16 TOGETHER WITH A STRATEGIC RESERVE SITE (90HA);

Insert a new third bullet point in the second paragraph of Policy S8 as follows:

·  “SUPPORTING THE GROWTH OF THE DAVENTRY INTERNATIONAL RAIL FREIGHT TERMINAL AS SET OUT IN POLICY E4; AND

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Paragraphs 5.53 and 5.55

Modifications proposed as a consequence of the further work requested by the Inspector.

Amend paragraphs 5.53 and 5.55 as follows:

“5.4753  The jobs growth in the manufacturing sector is in decline, however this does not necessarily mean that less land is required for this sector. Some elements of manufacturing related to the high performance technologies sector are growing the sector continues to manufacture  but often with a  lower  number  of fewer  employees  due  to  successful mechanisation. Land requirements remain and  may  even  require  expansion.  The land reservoir of existing and available employment land across the West Northamptonshire area will accommodate the needs of this sector over the plan period primarily through the 'churn' (reuse, redevelopment and renewal) of employment land and development. Additional support for demand within this sector will be provided within the strategic employment allocation at Northampton M1 Junction 16 and as part of the Technology Realm framework.”

“5.4955   West Northamptonshire already has a large supply of warehouse development with planning consent in the pipeline including Swan Valley, Bedford Road (Former Cattle Market), and DIRFT. No new warehousing sites are allocated in the JCS, and Tthe majority of any new warehousing will be accommodated on existing employment sites through the employment land supply pipeline and churn of employment land. The allocation of a strategic employment site at Northampton M1 Junction 16 provides further support for demand in this sector in a sustainable manner consistent with the economic strategy within the plan as a whole.  New large warehousing developments (in excess of 40,000 sqm) will normally be expected to be provided for at DIRFT, except as provided for in Policy E8.”

To accommodate the objectively assessed jobs need to 2029, including the proposed allocation of a strategic employment site at Northampton M1 Junction 16.

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Paragraph 5.56

Discussed at the Examination Hearing Session 5.

Amend new Paragraph 5.56 as follows:

DIRFT is a logistics site of national importance and is covered in the Economic Advantage Section 8 of this JCS under Policy E4.  DIRFT gains access to the rail network via the “slow” lines on the Northampton Loop Line.  The West Coast Main Line fast lines that pass through West Northamptonshire are used by 125 mph passenger services while most freight traffic uses the slow lines via the Northampton Loop.  It is essentially a matter of national policy that determines access onto the national rail network. It is expected that access onto the fast lines will remain challenging even after High Speed 2. Consequently it is considered that new rail freight interchanges in West Northamptonshire, in addition to DIRFT, would not be deliverable within this plan period. The local authorities in West Northamptonshire will continue to work with Network Rail and the freight industry to consider and support further sustainable opportunities for rail freight interchanges in the longer term once the opportunities for additional access onto the rail network to support viable rail freight interchanges are confirmed.

To clarify the policy in West Northamptonshire for additional rail freight interchanges.

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Paragraph 5.60

Revised wording agreed with the University of Northampton (Joint Position Statement J10).

Add an additional sentence, after the existing second sentence as follows to Paragraph 5.60:

“Non B Class jobs include those jobs in health care, retail, leisure, tourism, sport, education, and cultural development. The non B jobs sector has grown in West Northamptonshire and the focus on town centres to provide more retail and service development to cater for the growing population will see this sector grow further. The University of Northampton will continue to invest in the central area of Northampton creating a better relationship between education, the town centre and jobs. In addition the tourism and leisure industries are important to both the rural and urban economies.”

To acknowledge the University of Northampton’s aspirations to move to Northampton Central Area, as identified in the Northampton Central Area Action Plan.

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Paragraphs 5.63, 5.64, 5.65, 5.73 and Policy S9

Revised wording as agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 2.

Amend Policy S9 and supporting paragraphs (and renumber subsequent paragraphs) as follows:

5.5763   Policies within the JCS direct the retail requirement to be accommodated at the most appropriate centres. Policy N2 in the Northampton Section of this JCS, Section 12, sets out the retail floorspace requirement to be accommodated firstly in Northampton Primary Shopping Area town centre and then within the Town Centre Central Area. The Northampton Central Area Action Plan (NCAAP) identifies available, achievable and deliverable sites to accommodate 45,000sqm net of comparison (non-food) retail development to meet identified future floorspace capacity, first within the Primary Shopping Area of the town centre through the Grosvenor Centre redevelopment, a key investment in the town centre Primary Shopping Area. boundary and followed by identified edge of town centre sites in accordance with a sequential approach set out in Policy S9 below.

5.604    Policy S9 also applies an impact assessment for retail development. The lower threshold for impact assessment for retail proposals outside the Northampton town centres and Northampton Primary Shopping Area is a reflection of the need to ensure town centre development is not put at risk by out of town centre/ Northampton Primary Shopping Area development. This is critical to rebalance the retail position in Northampton from dispersed to town centre focused and to protect the smaller town centres of Daventry, Towcester and Brackley.

5.615   For Northampton's convenience (food) retailing there is a requirement for a more significant convenience retailing presence within the Primary Shopping Area town centre together with a spread of convenience retailing provision within the urban area associated with new areas of housing growth. Specific Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) policies give a requirement for local centre provision and a quantum of convenience retailing floorspace to be provided in each SUE.

5.73     Reference in Policy S9 to the ‘appropriate’ town centre (or in the case of Northampton the Primary Shopping Area) refers to the appropriate catchment area of the proposal.  For example, a proposal for retail floorspace associated with Daventry would not be expected to default to Towcester town centre or Northampton Primary Shopping Area under the sequential approach if no suitable sites were available in Daventry Town Centre.  

“POLICY S9 - DISTRIBUTION OF RETAIL DEVELOPMENT

RETAIL FLOORSPACE WILL SHOULD BE ACCOMMODATED FIRSTLY WITHIN THE APPROPRIATE TOWN CENTRES, EXCEPT FOR NORTHAMPTON TOWN CENTRE WHERE IT SHOULD BE FIRSTLY LOCATED IN THE PRIMARY SHOPPING AREA AND THEN OTHER TOWN CENTRE LOCATIONS.

THEREAFTER UNLESS IDENTIFIED BY FLOORSPACE IN SUSTAINABLE URBAN EXTENSIONS PROPOSALS FOR NEW RETAIL DEVELOPMENT FOR WHICH   THERE   IS   AN   IDENTIFIED   NEED   AND WHICH CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED WITHIN THE TOWN CENTRES WILL BE: SUBJECT TO SEQUENTIAL APPROACH WHERE FIRST PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO WELL CONNECTED EDGE OF

TOWN CENTRE SITES, AND THEN SITES WITHIN DISTRICT/LOCAL CENTRES (WHERE OF AN APPROPRIATE SCALE) WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN TO THOSE THAT ARE WELL SERVED BY LOCAL TRANSPORT. ONLY IF SEQUENTIALLY PREFERABLE SITES ARE NOT SUITABLE AND AVAILABLE SHOULD OUT OF CENTRE SITES BE CONSIDERED.;AND

PROPOSALS FOR RETAIL DEVELOPMENT OUTSIDE THE PRIMARY SHOPPING AREA OF NORTHAMPTON OR OUTSIDE OTHER IDENTIFIED CENTRES WILL BE SUBJECT TO IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR PROPOSALS FLOORSPACE OVER 1,000SQM GROSS IN ORDER TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE AN SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE IMPACT ON THE VITALITY AND VIABILITY OF THE PRIMARY SHOPPING AREA OR IDENTIFIED TOWN CENTRES WITHIN THE CATCHMENT AREA OF THE PROPOSAL.

To reflect and be in conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework.

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Policy S10

Revised wording agreed with English Heritage (Joint Position Statement J7).

Amend the ninth bullet point of Policy S10 as follows:

PROTECT, CONSERVE AND ENHANCE THE NATURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE ASSETS AND THEIR SETTINGS;

To reflect the National Planning Policy Framework and the importance of the setting of a historic asset.

Proposed Modification to amend Table 1 in the Amount of Housing Required part of Section 5: Spatial Strategy and Key Diagram (see Proposed Modification MM4 above)

 

Table 1 - Housing Requirement 2001-2026 (Rounded) Objectively Assessed Housing Need - By District

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borough/ District

 

Total Housing

 

Requirement 2001-2026 2029

 

 

 

 

Completions 2001-2006

 

 

 

Completions 2006-2011

2010

Outstanding Planning Permissions and Approvals in Principle at 1

April 2011

2010

 

 

 

Remaining Requirement 2011 2010-

2026 2029

 

Daventry District

11,900

11,880

9839

 

 

1,720

1,725

 

1,130 970

 

1,770 1,830

 

7,280 7,360

6984

 

Northampton Borough

26,200

26,220

35,108

 

5,180

5,175

 

4170 3,850

4,175

 

9,380 9,190

 

7,470 8,000

25,758

South Northamptonshire District

12,050

13,183

2,980

2,975

 

 

1,190 980

1,190

 

 

2,820  2,080

 

 

5,060 6,010

9,018

Total

50,150

58,130

9,880

9,875

6,490 5,800

6,495

 

13,970 13,100

19,810 21,370

41,760


Proposed Modification to insert a new Table 2 in the Amount of Housing Required part of Section 5: Spatial Strategy and Key Diagram (see Proposed Modification MM4 above)

Table 2:  Objectively Assessed Housing Need - By Plan Area

 

 

Total Housing Requirement 2001-2029

Completions 2001-2006

Completions 2006-2011

Remaining requirement 2011-2029

Daventry District (excluding NRDA)

9,839

1,725

1,130

6,984

Northampton Related Development Area

39,241

6,550

4,233

28,458

South Northamptonshire Council (excluding NRDA)

9,050

1,602

1,130

6,318

Total

58,130

9,877

6,493

41,760


Proposed Modification to insert a new Table 3  in the Amount of Housing Required part of Section 5: Spatial Strategy and Key Diagram (see Proposed Modification MM4 above)

Table 3:  Proposed Housing delivery - By Plan Area

 

 

Total Housing Delivery 2001-2029

Completions 2001-2006

Completions 2006-2011

Remaining delivery planned 2011-2029

Daventry District (excluding NRDA)

9,839

1,725

1,130

6,984

Northampton Related Development Area

39,256

6,550

4,233

28,473

South Northamptonshire Council (excluding NRDA)

9,905

1,602

1,130

7,173

Total

59,000

9,877

6,493

42,630


Proposed Modification to insert a new Table 4 in the Amount of Housing Required part of Section 5: Spatial Strategy and Key Diagram (see Proposed Modification MM4 above)

Table 4:  Proposed housing delivery (breakdown)

 

Plan Area

Total Housing Need 2001-2029

Completions 2001-2011

Completions since 2011, Development Pipeline, Urban Capacity and Rural Allowance

Sustainable Urban Extensions

Total Housing Provision Identified

Daventry (exc NRDA)

9,839

2,855

4,385

2,600

9,840

Northampton Related Development Area

39,241

10,783

11,623

16,850

39,256

South Northamptonshire (Exc NRDA)

9,050

2,732

3,263

3,910

9,905


Proposed Modification to delete the existing table in Policy S3 in Section 5: Spatial Strategy and Key Diagram (see Proposed Modification MM 5 above)

 

 

DISTRICT /

BOROUGH

 

SETTLEMENT/

ARE A

NET ADDITIONAL HOUSING REQUIREME NT 2001- 2026

 

OF WHICH HOUSING COMPLETIO NS 2001-2010

2011


 

DAVENTRY

 

TOWNS

DAVENTRY

5,330 5,820

1,405  1,310

RURAL AREAS

DAVENTRY RURAL

 

2,800 2,310

 

1,445  1,380

NORTHAMPTON RELATED DEVELOPMENT

NORTHAMPTON

3,750

-

DAVENTRY TOTAL

 

11,900* 11,800

2,850 2,690


 

NORTHAMPTON

 

TOWNS

NORTHAMPTON

26,200 26,220

9,350 9,030

NORTHAMPTON TOTAL

 

26,200 26.220

9,350 9,030


 

SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

 

TOWNS

BRACKLEY

2,510 2,460

430 420

 

TOWCESTER

2,225 2,260

490

SOUTH NORTHANTS RURAL AREAS

SOUTH NORTHANTS

3,605  3,620

1,815 1,630

NORTHAMPTON RELATED DEVELOPMENT

NORTHAMPTON

3,715 3,710

1,435 1,430

SOUTH NORTHANTS TOTAL

 

12,050*

4,170 3,960


 

WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

 

WEST NORTHANTS TOTAL

 

50,150

16,370 15,680






Proposed Modification to include Tables S6A and S6B in a new Paragraph between Paragraphs (5.31 and 5.32 of Section 5: Spatial Strategy and Key Diagram (see Proposed Modification MM9 above)

Table S6A - District Totals

 

 

District

 

2011-2013

 

2013-2018

 

2018-2023

 

2023-2029

 

Daventry


243


3117


4815


4560

 

Northampton


939


5674


7256


5004

 

South Northamptonshire

NEED Target


530


2267


3340


4031

 

South Northamptonshire

DELIVERY Target


530


2484


3818


4191

 

Total (NEED)


1712


11058


15411


13595

Total

(DELIVERY)


1712


11275


15889


13755


Table S6B - Northampton Related Development Area (NRDA)          

 

 

Plan Area

 

2011-2013

 

2013-2018

 

2018-2023

 

2023-2029

 

Daventry

(exc NRDA)

 

243


2102


2540


2100

 

NRDA


939


7029


11116


9389

 

South Northamptonshire

(Exc NRDA)

NEED Target



530



1927



1755



2106

South Northamptonshire

(Exc NRDA)

DELIVERY Target


530


2144


2233


2266

 

Total (NEED)


1712


11058


15411


13595

Total (DELIVERY)

1712

11275

15889

13755