Joint Core Strategy - Proposed Main Modifications

Section 10 - Built and Natural Environment

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Policy BN3

Revised wording proposed in the JPU Statement to Examination Hearing Session 6.

Amend last sentence of the first paragraph of Policy BN3 as follows:

DEVELOPMENT THAT WOULD LEAD TO FURTHER FRAGMENTATION OR RESULT IN A LOSS OF ANCIENT WOODLAND, AGED AND VETERAN TREES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED UNLESS THE NEED FOR, AND BENEFITS OF, THE DEVELOPMENT IN THAT LOCATION CLEARLY OUTWEIGH THE LOSS.

To conform with the National Planning Policy Framework.

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Paragraph 10.32

As discussed at the Examination Hearing Session 6.

Amend Paragraph 10.32 as follows:

“10.2532          In addition to natural features, such as green infrastructure networks and habitats, the historic environment is an important element of the overall landscape sensitivity and reflects the human interaction relationship with geology, topography and the natural environment over time.”

To clarify the policy approach to landscape and particularly landscape sensitivity.

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Paragraph 10.36

Revised wording proposed in the JPU Statement to Examination Hearing Session 6.

Amend the second statement of Paragraph 10.36 as follows:

“Weedon Depot, an a Grade II listed example of a planned military complex with a large number of Grade II* listed buildings, is the subject of a specific policy (Policy BN6) in this Joint Core Strategy due to its size, location and historical importance.”

Factual correction in relation to the listed building status of Weedon Depot.

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Policy BN5

As discussed at the Examination Hearing Session 6.

Amend the first part of Policy BN5 as follows:

“POLICY BN5 – THE HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT AND LANDSCAPE

DESIGNATED AND NON-DESIGNATED HERITAGE ASSETS AND THEIR SETTINGS AND LANDSCAPES WILL BE CONSERVED AND ENHANCED IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR INDIVIDUAL AND CUMULATIVE SIGNIFICANCE AND CONTRIBUTION TO WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE'S LOCAL DISTINCTIVENESS AND SENSE OF PLACE.

IN ENVIRONMENTS WHERE VALUED HERITAGE ASSETS ARE AT RISK, THE ASSET AND ITS SETTING WILL BE APPROPRIATELY CONSERVED AND MANAGED. IN PROPORTION TO THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ASSET.

IN ORDER TO SECURE AND ENHANCE RETAIN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE AREA'S HERITAGE ASSETS AND THEIR SETTINGS AND LANDSCAPES, DEVELOPMENT IN AREAS OF LANDSCAPE SENSITIVITY AND/ OR KNOWN HISTORIC OR HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE IMPORTANCE WILL BE REQUIRED TO:

1.   SUSTAIN AND ENHANCE THE HERITAGE AND LANDSCAPE FEATURES WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO THE CHARACTER OF THE AREA INCLUDING:

  • CONSERVATION AREAS;
  • SIGNIFICANT      HISTORICAL       LANDSCAPES    INCLUDING    HISTORIC PARKLAND, BATTLEFIELDS AND RIDGE AND FURROW;
  • THE SKYLINE AND LANDSCAPE SETTINGS OF TOWNS AND VILLAGES;
  • SITES   OF   KNOWN   OR   POTENTIAL   HERITAGE   OR   HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE;
  • LOCALLY      AND    NATIONALLY IMPORTANT SIGNIFICANT BUILDINGS, AND STRUCTURES AND MONUMENTS.”

To clarify the policy approach to landscape and particularly landscape sensitivity.

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Policy BN7a

Revised wording agreed with the Environment Agency, Northants County Council, Anglian Water (Joint Position Statement J8).

Amend the first paragraph of Policy BN7a as follows:

NEW DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS WILL ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE AND APPROPRIATE WATER SUPPLY AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS AVAILABLE TO MEET THE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS PLACED UPON IT AND TO ENSURE THAT WATER QUALITY, IS PROTECTED, AND AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE IS PROTECTED OR IMPROVED.

To strengthen the water related policies and overcome outstanding objections.

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Policy BN7

Revised wording agreed with the Environment Agency, Northants County Council, Anglian Water (Joint Position Statement J8).

Amend the first paragraph of Policy BN7 as follows:

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS WILL COMPLY WITH FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS SET OUT IN THE NPPF AND TECHNICAL GUIDANCE TO THE NPPF AND THE WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE STRATEGIC FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENTS TO ADDRESS CURRENT AND FUTURE FLOOD RISKS WITH APPROPRIATE CLIMATE CHANGE ALLOWANCES.

To strengthen the water related policies and overcome outstanding objections.