Joint Core Strategy - Proposed Main Modifications

Appendix 1 _HRA Screening of Proposed Main Modifications

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Policy/Paragraph

Notes

ProposedMainModification

(see key to formatting at end of Appendix)

Reason for change

Could the Proposed Main Modification give rise to a new likely significant effect[1]

MM 1

8 and 23

Paragraph 3.10., New Para. 5.4 and New Policy SA

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 1.

Delete Paragraph 3.10 in Section 3.0 Introduction and replace it with a new Policy SA and new Paragraph 5.4 in Section 5.0 Spatial Strategy as set out below. Renumber subsequent paragraphs.

"Presumption in Favour of Sustainable Development"

5.4 In accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire Councils will work< proactively to ensure planning is not a barrier to new development. This Joint Core Strategy provides a clear framework not just for planning decisions but also many other forms of investment decisions.

"POLICY SA - PRESUMPTION IN FAVOUR OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

WHEN CONSIDERING DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS THE RELEVANT COUNCIL WILL TAKE A POSITIVE APPROACH THAT REFLECTS THE PRESUMPTION IN FAVOUR OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONTAINED IN THE NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK. IT WILL ALWAYS WORK PROACTIVELY WITH APPLICANTS JOINTLY TO FIND SOLUTIONS WHICH MEAN THAT PROPOSALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WILL BE APPROVED AND TO SECURE DEVELOPMENT THAT IMPROVES THE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN THE AREA. 

PLANNING APPLICATIONS THAT ACCORD WITH THE POLICIES IN THIS LOCAL PLAN (AND, WHERE RELEVANT, WITH POLICIES IN OTHER LOCAL PLANS AND NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANS) WILL BE APPROVED WITHOUT DELAY, UNLESS MATERIAL CONSIDERATIONS INDICATE OTHERWISE. 

WHERE THERE ARE NO POLICIES RELEVANT TO THE APPLICATION OR RELEVANT POLICIES ARE OUT OF DATE AT THE TIME OF MAKING THE DECISION THEN THE APPROPRIATE COUNCIL WILL GRANT PERMISSION UNLESS MATERIAL CONSIDERATIONS INDICATE OTHERWISE - TAKING INTO ACCOUNT WHETHER:

 

  •    ANY ADVERSE IMPACTS OF GRANTING PERMISSION WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY AND DEMONSTRABLY OUTWEIGH THE BENEFITS, WHEN ASSESSED AGAINST THE POLICIES IN THE NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK TAKEN AS A WHOLE; OR
  •    SPECIFIC POLICIES IN THAT FRAMEWORK INDICATE THAT DEVELOPMENT SHOULD BE RESTRICTED.

To reflect the National Planning Policy Framework.

This is a new policy which was therefore not previously subject to HRA. This is an overarching policy which adopts a positive approach to development that complies with National Policy and the suite of policies set out in the JCS. It will not, by itself, give rise to development therefore likely significant effects can be ruled out.

MM2

10

New Paragraph

3.18

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 1.

Delete Paragraph 3.18 and the heading above it in Section 3.0 Introduction and replace it with the following:

Review of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy 

3.18 In order to ensure that the local planning policy framework in West Northamptonshire remains up to date in the light of changing economic, social and environmental issues and new evidence Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire Councils commit to undertaking a review of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy to a plan period end date of 2036 or such longer period as the Councils choose, with the aim of having an adopted plan in place by 2020. This review< will be led by the National Planning Policy Framework approach of objective assessment of housing, employment and other needs and the requirements of the duty to co-operate with adjoining authorities and other organisations as necessary.ThisreviewwillcommenceoncethethreePart2 Local Plans covering WestNorthamptonshirehavebeensubmittedto theSecretary of StateforExamination.  This is expected to be in 2017. The WestNorthamptonshireLocal DevelopmentSchemewill be updatedfollowingtheadoptionof this Joint Core Strategy to reflect these anticipated timescales for the review.”

To provide a clear commitment to the Joint Core Strategy review and to provide clarity on its timing and content.

No. 

New text will not give rise to development but instead relates to the amended Plan period.

MM3

 23 Objective 16 

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

 

Amend Objective 16 as follows:

Objective 16 – Heritage

To conserve and where possible enhance, through carefully managed
change, the important heritage assets and their settings of Northampton,
Daventry, Towcester and Brackley West Northamptonshire, and to
recognise the their role in providing of rural heritage assets and their settings to support a sense of place and local distinctiveness.”

 

To reflect the
National Planning
Policy Framework
and the importance
of the contribution
made by the setting
of a historic asset
to its significance.

 
 

No.
Policy relates to protection and
enhancement of historic
environment and enhancements
will not give rise to likely
significant effects.

MM4

28 - 31 Paragraphs 5.21 - 5.29

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).
“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 ongoing
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[2] . 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)[3] . 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.

5.24 Overall, 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[4] 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 Relate 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.”

 

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.

 

Yes.
These modifications together
with those for the overall spatial
strategy Policy S3 reflect the
latest evidence and the changes
that have been made to housing
numbers and distribution of
development. Compared to the
Proposed Changes JCS, total
housing to be provided by the
Plan has increased by 8,850
dwellings. Likely significant
effects which cannot be ruled
and which require further
assessment are:
Rutland Water SPA and Ramsar
Site
- water supply and water
levels, due to
increased abstraction
for potable water
Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits
SPA and Ramsar Site
- water supply and water levels, due to
increased abstraction
for potable water
- water quality, due to
an increase in
contaminated surface
run-off and discharges
from the foul drainage
system
- disturbance, due to
increased visitor
numbers, especially
from additional
development in
Northampton

 

MM5

31 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 42,630 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 12,740

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 4,540

DAVENTRY RURAL AREAS                             ABOUT 2,450

NORTHAMPTON RELATED
DEVELOPMENT AREA                                     ABOUT 5,750


NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH

NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH                           ABOUT 18,870


SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

BRACKLEY TOWN                                           ABOUT 2,150

TOWCESTER TOWN                                       ABOUT 2,660

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.

 
 

Yes.

Although the housing proposed
from 2011 onwards has
reduced, the total housing
provided for by the JCS in the
Plan period has increased.
Likely significant effects cannot
be ruled for the same reasons
described in the assessment of
MM4 above.

MM6

32 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.

 

Yes.

Although the housing proposed
from 2011 onwards has
reduced, the total housing
provided for by the JCS in the
Plan period has increased.
Likely significant effects cannot
be ruled for the same reasons
described in the assessment of
MM4 above.

 

MM7

32 Paragraph 5.30

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

 

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.

 

No.

This modification has been made to accurately reflect policy S5 now that it has been revised (see assessment
below).

 

MM8

33 Policy S5

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

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.

 

Yes.
Policy changes alter the
distribution of development
between locations and identify
new locations for development.
Assessment of the implications of changes for each SUE are
provided below. The increase in
the total amount of housing
development proposed by the
Plan is separately assessed
under Policy S3 above.

 

MM9

35

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.

No.

No change to HRA findings - the
modifications reflect the
amended plan period and relate
to the approach that will be
taken to monitoring the JCS, rather than the proposals set
out within the plan.

 

MM10

38

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[5] – 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 available. In 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 requiredThe 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.”

To accommodate
the objectively

assessed jobs need
to 2029.

 

Yes. 

Although the housing proposed
from 2011 onwards has
reduced, the total housing
provided for by the JCS in the
Plan period has increased.
Likely significant effects cannot
be ruled for the same reasons
described in the assessment of
MM4 above.

1. I.e. a likely significant effect which has not been previously assessed by the HRA of the Pre-Submission JCS, as amended by the HRA Addendum for the Proposed Changes JCS [back]
2. Housing Technical Paper (JPU) Feb 2011, and Housing Technical Paper Update (JPU) July 2012 [back]
3. Objectively Assessed Needs (Joint Planning Unit) http://www.westnorthamptonshirejpu.org/connect.ti/website/view?objectId=10698501 [back]
4. Known as the Northampton Related Development Area, discussed further below. [back]
5. West Northamptonshire Employment Technical Paper Update – Appendix B (July 2012) [back]

Ref

Page

Policy/Paragraph

Notes

ProposedMainModification

(see key to formatting at end of Appendix)

Reason for change

Could the Proposed Main Modification give rise to a new likely significant effect[6]

MM11

38

Policy S7

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

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 20082026 2029 IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A BROAD BALANCE OVER TIME BETWEEN HOMES AND JOBS AND TO MAINTAIN A DIVERSE ECONOMIC BASE.”

To accommodate the objectively assessed jobs need to 2029

Yes.

The additional provision for jobs will result in additional demand for water and for wastewater treatment capacity. The potential for likely significant effects in relation to water resources and water quality requires further evaluation.

MM12

38

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.

 

No.
The eastern perimeter of the Avon/ Nunn Mills section of the Waterside Enterprise Zone is approximately 2.0 km to the west of the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar Site. The Enterprise Zone is in< the southern part of the Northampton Central Area. The Proposed Changes JCS identified the Northampton Central Area as a focus for regeneration, including development of 120 ha of employment land in the Enterprise Zone (Polices N1 and N2 and para. 5.45).
The July 2012 HRA Addendum identified the potential for adverse effects on Upper Nene Valley Pits SPA and Ramsar site via deterioration of water quality in the River Nene associated with construction and operation of employment development in the Enterprise Zone. In addition, the HRA Addendum identified the potential for development of the Enterprise Zone to increase traffic on the A45 (Nene Valley Way) which runs adjacent to the European site. The potential for adverse effects was identified due to increased road noise, NOX and PM10 emissions and contaminated road runoff. However, Policies S10, BN4, BN7a and BN9 were found to provide adequate protection in relation to pollution control, maintaining water quality and protecting the European site.
The Pre-Submission NCAAP was subject to HRA in October 2010. The potential for likely significant effects on Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar site from Policy 29 The Waterside: Avon/ Nunn Mills/ Ransome Road was identified in relation to water level management and drainage and urbanisation effects on wildlife. Adequate protection was found to be provided by JCS Policies and CAAP Policy 6: Flood Risk and Drainage.
The inclusion of the University as an acceptable land use within the Enterprise Zone does not change the earlier HRA conclusions described above.

 

MM13 

 39

New Paragraphs following Paragraph 5.50

 

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

 

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.

 

 

No.
See MM12 for assessment of >employment development at Waterside Enterprise Zone.

The DIRFT site east of Rugby and Silverstone Circuit are remote from any European site and no likely significant effects are predicted from employment development at these locations.

Development at each SUEs is assessed under the corresponding policies below.

The new employment allocation at the M1 Junction 16 lies approximately 10 km from the nearest European site, Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar site. No likely significant effects are predicted from employment development at this location.

 

 

MM14 

 39  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”

 

To accommodate
the objectively
assessed jobs need
to 2029.

 

 

No.
The new employment allocation at the M1 Junction 16 lies approximately 10 km from the nearest European site, Upper
Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar site. No likely significant effects are predicted from employment development
at this location.

The DIRFT site east of Rugby is remote from any European site and no likely significant effects are predicted from employment development at this location.

 

MM15

40

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.

 

No.
The new employment allocation at the M1 Junction 16 lies approximately 10 km from the nearest European site, Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar site. No likely significant effects are predicted from employment development at this location.

The DIRFT site east of Rugby is remote from any European site and no likely significant effects are predicted from employment development at this location

 

MM16

41

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.

No.

Text provides clarification and will not give rise to development.

 

MM17

41

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.

 

No.

This additional sentence will not itself lead to development. In any event, investment by the University of Northampton in the Central Area does not change earlier HRA findings, as described under MM12 above.

MM18

44

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:

“Distribution of Retail Development

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.

 
 

No.
These modifications are to ensure conformity with the NPPF.

MM19

47

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.

No.

Policy will not give rise to development, being designed to protect the landscape setting of historic assets.

6. I.e. a likely significant effect which has not been previously assessed by the HRA of the Pre-Submission JCS, as amended by the HRA Addendum for the Proposed Changes JCS [back]

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

 

4,170 3,850

 

9,380 9,190

 

7,470 8,000

25,758

South Northamptonshire District

12,050

13,183

2,980

2,975

 

1,190 980

 1,195

 

 

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

4,235

28,458

South Northamptonshire Council (excluding NRDA)

 

9,050

1,600

1,130

6,318

Total

 

58,130

9,875

6,495

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

9,825



 

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 COMPLETIONS 2001-2010

2011


 

DAVENTRY

 

TOWNS

DAVENTRY

5,3305,820

1,405  1,310

RURAL AREAS

DAVENTRY RURAL

 

2,8002,310

 

1,445  1,380

NORTHAMPTON RELATED DEVELOPMENT

NORTHAMPTON

3,750

-

DAVENTRY TOTAL

 

11,900*11,800

2,8502,690


 

NORTHAMPTON

 

TOWNS

NORTHAMPTON

26,20026,220

9,350 9,030

NORTHAMPTON TOTAL

 

26,20026.220

9,350 9,030


 

SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

 

TOWNS

BRACKLEY

2,5102,460

430420

 

TOWCESTER

2,2252,260

490

SOUTH NORTHANTS RURAL AREAS

SOUTH NORTHANTS

3,605  3,620

1,8151,630

NORTHAMPTON RELATED DEVELOPMENT

NORTHAMPTON

3,7153,710

1,4351,430

SOUTH NORTHANTS TOTAL

 

12,050*

4,1703,960


 

WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

 

WEST NORTHANTS TOTAL

 

50,150

16,37015,680


 

* Difference due to rounding



 

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



Ref

Page

Policy/Paragraph

Notes

ProposedMainModification

(see key to formatting at end of Appendix)

Reason for change

Could the Proposed Main Modification give rise to a new likely significant effect[7]

MM20

58   Paragraph 6.20

Revised wording
agreed with the
Highways Agency
(Joint Position
Statement 9) and a
factual update.

 

Amend the first part of Paragraph 6.20 as follows:

“In order to ensure that the road network remains efficient and can serve the strategic demand, it will be important to make improvements to carefully manage more local movements (see Area Connections) to enhance capacity. At the strategic level the Government has plans to introduce Managed Motorways including Hard Shoulder Running on a number of sections of the national Motorway network. This has included includes the M1 between J14 J13 and J19 and, although this scheme is not currently expected to programmed, it may come forward during the plan period. In the case of the A45 and A43 trunk roads in the area, the Highways Agency are proposing to implement secure the implementation of traffic management measures and related junction modifications in conjunction with development coming forward in these corridors. A43 junction improvements are required to enable housing and employment growth including at Towcester, Silverstone and Brackley in South Northamptonshire.

 

Factual update and to enhance the soundness and clarity of the plan in the light of changes to the funding stream.

 

No.

Junction modifications to the A43 were specified in Policy C3 of the Pre- Submission JCS and the HRA of that plan version screened out likely significant effects. A45 junction improvements are at Barnes Meadow and Lumbertubs Way Interchanges. Both of these lie within approximately 600 m of Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar Site. West Northamptonshire JPU has confirmed that the works will be within the existing carriageway rather than resulting in new land take. In any event, Policies S10, BN4, BN7a and BN9 provide adequate protection in relation to pollution control, maintaining water quality and protecting the European site.

 

MM21

63 Paragraph 6.31

Factual update

Insert a new Paragraph 6.31 as follows and renumber the existing Paragraph 6.31 as Paragraph 6.32:

“6.31 The Secretary of State for Transport has made Safeguarding Directions on development affecting the route and associated works for the HS2 rail project: London – West Midlands. These Directions came into force on 9 July 2013. These Directions are not proposals of this Joint Core Strategy. The routes in question will not be determined through the development plan process. They will be considered in Parliament under Hybrid Bill procedures, which will provide appropriate opportunities for petitions to be made to Parliament by those directly affected by the scheme. The West Northamptonshire Proposals Map (see Figure 5) shows the safeguarded area in West Northamptonshire that is covered by the Safeguarding Directions.”

 Factual update

No.

Text provides update of factual information and will not give rise to development.

MM22

72 Policy RC2

Correction to add Northampton Related Development Area Local Plan to the list of Local Plans in Policy RC2.

The last paragraph of Policy RC2 should be corrected to read as follows:

“FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS THE PROVISION OR ENHANCEMENT OF, EXISTING COMMUNITY FACILITIES WILL NEED TO BE PROVIDED BY NEW DEVELOPMENT. THE EXACT NATURE OF THE PROVISION AND TIMING WILL BE SET OUT WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT AND SITE ALLOCATION DPD'S DAVENTRY DISTRICT SETTLEMENTS AND COUNTRYSIDE LOCAL PLAN, AND SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SETTLEMENTS AND COUNTRYSIDE LOCAL PLAN AND NORTHAMPTON RELATED DEVELOPMENT AREA ALLOCATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT POLICIES LOCAL PLAN AND SUPPORTED BY THE DEVELOPER CONTRIBUTIONS SPD.”

 
Factual correction. 

No.
Text provides factual correction and will not give rise to development.

 

MM23

73 Paragraph 8.5

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 5.

Amend Paragraph 8.5 as follows:

“The plan area already has a considerable amount of employment floorspace in the planning pipeline in sustainable locations already consented through planning applications. Many existing employment sites are undergoing redevelopment to modern standards and are making efficient use of previously developed land, for example Royal Oak industrial estate in Daventry. Much of West Northamptonshire’s employment is provided on large purpose built estates with corresponding infrastructure, often badly suited to non-employment uses. Losses of employment land in West Northamptonshire for the last five years have been low. Where it can be shown that vacant employment land is no longer viable, a mix of employment uses including, exceptionally, Non-B employment generating class employment uses (as mentioned in WNELS) may be considered where shown to be essential to viability and appropriate – and including compliant with the sequential tests in Policy E2 (offices) and Policy S9 (retail) where relevant. While employment land will be protected WNELS does not require B class employment land to be protected for Strategic B8 use given the amount available over the plan period, comparitively low jobs densities, sustainability impacts, and the need for a balanced economy. WNELS does require the protection of small B8 uses in order to provide necessary support for other employment uses. Non Strategic B8 use typically has higher job densities of 1 worker per 50 sqm or better and will be protected.”

 

To provide greater flexibility in the range of employment generating uses that can be considered within the existing employment areas.

 

No.

These modifications reflect the changes to policy E1, increasing the range of employment uses that may be permitted on existing employment land. General industrial uses (B2) are considered to represent the highest potential risk to European sites therefore flexibility to change to other uses reduces the potential for likely significant effects.

 

MM24

73 Policy E1

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 5.

Amend Policy E1 as follows:

TO HELP SUPPORT A VIBRANT, SUCCESSFUL AND DEVELOPING LOCAL ECONOMY EXISTING AND ALLOCATED EMPLOYMENT SITES AND INDUSTRIAL ESTATES ACROSS WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE WILL BE RETAINED FOR USES WITHIN USE CLASSES B1,B2, AND NON STRATEGIC B8 AND APPROPRIATE NON-B EMPLOYMENT GENERATING USES.

CHANGE OF USE TO OTHER (NON EMPLOYMENT GENERATING) USES WILL BE RESISTED UNLESS IT CAN BE DEMONSTRATED THAT THE SITE IS NO LONGER ECONOMICALLY VIABLE FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES IN THE LONG TERM, THERE IS A CLEAR CONFLICT WITH ADJOINING USES, OR ITS RELEASE WOULD OFFER SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS TO THE LOCAL AREA.

NEW COMMERCIAL FLOORSPACE AT THE RURAL SERVICE CENTRES OF TOWCESTER AND BRACKLEY AND OTHER SMALLER SETTLEMENTS WILL BE OF A SCALE THAT IS COMMENSURATE WITH THEIR FUNCTION.

DETAILED IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS POLICY WILL BE THROUGH THE PART 2 LOCAL PLANS.”

 

To provide greater flexibility in the range of employment generating uses that can be considered within the existing employment areas and to clarify the implementation of the policy.

 

No.

These modifications increase the range of employment uses that may be permitted on existing employment land. General industrial uses (B2) are considered to represent the highest potential risk to European sites therefore flexibility to change to other uses reduces the potential for likely significant effects.

 

MM25

74 Policy E2

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 5.

Amend Policy E2 as follows:

“NORTHAMPTON

MAJOR OFFICE DEVELOPMENT (1000 SQ M GROSS OR MORE) WILL BE LOCATED IN NORTHAMPTON FOLLOWING A SEQUENTIAL APPROACH COMPRISING:

  • SITES ALLOCATED IN THE NORTHAMPTON CENTRAL AREA ACTION PLAN; AND
  • WITHIN THE TOWN CENTRE BOUNDARY; THEN
  • EDGE OF TOWN CENTRE; FOLLOWED BY
  • OTHER SUITABLE OFFICE SITES AS ALLOCATED IN THE NORTHAMPTON CENTRAL AREA ACTION RELATED DEVELOPMENT AREA LOCAL PLAN PART 2.

DAVENTRY

OTHER MAJOR OFFICE DEVELOPMENT WILL BE LOCATED IN DAVENTRY CENTRAL AREA. DEVELOPMENT OF OFFICE FLOORSPACE WITHIN THE CENTRAL AREA IN EXCESS OF 500 SQ M WILL BE ACCEPTABLE WHERE IT IS DEMONSTRATED THAT THERE WILL BE NO UNACCEPTABLE ADVERSE IMPACT ON THE REGENERATION OF OTHER CENTRES.

BRACKLEY AND TOWCESTER

NEW OFFICE FLOORSPACE UP TO 500 SQ M GROSS WILL BE LOCATED AT THE RURAL SERVICE CENTRES OF BRACKLEY AND TOWCESTER AND OTHER SMALLER SETTLEMENTS WILL BE OF A SCALE THAT IS COMMENSURATE WITH THEIR FUNCTION.

OTHER SMALLER SETTLEMENTS

THE SCALE OF OFFICE DEVELOPMENT IN OTHER SMALLER SETTLEMENTS WILL BE COMMENSURATE WITH THEIR FUNCTION.”

 

To clarify the policy and improve its implementation.

No.
These modifications are minor in nature and are intended to provide additional information/improved clarity.

 

MM26

81 New Policy E8

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

Insert a New Policy E8 and reasoned justification as follows:

“Northampton Junction 16 Strategic Employment Site


8.38 Recent historic evidence, at least until prior to the economic downturn, shows that between 1996 and 2008 208ha of employment land was developed within the Northampton Related Development Area8. Development over this period saw a range of companies, many of whom already have connections with West Northamptonshire, grow and expand by utilising the strategic advantages of our location. This has seen the profile of the area increase as a location for strategic distribution activities but also meet the spatial and technical requirements of modern, high-quality manufacturing processes such as those undertaken by Cosworth high performance engines.

8.39 The West Northamptonshire Employment Land Study (2012 Review) demonstrates the substantial floorspace available within the plan area over the plan period to support the economic objectives of the JCS. This will be maximised not simply by repeating past trends or supporting unconstrained demand in any one sector. Space remains available at recent employment growth locations including Pineham and Swan Valley. Nevertheless, the range and size of sites currently available will not be sufficient to give scope for the continued growth of existing occupiers or opportunities to expand growing sectors to levels that would complement the economic strategy as a whole.

8.40 A strategic allocation for additional employment land is identified at a location adjacent to the East and North of Junction 16 of the M1 Motorway. The total area of the site covers 171ha (gross) extending west to east along the A4500 corridor running towards the village of Harpole and the built urban area of Northampton beyond. The allocation extends to the north and south of the A4500, with the majority of the land area (131ha) located to the north of this route. The allocated site is located within South Northamptonshire District, approximately 7km from Northampton Town Centre. The area is presently in agricultural use and is open countryside. The allocation is within a location recognised as being of high-medium landscape sensitivity.

8.41 The scale of the allocation represents a level of provision that compliments the economic objectives for the plan as a whole. Development associated with maximising the economic advantages of Northampton is proposed in a manner that simultaneously reflects the direction of large scale strategic distribution activities towards DIRFT. This will be achieved by means of a sequential test within the policy. Detailed consent for units over 40,000sqm will not be granted unless it can be demonstrated that the occupier has an existing connection to Northampton, whereby relocation of the employer outside the area would negatively impact the local economy and reduce the sustainability of existing employment patterns; or the proposed use is a minimum of 75% B2 use. This allocation is provided specifically to meet the needs of existing companies within Northampton where there are insufficient sites of adequate size to meet their needs. Within the plan support for larger units is provided at DIRFT, so unless justified by exceptional circumstances other occupiers requiring development at this scale and with no existing connection to the area will be directed towards that location.

8.42 The scale and extent of B8 (Storage or Distribution) uses will be carefully controlled. This site is specifically allocated to eet the needs of Northampton, and is not intended to provide a strategic distribution park. Overall B8 uses should be no more than 50% of the total floorspace on the site, subject to the provision for the relocation of existing Northampton based employers. This is in recognition of the provision that has been made for large scale storage and distribution in more appropriate locations within the plan area, particularly at DIRFT. This provision also intends to ensure that floorspace remains available for B2 manufacturing occupiers to continue to build on the strategic advantages for this sector within the local economy. B1(a) office provision will be subject to the sequential test in Policy E2, and will be restricted to no individual unit exceeding 1,000sqm, unless it can be demonstrated that these functions are directly related to B2 or B8 occupiers at the location and reflect activities best served by this site. This will ensure protection of the objective to concentrate office development at Northampton Town Centre.

8.43 The allocation makes provision for development 79ha (gross) within the plan period 2011-2029 at Phase 1 (south of the A4500) and Phase 2 (north of the A4500), and shown on Inset Map 18. Provision is made for development of a mix of B1 floorspace (including research and development / light industrial uses), B2 and B8 uses; a minimum 2 ha lorry parking facility; and associated facilities; alongside necessary landscaping and infrastructure provision within the site.

8.44 The allocation makes provision for the remainder of the site (Phase 3) to be treated as a strategic reserve over the plan period. The purpose of this reserve is to meet the need for existing Northampton employers who require large sites (in excess of 40,000 sq. metres) and where no alternative site exists. Release of these remaining elements of the site will not be considered before commencement of 90% the employment floorspace (defined as buildings above the ground level) in the first two phases of the allocation and an assessment concluding that further provision will continue the objective of the strategy of the plan as a whole. If release is considered prior to 2029 this would need to be justified and evidenced on the basis that no other opportunities – free from signed pre-let agreements - remain in the development pipeline for units in excess of 40,000 sq m of B2/B8 floorspace.For the avoidance of doubt, this provision for early release is restricted to large users (over 40,000 sq. metres), and is limited to existing local employers.

8.45 The allocation in this area seeks to capture benefits of this location but will ensure that impacts on the environment and infrastructure are mitigated and where possible result in a net gain as a result of development.

8.46 Development proposals will have regard to the key features of the location including the topography at the north west of the site which has a steeper gradient associated with Glassthorpe Hill. The River Nene corridor towards the southeast is associated with a small area of flood risk as well as being of significance in terms of green infrastructure and ecological assets within the immediate and wider area. A watercourse running north to south across the site provides an additional sensitive area and broadly separates Phases 2 and 3 described above. Ensuring the provision of structural greenspace within these areas as a minimum would provide a basis for mitigating any impacts, as well as ensuring the developed area is free from flood risk.

8.47 Mitigation to the strategic and local road network will be required and the site will be expected to make a financial contribution to these mitigation measures as well as providing any land required. The A4500 corridor running within the allocation will be a focus for improvements to walking, cycling and public transport connections, reflecting its importance as route into Northampton. Connections with the town of Daventry will also be enhanced as a consequence of development. This will be delivered in addition to improving other walking and cycling connections within the site and its surrounding area as a result of the development. Delivery of the lorry park and its associated accommodation facilities within the allocation represents an opportunity to fulfil the objective of relieving congestion within the main urban area and removing such traffic from less sustainable journeys on the local road network. Delivery will be expected early within the allocated phase of development.

8.48 Policy E8 below sets out the framework for development of this site. A comprehensive development brief will be required to support preparation of a detailed masterplan for Phases 1 and 2 of the site and inform proposals before they can be approved. Connectivity to Phase 3 will also be required to be shown within the masterplan. As a part of developing proposals the studies specified in the policy must be prepared and agreed by the determining authority. These studies will include consideration of the scale, design and height of buildings proposed for the site to minimise and mitigate impacts on the visual sensitivity of the area. The full gross site area of the allocation (including the strategic reserve element) must be included when preparing these documents.

8.49 The relevant Councils in West Northamptonshire, working with other partners and the development sector, will where necessary utilise the powers of compulsory acquisition to secure the implementation of this development.”

“POLICY E8 – NORTHAMPTON JUNCTION 16 STRATEGIC EMPLOYMENT SITE

THE BOUNDARY OF THE NORTHAMPTON JUNCTION 16 STRATEGIC EMPLOYMENT SITE IS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP (FIGURE 5). THE DEVELOPMENT CONSTITUTES MAJOR DEVELOPMENT AS SPECIFIED IN POLICY S11, AND AS A MINIMUM WILL BE EXPECTED TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS SET OUT IN POLICIES S10 AND S11.

THE DEVELOPMENT WILL MAKE PROVISION FOR B1, B2 AND B8 USES:

  • PHASES 1 AND 2 WILL BE 79 HA GROSS;
  • PHASE 3 (90 HA GROSS) WILL BE ALLOCATED AS A STRATEGIC RESERVE SITE
  • A MINIMUM 2 HA SECURE LORRY PARK WITHIN PHASE 1;
  • ANCILLARY FACILITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LORRY PARK;
  • ANY PROPOSALS FOR A B1(A) OFFICE USE SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE SEQUENTIAL TEST SET OUT IN POLICY E2, AND SHALL NOT EXCEED 1,000 SQM;
  • THE MAXIMUM SIZE OF ANY UNIT WILL BE 40,000SQM GROSS EXCEPT WHERE THERE IS A PROPOSAL FROM A NORTHAMPTON BASED EMPLOYER WHICH REQUIRES A BUILDING IN EXCESS OF 40,000 SQ METRES GROSS OR A SITE SUITABLE FOR A BUILDING IN EXCESS OF 40,000 SQ METRES GROSS, WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE WITHIN NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH, AND WHERE THE RELOCATION OF THE EMPLOYER OUTSIDE THE AREA WOULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE LOCAL ECONOMY OR THE PROPOSAL IS PRIMARILY FOR B2 USE (MORE THAN 75% OF FLOORSPACE);
  • NECESSARY HIGHWAYS WORKS TO MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF THE DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING PROVISION OF JUNCTION 16 IMPROVEMENTS AND A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE DAVENTRY DEVELOPMENT LINK ROAD;
  • AN INTEGRATED TRANSPORT NETWORK FOCUSED ON SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT MODES INCLUDING PUBLIC TRANSPORT, WALKING AND CYCLING WITH STRONG LINKS TO ADJOINING NEIGHBOURHOODS AND THE TOWN CENTRE;
  • STRUCTURAL GREENSPACE AND WILDLIFE CORRIDORS AS INDICATED ON THE PROPOSALS MAP (FIGURE 5);
  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE SITE AND REQUIRED MITIGATION; AND
  • FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT AND FROM ALL OTHER SOURCES 
  • ON A UNIT BY UNIT BASIS ANY PLANNING APPROVAL WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SECTION 106 AGREEMENT REQUIRING THE OCCUPATION OF ANY BUILDING IN EXCESS OF 40,000 SQM GROSS TO BE RESERVED FOR AN EMPLOYER IN NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH FOR A MINIMUM OF 2 YEARS. ANY DETAILED PROPOSAL NOT TIED TO A NORTHAMPTON BASED EMPLOYER WILL NEED TO SHOW DETAILED EVIDENCE OF THE MARKETING OF THE SITE TO NORTHAMPTON COMPANIES FOR A MINIMUM PERIOD OF TWO YEARS.

PHASE 3 (90 HA) WILL BE RETAINED AS A STRATEGIC RESERVE SITE, AND WILL ONLY BE RELEASED WHEN 90% OF PHASES 1 AND 2 HAVE COMMENCED, OR IT CAN BE PROVED THAT NO ALTERNATIVE SITE OF APPROPRIATE SIZE IS AVAILABLE TO MEET THE GROWTH REQUIREMENTS OF EXISTING NORTHAMPTON BASED COMPANIES.

PHASE 3 WILL BE SUBJECT TO FURTHER HIGHWAY INVESTIGATION AT THE TIME OF ANY PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT, AND THE PROVISION OF ANY ADDITIONAL HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED, INCLUDING TO JUNCTION 16.

NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE IS REQUIRED TO BE PHASED ALONGSIDE THE DELIVERY OF THE DEVELOPMENT.

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A MASTERPLAN.”

 

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

 

No.

The new employment allocation at the M1 Junction 16 lies approximately 10 km from the nearest European site, Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar site. No likely significant effects are predicted from employment development at this location.

 
7. I.e. a likely significant effect which has not been previously assessed by the HRA of the Pre-Submission JCS, as amended by the HRA Addendum for the Proposed Changes JCS [back]

Ref

Page

Policy/Paragraph

Notes

ProposedMainModification

(see key to formatting at end of Appendix)

Reason for change

Could the Proposed Main Modification give rise to a new likely significant effect[8]

MM27

82  Paragraph 9.4 and Table 4

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

 

Amend the first two sentences of paragraph 9.4 as follows and delete the existing Table 4 and replace with a new Table 4 (see table on Page 63 of this schedule):

“A Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) was undertaken for West Northamptonshire based on the housing requirement set out in the East Midlands Regional Plan. The findings of the SHMA have been reassessed to take account of the revised household projections arising from the most recent objective assessment of housing needs and the extended plan period to 2029. in the light of the Joint Core Strategy's planned housing delivery of 50,150 additional homes for the period 2001- 2026 and have been updated to reflect the 2008 based household projections.

 

To reflect the conclusions of the West Northamptonshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update.

 

No.
This modification describes the latest evidence on housing need but will not lead to development. Associated increase in housing provision is separately assessed.

 

MM28

84 Paragraph 9.12

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 4.

Insert the following text at the end of Paragraph 9.12:

“The JCS seeks to meet the range of housing needs which exist in our communities. Some groups such as older people or those with disabilities may require specialised housing. These vary from traditional nursing homes to schemes which support independent living, but also offer care packages. The Sustainable Urban Extensions, in particular, are of a scale which provides the scope to meet the full range of needs which exist.”

 

To incorporate the provisions of Policy H4 which it is proposed to delete.

 

No.
These modifications are minor in nature and incorporate the provisions of a policy which has already been assessed as part of the previous HRA work.

 

MM29

84 Policy H1

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 4.

 

Amend the first paragraph of Policy H1 as follows:

“ACROSS WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT WILL PROVIDE FOR A MIX OF HOUSE TYPES, SIZES AND TENURES TO CATER FOR DIFFERENT ACCOMMODATION NEEDS., INCLUDING THE NEEDS OF OLDER PEOPLE AND VULNERABLE GROUPS.

 
To incorporate the provisions of Policy H4 which it is proposed to delete. 

 

No.

These modifications are minor in nature and incorporate the provisions of a policy which has already been assessed as part of the previous HRA work.

 

MM30

86 New Paragraph 9.18

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 4.

Add a new Paragraph 9.18 after Paragraph 9.17 as follows (and renumber subsequent paragraphs):

“For the avoidance of doubt all schemes which provide self-contained units, including sheltered and assisted living housing schemes, are expected to provide affordable accommodation in accordance with Policy H2. Where on site provision is not practicable then an off-site contribution of equivalent value will be acceptable.”

 

To incorporate the provisions of Policy H4 which it is proposed to delete.

 

No.
These modifications are minor in nature and incorporate the provisions of a policy which has already been assessed as part of the previous HRA work.

 

MM31

89 Policy H4

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 4.

Delete Policy H4 and the supporting text at Paragraph 9.20.

To address concerns raised at the Examination Hearings regarding the effectiveness of the policy in terms of its practical implementation. It was agreed that the principal provisions of the policy could be incorporated into other Plan policies.

No.
The effects of Policy H4 in the Proposed Changes JCS will be transferred to Policy H1, and are in any case not capable of giving rise to potential effects on European sites.

 

MM32

90 - 92 Paragraphs 9.25 - 9.27, 9.29 and 9.31

Modifications proposed as a consequence of the completion of the West Northamptonshire Travellers Accommodation Needs Study.

Amend Paragraphs 9.25 to 9.27,9.29 and 9.31 as follows:

“9.205 A Travellers Accommodation Needs Study (TANS)[9] has been undertaken to quantify the accommodation and housing related support needs of Gypsies and Travellers (including Travelling Showpeople) in West Northamptonshire for the period 2012/13 to 2032/33. The TANs is based on primary research undertaken in Daventry District and Northampton Borough and also incorporates the results of a separate accommodation needs study which covers South Northamptonshire.[10] The study concludes that there is an overall shortfall in West Northamptonshire over the next twenty years of 81 residential pitches and 3 emergency stopping places for Gypsies and Travellers and 2 plots for Travelling Showpeople. The most recent sub-regional assessment of need is provided by the Northamptonshire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA)(2008)[1]. The GTAA identifies a need for 51 residential pitches, 10 transit pitches and 4 travelling showpeople plots for the period 2007-2017 in West Northamptonshire. A district/settlement breakdown of this requirement taken directly from the GTAA TANS is provided in Table 5 below. (See Table 5 on Page 64 below)

9.26 The TANS also provides evidence of when provision should made in order to meet the needs for permanent residential pitches that have been identified. Table 6 below indicates when provision is expected to be made during the plan period and should be used as an aid for monitoring. The provision of travelling showpeople plots and emergency stopping places is expected to take place by 2017. (See Table 6 on Page 65 below)

9.2716 Policy H7 below identifies pitch and plot targets based on the evidence of need provided in the TANS. Specific sites Site provision to meet the needs specified in Policy H7 below will be made through a combination of allocations allocated in the West Northamptonshire Gypsy, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Allocations Local Plan Site Allocations Development Plan Document and the development management process in accordance with the criteria set out in the policy below. The provision of small sites which are integral to and planned alongside the Sustainable Urban Extensions will be considered where they meet the criteria. These criteria should also be applied to the consideration of planning applications for sites to meet unexpected demand.

9.227 Since 2007 one residential pitch for gypsies and travellers, and two plots for travelling showpeople have been provided in Daventry District. This provision has been discounted from the requirements specified in Policy H7 below.

9.249 Policy H7 does not seek to set a specific limit on the size of individual sites, as this would be an arbitrary approach. However, it is noted that government guidance11 suggests that a maximum of 15 pitches is conducive with providing a comfortable environment which is easy to manage., whilst practical experience indicates up to six pitches containing one family group works well. This reflects the preference of residents and site managers and larger sites should be avoided unless there is a clear need and preference expressed through local community consultation including with the gypsy and traveller community.

9.2631 The GTAA for Northamptonshire only identifies pitch requirements up to 2017. A joint Local Plan will be prepared which will review the need for accommodation in West Northamptonshire up to and beyond 2017 and identify sites to meet this need in accordance with national policy. Clearly it will be necessary to review and update the GTAA and any revised requirements beyond 2017 will need to be addressed through a future review of the JCS.”

 

To reflect the conclusions of the West Northamptonshire Travellers Accommodation Needs Study.

 

No.
The change in text will not itself give rise to development but just summarises the new evidence underpinning changes made to Policy H7 which is separately assessed below.

 

MM33

91 Policy H7

Modifications proposed as a consequence of the completion of the West Northamptonshire Travellers Accommodation Needs Study.

Amend the first part of Policy H7 as follows:

“THE FOLLOWING PROVISION WILL BE MADE FOR ACCOMMODATION OF GYPSIES, TRAVELLERS AND TRAVELLING SHOWPEOPLE IN THE PERIOD UP TO 201729:

WITHIN DAVENTRY DISTRICT : 8 20 RESIDENTIAL PITCHES, AND 3 TRANSIT PITCHES; 1 EMERGENCY STOPPING PLACE AND 2 TRAVELLING SHOWPEOPLE PLOTS;

WITHIN NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH: 32 35 RESIDENTIAL PITCHES AND 1 EMERGENCY STOPPING PLACE 5 TRANSIT PITCHES; AND

WITHIN SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: 10 19 RESIDENTIAL PITCHES, 2 TRANSIT PITCHES AND 2 TRAVELLING SHOWPEOPLE PLOTS 1 EMERGENCY STOPPING PLACE.”

 

To reflect the conclusions of the West Northamptonshire Travellers Accommodation Needs Study.

 

No.

The additional number of development of residential pitches provided does not alter the previous HRA conclusions. Potential effects arising from the locations chosen for the additional pitches will be assessed, if required, through HRA of the Site Allocations and Development Management processes. In any event, the absence of European sites within Daventry makes significant effects from additional development in that district unlikely.

 

 

 

Proposed Modification to include a new Table 4 after Paragraph 9.4. in Section 9.0 Housing (see Proposed Modification ref MM23 above)

Table 4: Housing Requirement by Area 2011-2029 (Note: Figures may not sum due to rounding. Source: ORS Housing Market Model)

Housing Type

Housing Requirement 2011-29

Daventry District [1]

Northampton Related Development Area

South Northamptonshire[2]

Market housing

5,500

20,900

3,900

Intermediate affordable housing

0

0

1,700

Social rented/ Affordable rented housing

1,500

7,600

1,600

Total Housing Requirement

7,000

28,500

7,200

Market housing

78.6%

73.3%

54.2%

Intermediate affordable housing

0.0%

0.0%

23.6%

Social rented/ Affordable housing

21.4%

26.7%

22.2%



[1] Excluding the Northampton Related Development Area

[2] Excluding the Northampton Related Development Area


Proposed Modification to Table 5 in Policy H7 (See Proposed Modification Ref MM28 above)

 

Table 5: Accommodation Requirements for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople – District/ Settlement Breakdown 2007-2017 2012/13 – 2032/33

 

 

Area

Residential Pitches

Transit PitchesEmergency Stopping Places

Travelling Showpeople Plots

Daventry

9 24

3 1

2

Northampton

32 39

5 1

0

South

Northamptonshire

10 18

2 1

2 0

Total

51 81

10 3

4 2



 

Proposed Modification to include a new Table 6 in Policy H7 (see Proposed Modification MM28 above) 

Table 6: Residential Pitch Requirements for Gypsies and Travellers 2012-2029

 

Period

Daventry

Northampton

South Northamptonshire

2012-17

8

17

6

2017-22

5

7

6

2022-27

5

8

6

2027-29

2

3

1


8. i.e. a likely significant effect which has not been previously assessed by the HRA of the Pre-Submission JCS, as amended by the HRA Addendum for the Proposed Changes JCS [back]
9. RRR Consultancy Ltd (April 2013) West Northamptonshire Travellers Accommodation Needs Study [back]
10. Arc4 (January 2013) Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire Gypsy and Traveller Housing Needs Assessment [back]

Ref

Page

Policy/Paragraph

Notes

ProposedMainModification

(see key to formatting at end of Appendix)

Reason for change

Could the Proposed Main Modification give rise to a new likely significant effect[11]

MM34

99 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.

 

No.

While this new text introduces the possibility of ancient woodland, aged and veteran tree loss, this would only happen in exceptional circumstances. In any case, such loss would not be likely to affect the qualifying features of any of the European sites screened into the HRA.

 

MM35

101 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.

 

No.

Text clarifies approach to landscape and will not give rise to development.

 

MM36

102 Paragraph 10.36

As discussed at the 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.

 

No.

These modifications are minor in nature and will not give rise to development.

 

MM37

103 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.

 

No.

Text clarifies approach to landscape and will not give rise to development.

 

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108 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.

 

No.

These modifications strengthen the protection for the natural environment in respect of water quality.

 

MM39

109 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. 

No.

This modification provides further clarity about flood risk assessment requirements and is intended to reduce flood risk.

 

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120 Table 7

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session on Issue 8 (i)

Make the following amendments to Table 7 – Primary Infrastructure Projects:

 

Column 3 – Broad Phasing

“Scale and type of solution to be informed by Northampton General Central Area Drainage Assessment (May 2011 2012)”

 

Add the following project as a new row in Table 7 – Primary Infrastructure Projects:

 

Column 1 – Infrastructure Required

A43 Junction Improvements in South Northamptonshire.”

Column 2 – Reason for Requirement

Required to enable housing and employment growth in Towcester, Silverstone and Brackley.”

Column 3 – Broad Phasing

To commence 2014.”

 

Remove the following project from Table 7 – Primary Infrastructure Projects:

 

Column 1

Waste Water Treatment Works – Daventry

Column 2

Whilton Waste Water Treatment Works requires upgrading to allow long term development to take place.”

Column 3

Three year scheme due to Work Commenced in 2012.”

Remove the following project from Table 7 – Primary Infrastructure Projects:

Column 1 – Infrastructure Required

 “Grosvenor Centre, Northampton Bus Interchange – Northampton

Column 2 – Reason for Requirement

 “Required as a key part of modal shift measures within the town centre.”

Column 3 – Broad Phasing

 “Two year project commencing 2012.”

 
 

To be consistent with Policy C3 and to provide a factual update to the table.

No.
Modification provides consistency with proposals elsewhere in the JCS which have been separately assessed.

 

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128 Paragraphs 12.23 and 12.27

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

Amend Paragraphs 12.23 and 12.27 as follows:

“12.23 Cowpasture Spinney a tree belt some 50m to 60m wide borders the north eastern edge of the SUE and to the south east is a second tree belt approximately 35m wide known as Coleman Leys. Billing Brook watercourse flows along the eastern and southern boundaries of the SUE passing through Cowpasture Spinney and flowing into Overstone Park Lake. Due to the landscape features and topography the SUE has a high level of visual containment although this diminishes to the north of the site.”

“12.27 The Northampton North SUE can capitalise on its position to create high value jobs in the technology and research and development sector. The Proposals Map (Figure 5 at the end of the JCS) indicates an area within the SUE of about 7ha which will be retained for a Northampton Technology Realm located in the northern part of the SUE. It will provide a 'gateway' feature into the town from the approach along the A43. (See Policy E3, Economic Advantage, in Section 8 of this JCS). The allocated site will provide for a mixed use development of homes, jobs, community facilities including school provision, retail and leisure and green open space. A dedicated employment area of about 10ha will provide local employment opportunities but will not prejudice Employment uses within the SUE must be of an appropriate scale to ensure that major office expansion and leisure development within Northampton Central Area is not prejudiced.

 

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

 

No.
Supporting text reflects changes to Policy N3 which increase the housing provision and add an employment allocation to Northampton North SUE. This SUE is sufficiently remote from Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar site that likely significant effects will not arise. The increases in the total amounts of housing development and provision for jobs in the Plan area as a whole are separately assessed.

 

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129 Policy N3

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

Amend the first and fourth bullet points of Policy N3 as follows:

IN THE REGION OF 2,000 3,500 DWELLINGS;

A TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY 10HA OF LAND FOR LOCAL
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES;”

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

No. 

Changes to Policy N3 increase the housing provision and add an employment allocation to Northampton North SUE. This SUE is sufficiently remote from Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar site that likely significant effects will not arise. The increases in the total amounts of housing development and provision for jobs in the Plan area as a whole are separately assessed.

 

MM43

131 Policy N4

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

Amend paragraphs 12.31 and 12.32 as follows:

“12.31 The Northampton Landscape Sensitivity Study identifies this part of the that much of the site is within a landscape classed as being of low to medium sensitivity and therefore less sensitive to change. The majority of the SUE is contained within the lower parts of the topography and its development must preserve key landmark views, such as that to St Crispin's Tower to the east. Areas of structural green space to be incorporated within the development are indicatively shown on the Proposals Map (Figure 5 at the end of the JCS) and an ecological assessment should identify how these areas of structural green space will positively address the enhancement of biodiversity within the area of the SUE.

12.32. Within the SUE area there are no identified heritage constraints and no areas of strategic flood plain. The diversity of ecology within the site can be improved through appropriate structural landscaping, open space and creation of habitat corridors. Of particular importance is the protection of the villages of Harlestone and Harpole in their countryside settings. In this respect development to the south of Roman Road should not extend beyond the 115m contour and the ridgeline should be protected by an extensive green buffer along the southern boundary of the site.”

Amend the first and fifth bullet points of Policy N4 as follows:

IN THE REGION OF 1,500 2550 DWELLINGS;”

NECESSARY HIGHWAYS WORKS TO MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF THE DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE NORTH WEST BYPASS AND THE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO IMPROVEMENTS TO THE KINGSTHORPE CORRIDOR (A508) INCLUDING THE COCK HOTEL JUNCTION;

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

No.
Changes to Policy N4 increase the housing provision for Northampton West SUE. This SUE is sufficiently remote from Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar site that likely significant effects will not arise. The increase in the total amount of housing development in the Plan area as a whole is separately assessed.

 

MM44

133 - 134 Paragraphs 12.44, 12.46, 12.48 and Policy N6

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

Amend Paragraphs 12.44, 12.46 and 12.48 and Policy N6 as follows:

“12.4445 This SUE is situated to the south of Brackmills employment area adjoining the existing neighbourhoods of Hardingstone and Wootton to the south and west. The site itself comprises largely arable land sloping generally from north to south, occupying part of a limestone ridge which forms a bold and prominent feature on the south western side of Northampton. The eastern part of the site comprises two fields divided by a minor road known as the Green which sits within a shallow valley. The land rises up from the road on both sides and also to the east.

12.4647 The creation of a green corridor running from northwest to south-east across the northern site boundary will help protect existing habitats to the north as well as providing for a new greenway linking existing and proposed urban areas to the wider countryside. A further green corridor should be created along the eastern boundary of the site which will provide a link to the woodland to the north and also ensure that the development creates a positive rural edge to the east. The potential for development within the SUE to impact on the skyline when viewed from the north and the east must be taken into account and addressed within the master plan for the site. Along part of the southern and western boundaries of the site a landscaped buffer will be required to provide screening between existing residential development and the proposed SUE.

12.4849 A public footpath, and Landimore Road (providing an access into Brackmills), and a minor road known as the Green run through the site and should be incorporated into future development.”

 

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

No.

Changes are minor in nature and will not give rise to development.

MM45

134  Policy N6 

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

 

Amend the first bullet point of Policy N6 as follows:

IN THE REGION OF 1,000 1,300 DWELLINGS;”

 

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

 

Yes.
Policy changes alter the distribution of development, increasing the amount of development at Northampton South of Brackmills SUE which lies in relatively close proximity to Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SAC and Ramsar site. Likely significant effects in relation to loss of supporting habitat, disturbance and water quality cannot be ruled out. The increase in the total amount of housing development proposed by the Plan is separately assessed.

 

MM46

140  New Policy N9a and new Paragraphs 

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

 

Insert a New Policy N9A and reasoned justification as follows:

“Northampton Norwood Farm/ Upton Lodge SUE

The proposed Northampton Norwood Farm/ Upton Lodge SUE is located on the western edge of Northampton’s urban area, partly within Northampton Borough and partly within South Northamptonshire. The site has for the most part previously been identified for development in the Northampton Local Plan 1997 and formed part of a wider urban extension known as the South West District. Much of the South West District has been built, is under construction or has planning approval but whilst planning applications have been submitted in respect of some of the site no planning permissions have yet been issued. This site is an important component of the housing provision which is proposed for the Northampton Related Development Area. Allocation in the Joint Core Strategy provides clarity regarding the site’s planning status in the future for those parts which are subject to extant planning applications and also recognises that development in addition to that which had previously been considered appropriate can also be accommodated to meet objectively assessed housing needs over the plan period.

The SUE is bounded to the north by Berrywood Road and the community of New Duston; to the north east by areas of new housing at St Crispin and Berrywoodfields, and by the former Princess Marina Hospital site; to the south by Weedon Road, and beyond this the proposed Upton Park SUE. Sandy Lane will provide a clear western boundary for built development within the site, but the allocated site will extend further to the west to include a proposed Country Park.

Development of this SUE has an important role to play in linking the emerging communities to the north of the A4500 Weedon Road and the new communities of Upton. Connectivity through the site and to the wider South West District, including service areas and facilities particularly by sustainable means must be addressed.

Areas of structural green space are to be incorporated within the development which is indicatively shown on the Proposals Map and an ecological assessment should identify how areas of structural green space will positively address the enhancement of biodiversity within the area of the SUE. The diversity of ecology within the site can be improved through appropriate structural landscaping, open space and creation of habitat corridors. Of particular importance is the protection of the village of Harpole’s countryside setting. Development of the site is expected to deliver a new Country Park to the west of Sandy Lane, which will act as a buffer between the urban area and the open countryside adjoining the village of Harpole and also provide essential recreational opportunities for new and existing communities.

Part of the Sandy Lane Relief Road Phase 2 will need to be constructed to ensure the sustainable development of the SUE.

The SUE will provide for two primary schools which will enable educational needs to be addressed in an area where there are additional pressures from further residential developments. The SUE will also provide local retail and community facilities which are consistent with a development of this size.

It is anticipated that the SUE can commence delivery in the early part of the plan period and would deliver in the region of 3,500 dwellings during the plan period. Policy N9A below details the required elements for the development. A masterplan will be required to be submitted alongside any proposal to demonstrate how the land use elements positively respond to context, design issues, connectivity and sustainable planning requirements.


POLICY N9A – NORTHAMPTON NORWOOD FARM/ UPTON LODGE SUE

THE BOUNDARY OF THE NORTHAMPTON NORWOOD FARM/ UPTON LODGE SUE IS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP (FIGURE 5). THE DEVELOPMENT WILL MAKE PROVISION FOR:

  • IN THE REGION OF 3,500 DWELLINGS;
  • TWO PRIMARY SCHOOLS;
  • A LOCAL CENTRE TO INCLUDE LOCAL RETAIL FACILTIES
  • OF AN APPROPRIATE SCALE (INCLUDING A SMALL CONVENIENCE STORE), HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES;
  • LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES;
  • SANDY LANE RELIEF ROAD PHASE 2;
  • AN INTEGRATED TRANSPORT NETWORK FOCUSED ON SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT MODES INCLUDING PUBLIC TRANSPORT, WALKING AND CYCLING WITH STRONG LINKS TO THE ADJOINING NEIGHBOURHOODS, EMPLOYMENT AREAS AND THE TOWN CENTRE;
  • STRUCTURAL GREENSPACE AND WILDLIFE CORRIDORS AS INDICATED ON THE PROPOSALS MAP (FIGURE 5) INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF A COUNTRY PARK;
  • OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION PROVISION;
  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL, ECOLOGICAL AND GROUND STABILITY ASSESSMENT OF THE SITE AND REQUIRED MITIGATION; AND
  • FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT AND FROM ALL OTHER SOURCES.


NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE IS REQUIRED TO BE PHASED ALONGSIDE THE DELIVERY OF THE DEVELOPMENT. 

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A
MASTERPLAN.”

 

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

 

No.

Although the Policy changes alter the distribution of development, this SUE is sufficiently remote from Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA and Ramsar site that likely significant effects will not arise. The increase in the total amount of housing development proposed by the Plan is separately assessed.

 

NN47

145 Paragraph 12.96

Revised wording agreed with the Highways Agency (Joint Position Statement 9).

Add an additional sentence after the existing second sentence of Paragraph 12.96 as follows:

Measures identified on the A45 between M1 Junction 15 and Great Billing Junction will be required in order to deliver growth in the town. These measures are set out in the Growth Management Scheme prepared by the Highways Agency. Development in the Northampton area including the SUE developments set out in Policies N3, N4, N5, N6, N7, N8, N9 and N9A will provide a contribution towards the provision of the Northampton Growth Management Scheme in accordance with the provisions of the A45/ M1 J15 NGMS – Memorandum of Understanding (26th March 2012) or successor agreements. The provision of key highway infrastructure will be required as set out in Table 7 – Key Primary Infrastructure Projects.”

 

To enhance the soundness and clarity of the plan in the light of changes to the funding stream.

 

No.

These modifications clarify the funding arrangements for highway improvements rather than introducing any new development.

11. i.e. a likely significant effect which has not been previously assessed by the HRA of the Pre-Submission JCS, as amended by the HRA Addendum for the Proposed Changes JCS [back]

Ref

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Policy/Paragraph

Notes

ProposedMainModification

(see key to formatting at end of Appendix)

Reason for change

Could the Proposed Main Modification give rise to a new likely significant effect[12]

MM48

152 Paragraph 13.32 and Policy D3

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

 

Amend Paragraph 13.32 as follows:

“The Daventry North East SUE allocation is suitable, available and
deliverable for at least up to 2,500 2,000 2600 dwellings within the
plan period and Policy D3 below sets out the land use requirements
for the full 4,000 dwelling development and . The development should
commence from the south-western edge and infrastructure
provision must be phased accordingly. It is anticipated that the
development of the SUE will commence broadly in the south west
quadrant of the site.

Amend the first bullet point of Policy D3 as follows:

  • “4,000 DWELLINGS (2,500 A MINIMUM OF 2,0002,600 OF WHICH WILL BE PROVIDED WITHIN THE PLAN PERIOD TO 2026 2029);

To reflect the extension of the plan period up to 2029.

 

No.

Although the Policy changes alter the distribution of development, this SUE is sufficiently remote from any European site that likely significant effects will not arise. The increase in the total amount of housing development proposed by the Plan is separately assessed.

 

MM49

159 Paragraph 14.15

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 18.

Delete the following words from the end of the final sentence of
Paragraph 14.15:

“subject to securing the delivery of the relief road”.

Insert a new sentence at the end of Paragraph 14.15 as follows:

“The relief road will be secured by phased development of the SUE.”

To recognise that the implementation of the ‘Town Park’ proposals are not subject to the delivery of the relief road.

 

No.
This modification is minor in nature, providing improved clarity. It will not lead to development.

 

MM50

160 Paragraph 14.21

Revised wording agreed with the Highways Agency (Joint Position Statement J9).

Amend the second sentence of Paragraph 14.21 as follows:

"The development will be delivered across all three phases of the plan period. Phasing will be required to ensure that necessary infrastructure is delivered alongside the development, particularly the provision of the A5 bypass relief road and A43 Tove and Abthorpe junction improvements which is are an essential prerequisites to the development. The dwelling yield and employment land that is relied upon to be delivered by 2026 2029 are not regarded as thresholds which would restrict additional development within the SUE during the plan period, provided the necessary infrastructure is delivered.

 

 
  1. To enhance the soundness and clarity of the plan in the light of changes to the funding stream.
  2. To reflect the proposed extension of the plan period to 2029

No.

Junction modifications to the A43 were specified in Policy C3 of the Pre- Submission JCS and the HRA of that plan version screened out likely significant effects. In any event, these junctions near Towcester are remote from any European site and not likely to give rise to significant effects.

 

MM51

160 Policy T3

Revised wording proposed in JPU Statement to Examination Hearing Session 18.

Amend the first, second ,fourth and fifth bullet points of Policy T3 as follows:

IN THE REGION OF 3,000 3,300 DWELLINGS (OF WHICH A MINIMUM OF 1,500 2,100 WILL SHOULD BE DELIVERED IN THE PLAN PERIOD UP TO 2026 2029);”

3000 JOBS AT LEAST 15.5 HA OF EMPLOYMENT LAND (OF WHICH 1,500 A MINIMUM OF 50% 70% WILL SHOULD BE DELIVERED IN THE PLAN PERIOD UP TO 2026 2029

DIRECTLY RELATED AND NECESSARY ESSENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE A43 JUNCTIONS;”
“2 PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND 1 SECONDARY SCHOOL;”

 
  1. To be consistent with the wording of other SUEs in the plan.
  2. To enhance the soundness and clarity of the plan in the light of changes to the funding stream.
  3. To reflect the updated 

    evidence base, which demonstrates that a new secondary school at Towcester is not required.

  4. To reflect the proposed extension of the plan period to 2029.

 

No.

Modifications to Policy T3 provide further clarity and reflect updated evidence in relation to development at Towcester South SUE. Its distance from any European site means that likely significant effects can be ruled out

 

MM52

167 Paragraph 15.16

Factual correction.

Amend Paragraph 15.16 as follows:

“The land to the north of Turweston Road is a greenfield site currently in agricultural use. It has the potential to be a key gateway site into Brackley from the north and the A43. South Northamptonshire Council has resolved to granted outline planning permission for a business park development on the site, subject to the completion of a legal agreement. More recently the Council has resolved to grant planning permission for an alternative mixed use development. The proposed development comprises a new foodstore; petrol filling station ; 60 bed nursing care home (including the relocation of the Brackley Cottage Hospital’s 12 beds); a new Primary Care Centre facility including a new pharmacy ; employment development within Class B1, B2 and B8, and a hotel (Circa 70 beds) including a restaurant and bar. These uses fall within the definition of economic development set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and will provide new employment opportunities to support Brackley’s role as a Rural Service Centre. It is expected that the development of this part of the site will therefore come forward in the first phase of the plan period.”

Factual correction to reflect South Northamptonshire Council’s recent decision >on a planning application submitted for a mixed use development on the land to the north of Turweston Road which forms part of the proposed Brackley East SUE

 

No.

Correction to factual information that will not lead to development.

MM53

168 Paragraph 15.17

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 17.

Inset a new paragraph after Paragraph 15.17 as follows (and renumber the subsequent paragraphs):

“Although the proposed SUE is not of a scale which justifies the provision of a local centre, it does provide the opportunity to include appropriate healthcare facilities. The Brackley Masterplan includes a proposal for a new Primary Care Centre and the land to the north of Turweston Road is identified as a suitable site for this facility.”

To provide scope for the provision of appropriate community facilities including the Primary Care Centre, as proposed in the Brackley Masterplan.

 

No.

This modification reflects updated evidence adding detail on the particular type of facilities to be provided within Brackley East SUE, which is, in any event, remote from any European site.

 

MM54

168 Policy B2

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 17.

Revised wording agreed with the Highways Agency (Joint Position< Statement J9).

Amend the second bullet point of Policy B2 as follows:

1000 JOBS 9.4 HA OF EMPLOYMENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAND;

Amend the fifth bullet point of Policy B2 and add new sixth and seventh bullet points as follows:

  • “A MIX OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT B1(A) OFFICE, B1(C) LIGHT INDUSTRIAL AND B8 STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION. THE PROPORTION OF B8 FLOORSPACE SHALL NOT EXCEED 40% OF THE TOTAL FLOORSPACE ON THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAND.
  • HEALTH CARE FACILITIES SUCH AS A PRIMARY CARE CENTRE AND/ OR A NURSING CARE HOME;
  • IMPROVEMENTS TO A43 JUNCTIONS AT BRACKLEY;

1. To provide greater flexibility on the type of employment generating uses that can be accommodated on the site.
2. To enable the provision of appropriate health care facilities including the Primary Care Centre, as proposed in the Brackley Masterplan.
3. To enhance the soundness and clarity of the plan in the light of changes to the funding stream.

 

No.
Bullets 1-3: These modifications reflect >updated evidence adding detail on the types of development to be provided within Brackley East SUE.
Bullet 4: Junction modifications to the A43 were specified in Policy C3 of the Pre-Submission JCS and the HRA of that plan version screened out likely significant effects.
In any event, the SUE is< remote from any European site.

 

MM55

170 Policy B3

Revised wording agreed with the Highways Agency (Joint Position Statement J9).

Insert a new bullet point between the fourth and fifth bullet points of Policy B3:

“IMPROVEMENTS TO A43 JUNCTIONS AT BRACKLEY”

 

To enhance the soundness and clarity of the plan in the light of changes to the funding stream.

 

No.
Junction modifications to the A43 were specified in Policy C3 of the Pre- Submission JCS and the HRA of that plan version screened out likely significant effects.

 

MM56

174 - 175 Paragraphs 16.11 - 16.19

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 16.

Amend the explanatory text to Policy R1 as follows:

(i) Amend and merge Paragraphs 16.11 and 16.12 as follows (subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered):

“16.11 As part of the evidence base for this JCS an analysis of all the villages in the Plan area has been carried out. The full results of this analysis and the methodology used are set out in the technical paper[1]. 16.12 This analysis will be kept up to date as part of updated and developed through the preparation of the Part 2 Local Plans annual monitoring and will inform the detailed hierarchy to be prepared for the rural areas, together with any particular local constraints and opportunities.”

(ii) Amend existing Paragraph 16.15 as follows:

16.15 16.14 “The scale of development which will be appropriate in each village will vary having regard to the criteria set out in Policy R1 position in the hierarchy and the housing requirements for the rural areas of individual districts. Policy R1 sets out the scale of development that will be acceptable in each category of settlement. This level of development will be measured as the percentage increase from the existing dwelling stock as at the base date of 2011 2006. This Part 2 Local Plans will ensure that the scale of development is proportionate to the scale of each village within the hierarchy and will take into account the level of existing planning permissions and completions that have taken place within the village during the plan period. Irrespective of whichever category villages are allocated to within the hierarchy this will not automatically mean that development will be appropriate. The Local Planning Authority will need to be satisfied that any proposals are acceptable in terms of environmental, social and economic sustainability. Once the residual housing requirements for the rural areas have been met through planning permissions or allocations in future Local Plans, or Once a particular settlement has reached the upper limit of the scale then further developments will be resisted unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated as specified in Policy R1 below.”

(iii) Insert a new Paragraph as follows:

16.16 “Whilst in general terms the rural housing needs will be set by the requirements set out in Policy S3, it is not the intention of the Plan to prevent additional appropriate development in the rural areas from coming forward. For example, development considered under Policy H3 (Rural Exception Sites), would not be constrained by the rural housing requirement specified in Policy S3. In addition the Part 2 Local Plans could allocate additional sites, based on evidenced local need.”

(iv) Amend Paragraph 16.19 as follows:

16.19Community led plans cannot allocate should not promote less development than in a higher tier plan. However they can allow for additional growth, for example where this would support the retention of or improvement to essential local services that may be under threat (in particular the local primary school or primary health services). Planning applications for additional growth within villages will need to be informed by a community involvement exercise, undertaken in accordance with the up to date Statement of Community Involvement in each District, prior to the submission of the planning application.

 

Factual updates and to address concerns raised at the Examination Hearings regarding the need for a more flexible and positive approach to development in the rural areas.

 

No.

Although increased flexibility may allow an increase in the amount of rural development, the overall spatial strategy ensures that the amount will be limited. Any risks to European sites arising from the particular locations of rural development enabled by this policy are more appropriately assessed through HRA at the Development Management stage, if relevant.

 

MM57

175 - 177 Policy R1

Modifications arising from the Examination Hearing Session 16 and the further work requested by the Inspector.

Amend Policy R1 as follows:

“WITHIN THE RURAL AREAS OF WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE THERE IS AN RESIDUAL IDENTIFIED NEED FOR 1355 2110 DWELLINGS WITHIN DAVENTRY DISTRICT AND 1790 1850 DWELLINGS WITHIN SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE TO BE PROVIDED BETWEEN 2011 AND 2026 2029. BEYOND THE TOWNS OF DAVENTRY, TOWCESTER AND BRACKLEY. WITHIN THE RURAL AREAS THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE RURAL HOUSING REQUIREMENT WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF THE PART 2 LOCAL PLANS THAT ARE BEING PREPARED BY DAVENTRY DISTRICT AND SOUTH NOTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNCILS ACCORDING TO THE LOCAL NEED OF EACH VILLAGE AND THEIR ROLE WITHIN THE HIERARCHY

DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE RURAL AREAS WILL BE GUIDED BY A RURAL SETTLEMENT HIERARCHY THAT WILL COMPRISE THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

PRIMARY SERVICE VILLAGES;
SECONDARY SERVICE VILLAGES; AND
OTHER VILLAGES; AND
SMALL SETTLEMENTS/HAMLETS

THE RURAL HIERARCHY IN THE PART 2 LOCAL PLANS WILL HAVE REGARD TO BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, THE FOLLOWING :

THE PRESENCE OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES TO MEET THE DAY TO DAY NEEDS OF RESIDENTS, INCLUDING THOSE FROM SURROUNDING SETTLEMENTS;
OPPORTUNITIES TO RETAIN AND IMPROVE THE PROVISION AND ENHANCEMENT OF SERVICES CRITICAL TO THE SUSTAINABILITY OF SETTLEMENTS;
ACCESSIBILITY, PARTICULARLY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT, TO THE MAIN TOWNS AND SUSTAINABLE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES;
EVIDENCE OF LOCAL NEEDS FOR HOUSING (INCLUDING MARKET AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING), EMPLOYMENT AND SERVICES;
THE ROLE, SCALE AND CHARACTER OF THE SETTLEMENT;
THE CAPACITY OF SETTLEMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE DEVELOPMENT IN TERMS OF PHYSICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER CONSTRAINTS;
THE AVAILABILITY OF DELIVERABLE SITES INCLUDING PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED LAND IN SUSTAINABLE LOCATIONS;
ENABLE SMALL SCALE HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT WHERE THIS MEETS LOCAL NEEDS AND/ OR SUPPORTS LOCAL SERVICES;
SUPPORT THE RETENTION AND PROVISION OF LOCAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES;

SUSTAINING THE RURAL ECONOMY BY RETAINING EXISTING EMPLOYMENT SITES WHERE POSSIBLE, BY ENABLING SMALL SCALE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING TOURISM, THROUGH RURAL DIVERSIFICATION AND BY SUPPORTING APPROPRIATE AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY DEVELOPMENT;
PROTECT AND ENHANCE THE CHARACTER AND QUALITY OF THE RURAL AREA'S HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND AREAS OF HISTORIC OR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPORTANCE; AND
ENABLEING LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO IDENTIFY AND MEET THEIR OWN LOCAL NEEDS.

IN REFINING AND DETERMINING THE DETAILED HIERARCHY EACH DISTRICT COUNCIL WILL TAKE THE FOLLOWING FACTORS INTO ACCOUNT:

A) THE PRESENCE OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES TO MEET THE DAY TO DAY NEEDS OF RESIDENTS, INCLUDING THOSE FROM SURROUNDING SETTLEMENTS;
B) OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE SERVICE PROVISION AND ENHANCE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF SETTLEMENTS;
C) ACCESSIBILITY, PARTICULARLY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT, TO THE MAIN TOWNS;
D) EVIDENCE OF LOCAL NEEDS FOR HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT AND SERVICES; AND
E) THE SUITABILITY OF SETTLEMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE DEVELOPMENT IN TERMS OF ENVIRONMENTAL, INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER CONSTRAINTS.

THE SETTLEMENTS AND COUNTRYSIDE LOCAL PLANS TO BE PREPARED FOR DAVENTRY DISTRICT AND SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE WILL DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE SCALE OF DEVELOPMENT WITHIN FOR EACH CATEGORY OF INDIVIDUAL VILLAGE WITHIN THAT CATEGORY.THE FOLLOWING OVERALL SCALE OF RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OVER THE BASE DATE POSITION WILL BE APPROPRIATE. THIS WILL HAVE REGARD TO THE INDICATIVE FIGURES BELOW MEASURED FROM A BASE DATE POSITION (2011):
 

PRIMARY SERVICE VILLAGES = MODERATE SCALE - 10% - UP TO 12% OF THE EXISTING DWELLING STOCK
SECONDARY SERVICE VILLAGES = SMALL SCALE - 5- UP TO 7% OF EXISTING DWELLING STOCK
OTHER VILLAGES - SMALL SCALE INFILL - UP TO 5 DWELLINGS
SMALL SETTLEMENTS/HAMLETS - DEVELOPMENT RESTRICTED TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL AREAS WILL BE REQUIRED TO:

A) PROVIDE FOR AN APPROPRIATE MIX OF DWELLING TYPES AND SIZES, INCLUDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE; AND

B) NOT AFFECT OPEN LAND WHICH IS OF PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE TO THE FORM AND CHARACTER OF THE VILLAGE; AND

C) PRESERVE AND ENHANCE HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND AREAS OF HISTORIC OR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPORTANCE INCLUDING THOSE IDENTIFIED IN CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISALS AND VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENTS; AND

D) PROTECT THE AMENITY OF EXISTING RESIDENTS;AND

E) BE OF AN APPROPRIATE SCALE TO THE EXISTING SETTLEMENT; AND

F) PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THAT EQUALLY ADDRESSES ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES; AND

G) BE WITHIN THE EXISTING CONFINES OF THE VILLAGE.
DEVELOPMENT OUTSIDE THE EXISTING CONFINES WILL BE PERMITTED WHERE IT INVOLVES THE RE-USE OF BUILDINGS OR, IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, WHERE IT WILL ENHANCE OR MAINTAIN THE VITALITY OF RURAL COMMUNITIES OR WOULD CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS AND IMPROVE THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

ONCE THE HOUSING REQUIREMENT FOR THE RURAL AREAS HAS BEEN MET THROUGH PLANNING PERMISSIONS OR FUTURE ALLOCATIONS,. OR ONCE A PARTICULAR SETTLEMENT HAS REACHED THE UPPER LIMIT OF THE SCALE SPECIFIED ABOVE IN THE APPROPRIATE LOCAL PLAN FURTHER HOUSING DEVELOPMENT WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED WHERE IT CAN BE DEMONSTRATED THAT IT:

WOULD RESULT IN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS ON A SITE INCLUDING FOR EXAMPLE THE RE-USE OF PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED LAND AND BEST PRACTICE IN DESIGN ; OR
IS REQUIRED TO SUPPORT THE RETENTION OF OR IMPROVEMENT TO ESSENTIAL LOCAL SERVICES THAT MAY BE UNDER THREAT (IN PARTICULAR THE LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL OR PRIMARY HEALTH SERVICES); AND HAS BEEN INFORMED INFORMED AGREED BY A BY AN WITH THE RELEVANT PARISH COUNCIL OR APPROPRIATE LOCAL COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES FOLLOWING A EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT EXERCISE PRIOR TO THE SUBMISSION OF A PLANNING APPLICATION.; OR
IS A RURAL EXCEPTIONS SITE THAT MEETS THE CRITERIA SET OUT IN POLICY H3; OR
HAS BEEN AGREED THROUGH AN ADOPTED NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN.

UNTIL THE NAMED RURAL SETTLEMENT HIERARCHY HAS BEEN DEFINED WITHIN FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PLAN DOCUMENTS PREPARED BY INDIVIDUAL LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITIES IN CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES THE EXISTING SAVED LOCAL PLAN POLICIES FOR DAVENTRY DISTRICT AND SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE WILL APPLY.

 

1. To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed housing needs work and the extension of the plan >period to 2029.
2. To address concerns raised at the Examination Hearings regarding the need for a more flexible and positive approach to development in the rural areas.
3. To provide greater clarity in accordance with the NPPF.

 

No.
Relatively small increase in the amount of rural housing development means that potential risks to European sites are limited. Likely significant effects arising from the particular locations of rural development enabled by this policy are more appropriately assessed through HRA at the Development Management stage, if relevant. Policy changes also mean that the scale of development at different sizes of village within the settlement hierarchy will be defined at a later stage in the plan-making< process. Significant effects on any European site are deemed unlikely and are, in any event, more appropriately assessed via HRA of the Part 2 Local Plan.

 

MM58

177 Paragraph 16.20

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 16.

Add the following sentence at the end of Paragraph 16.20:

“The role of existing employment areas is recognised and these should be retained in accordance with the provisions of Policy E1.”

 

To recognise role of existing employment areas and provide a cross
reference to Policy E1.

 

No.
These modifications are minor in nature, are intended to provide clarification and will not, in themselves, lead to development

 

MM59

183 New Paragraph

Modification proposed as a consequence of the further work requested by the Inspector

Insert a new paragraph 17.19 at the end of the section entitled ‘Housing
Trajectory’:

“The base for the 5 year land supply calculation is the housing trajectory set out in Appendix 3, and specifically the “NEED” lines shown. Although the trajectory will be updated each year in the Authorities Monitoring Report, the “NEED” lines will not change, and performance will always be measured against these base figures. Under or over provision as set out in Appendix 6 The Monitoring Framework will invoke the contingency provisions indicated there.”

 

To clarify the baseline for the calculation of the 5 year housing land supply.

No.

This modification clarifies the calculation of the 5 year housing land supply figure but will not, itself, lead to development.

 

MM60

192 Appendix 3

Modification proposed as a consequence of the further work requested by the Inspector

Delete the ‘Projected Completions Trajectory’ Tables in Appendix 3 and replace new ‘Projected Completions Trajectory’ Tables (see Tables on pages 94-95 of this Schedule)

Delete and replace the following graphs in Appendix 3:
‘West Northamptonshire Proposed Trajectory’
‘Trajectory based on District Boundaries’
‘Trajectory by NRDA and Residuals for Daventry and South Northants’

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

 

No.

This change is informational and revised housing numbers have been separately assessed.

 
12. i.e. a likely significant effect which has not been previously assessed by the HRA of the Pre-Submission JCS, as amended by the HRA Addendum for the Proposed Changes JCS [back]

Ref

Page

Policy/Paragraph

Notes

ProposedMainModification

(see key to formatting at end of Appendix)

Reason for change

Could the Proposed Main Modification give rise to a new likely significant effect[13]

MM61

220 Appendix 5

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

 

Add to ‘Replacement Policy Number and Title in the Joint Core Strategy” for H1 and H4 under Northampton Borough:

“N9A Northampton Norwood Farm / Upton Lodge SUE”

To reflect the proposed allocation of this SUE in response to the outcome of the objectively assessed housing needs work and the extension of the plan period to 2029.

 

No.
This modification reflects the addition of the Norwood Farm/Upton Lodge SUE, the likely effects of which have been separately assessed.

 

 

 

Proposed Modification to include new ‘Projected Trajectory’ Tables in Appendix 3 (see Proposed Modification MM 60 above)

A. Proposed Trajectory (based on delivery profile and requirement to meet need (where different) 2011-2029 by District Boundary

 

2011/

2012

2012/

2013

2013/

2014

2014/

2015

2015/

2016

2016/

2017

2017/

2018

2018/

2019

2019/

2020

2020/

2021

2021/

2022

2022/

2023

2023/

2024

2024/

2025

2025/

2026

2026/

2027

2027/

2028

2028/

2029

Totals 11-29

 
 

DDC (DELIVERY and NEED)

145

98

264

400

662

855

936

930

1020

970

925

970

930

885

725

725

685

610

12735

 

NBC (DELIVERY and NEED)

423

516

785

1039

1132

1292

1426

1544

1588

1491

1355

1278

1025

900

875

815

695

694

18873

 

SNC (DELIVERY)

304

226

250

365

450

619

800

772

830

725

736

755

780

805

739

691

631

545

11023

 

SNC (NEED)

304

226

206

321

407

576

757

621

741

651

651

676

701

726

676

676

651

601

10168

 

West Northamptonshire Total Provision - NEED

872

840

1255

1760

2201

2723

3119

3095

3349

3112

2931

2924

2656

2511

2276

2216

2031

1905

41776

 

West Northamptonshire Total Provision - DELIVERY

872

840

1299

1804

2244

2766

3162

3246

3438

3186

3016

3003

2735

2590

2339

2231

2011

1849

42631

 



 

B. Proposed Trajectory (based on delivery profile and requirement to meet need (where different) 2011-2029 by Northampton Related Development Area (NRDA) and Residuals for Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Council Areas


 

 

2011/

2012

2012/

2013

2013/

2014

2014/

2015

2015/

2016

2016/

2017

2017/

2018

2018/

2019

2019/

2020

2020/

2021

2021/

2022

2022/

2023

2023/

2024

2024/

2025

2025/

2026

2026/

2027

2027/

2028

2028/

2029

Totals 11-29

 
 

DDC - Excluding NRDA (DELIVERY and NEED)

145

98

264

350

462

465

561

590

580

470

450

450

430

425

325

300

310

310

6985

 

NRDA (DELIVERY and NEED)

423

516

785

1129

1392

1742

1981

2154

2418

2291

2130

2123

1875

1735

1600

1565

1370

1244

28473

 

SNC - Excluding NRDA (DELIVERY)

304

226

250

325

390

559

620

502

440

425

436

430

430

430

414

366

331

295

7173

 

SNC - Excluding NRDA (NEED)

304

226

385

385

385

386

386

351

351

351

351

351

351

351

351

351

351

351

6318

 

West Northamptonshire Total Provision - NEED

872

840

1434

1864

2239

2593

2928

3095

3349

3112

2931

2924

2656

2511

2276

2216

2031

1905

41776

 

West Northamptonshire Total Provision - DELIVERY

872

840

1299

1804

2244

2766

3162

3246

3438

3186

3016

3003

2735

2590

2339

2231

2011

1849

42631

 



Proposed Modification to include new ‘Projected Trajectory’ Graphs in Appendix 3 (see Proposed Modification MM 60 above)



Traj_1



Traj_2




Traj_NRDA

Ref

Page

Policy/Paragraph

Notes

ProposedMainModification

(see key to formatting at end of Appendix)

Reason for change

Could the Proposed Main Modification give rise to a new likely significant effect[14]

MM62

257

Glossary of
Terms

Additional Glossary definition for economic development. Factual update.

 

Insert the following new definition into Section 19.0 Glossary of Terms:

Economic development: Development, including those within the B Use Classes, public and community uses and main town centre uses (but excluding housing development).”

Factual update.

 

No.

Modification defines terminology in the JCS but will not, itself, lead to development.

 

MM63

257

Glossary of
Terms

Amended Glossary definition of High Speed 2.
Facutal update.

Update the HS2 definition as follows:

“High Speed 2 (HS2) – A fast rail route running initially between London and Birmingham, with later extensions to Leeds and Manchester, with the possibility of extension to Glasgow or the East Midlands.

 
Factual update. 

No.
Modification defines terminology in the JCS but will not, itself, lead to development.

 

MM64

258

Glossary of
Terms

As agreed at the Examination Hearing Session 13.

 

Amend the definition of Local Centre as follows:

“A centre that includes a range of small shops and services of a local convenience nature, serving a small catchment. They might typically include a small supermarket, a newsagent, a sub-post office, a pharmacy and take-away. and laundrette as defined in PPS4.

To ensure the definition is consistent with the words of the individual policies relating to Sustainable Urban Extensions.

 

No.

Modification defines terminology in the JCS but will not, itself, lead to development.

 

MM65

259

Glossary of
Terms

Additional Glossary definition for safeguarding. Factual update.

Insert the following new definition into Section 19.0 Glossary of Terms:

Safeguarding: This is a technical term for an established part of the planning system that protects large-scale infrastructure projects, such as roads or railways, from conflicting developments. It provides a statutory mechanism by which Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) must consult HS2 Ltd on new and undecided planning applications which fall within the safeguarded area and it provides HS2 Ltd with a statutory remit to comment on such applications. The safeguarding direction also puts in place statutory blight provisions whereby owners of land or property within the safeguarded area can serve a blight or purchase notice on the Secretary of State for Transport or Local Planning Authority respectively.”

 
Factual update. 

No.

Modification defines terminology in the JCS but will not, itself, lead to development.

 

MM66

262

Figures 2 and 3

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

Amend Figures 2 and 3 – The Key Diagram and Key Diagram Enlargement as follows:

1. Add the following new allocated sites:

  • Policy E8 – Northampton Junction 16 Strategic Employment Site
  • Policy N9A – Northampton Norwood Farm / Upton Lodge SUE

2. Include extended boundaries for the following allocated sites:

  • Policy N3 – Northampton North SUE
  • Policy N4 – Northampton West SUE
  • Policy N6 – Northampton South of Brackmills SUE

Amend Figure 2 to replace the Policy C2 notation with Policy C3 notation.

 

1. To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed needs work.
2. Factual correction.

 

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

 

MM66

266

Figure 4

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

Amend Figure 4 – Northampton Related Development Area Map as follows:

1. Add the following new allocated site:

  • Policy N9A – Northampton Norwood Farm / Upton Lodge SUE

2. Include extended boundaries for the following allocated sites:

  • Policy N3 – Northampton North SUE
  • Policy N4 – Northampton West SUE
  • Policy N6 – Northampton South of Brackmills SUE
 

To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed needs work.

 

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

 

MM67

267  Figure 5

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

Amend Figure 5 – West Northamptonshire Proposals Map – to include the
following:

  • NRDA Boundary
  • Neighbourhood Area
  • HS2 Safeguarded Area
  • Inset Maps 16 and 17
  • Indicative Structural Greenspace associated with SUE – to be shown in the Legend.

1. To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed needs work.

2. Factual update.

 

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

MM68

268 Inset 1

Factual update.

Added “HS2 Safeguarded Area”.

Factual update.

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

MM69

269 Inset 2

Factual update.

Added “HS2 Safeguarded Area”.

Factual update.

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

 

MM70

274 Inset 7

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

Extended “Northampton West SUE” boundary.
Amended Structural Greenspace associated with the SUE area.
Added “Neighbourhood Area”.

1. To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed needs work.

2. Factual update.

 

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

 

MM71

275 Inset 8

Factual update.

Added “Neighbourhood Area”

Factual update.

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

MM72

277 Inset 10

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

Extended “Northampton North SUE” boundary.
Amended Structural Greenspace associated with the SUE area
Added “Neighbourhood Area”.

1. To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed needs work.

2. Factual update.

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

MM73

278 Inset 11

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

Extended “Northampton South of Brackmills SUE” boundary.
Amended Structural Greenspace associated with the SUE area.
Added “Unbuilt development with planning approval in principle / planning permission”.

 

1. To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed needs work.

2. Factual update.

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

 

MM74

280 Inset 13

Factual update.

Added “Neighbourhood Area”. 

Factual update.

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

MM75

283 Inset 16

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

New Inset Map for “Northampton Norwood Farm / Upton Lodge”.

To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed needs work.

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

MM76

284 Inset 17

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

 New Inset Map for “Northampton Junction 16 Strategic Employment Site”.

To reflect the outcome of the objectively assessed needs work.

No.

Changes to map figures illustrate JCS policies which have been separately assessed in the HRA.

MM77

286 Figure 7

Factual correction

Special Protection Area Boundary corrected.

Factual correction

No.

HRA relied on external mapping sources for European site boundaries not those provided in JCS maps.

13. i.e. a likely significant effect which has not been previously assessed by the HRA of the Pre-Submission JCS, as amended by the HRA Addendum for the Proposed Changes JCS [back]
14. i.e. a likely significant effect which has not been previously assessed by the HRA of the Pre-Submission JCS, as amended by the HRA Addendum for the Proposed Changes JCS [back]

Key to formatting of policy text in Main Modification column:

Text to be added as part of the Main Modifications is shown as underlined italicised text.

Text to be deleted as part of the Main Modifications is shown as struck through italicised text.

Changes which are underlined or struck through but not italicised occurred between the Pre-Submission and Proposed Changes versions of the JCS.

 

 

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