Northampton Face Sheet

FOREWORD

Northampton is rapidly developing town - fortunate in having within its boundary a blend of old and new. It combines a historic town centre, former village communities, modern housing areas and a diverse range of employers with parks and open spaces which extend right into the heart of the town. It is an environment of which we are proud.

Almost thirty years ago Northampton was designated a new town and under the auspices of the Development Corporation, Northampton expanded significantly through the implementation of the Northampton Master Plan. The momentum of growth remains, but it is important to ensure that future development adds to the quality of the environment in Northampton. 

 

The adopted Local Plan forms the basis for all decisions relating to land use within the Borough. It reflects many comments and representations made during its preparation as well as taking on board the recommendations of a Planning Inspector appointed by the Department of Environment following a Public Inquiry into remaining objections. 

 

The Plan aims to guide the further expansion of Northampton. It seeks to conserve important open spaces, encourage a balanced mix of residential, business and leisure development and promote good sustainable transport initiatives.

In essence it seeks to produce an environment which enhances Northampton for the benefit of all.

 

In conclusion, I wish to pay tribute to the late Councillor Roger Alder who steered the Plan through the majority of its stages as chair of the Planning Committee. 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Terry Wire JP

Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee,

Northampton Borough Council

 

September 1997

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

SCHEDULE OF SAVED POLICIES (SEPTEMBER 2007)

 

1.    INTRODUCTION........................................................................ 1

 

2.    ENVIRONMENT......................................................................... 4

 

3.    HOUSING.................................................................................. 29

 

4.    BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY......................................................... 49

 

5.    TRANSPORTATION.................................................................... 66

 

6.    RETAIL...................................................................................... 85

 

7.    LEISURE AND TOURISM............................................................. 97

 

8.    DEVELOPMENT SITES................................................................. 123

 

9.    APPENDICES............................................................................. 137

 

 

 

Note:

Policies not Saved by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government are shown crossed out and in grey

 

 

 

DIRECTION UNDER PARAGRAPH 1(3) OF SCHEDULE 8 TO THE PLANNING AND
COMPULSORY PURCHASE ACT 2004


POLICIES CONTAINED IN THE NORTHAMPTON LOCAL PLAN ADOPTED JUNE 1997


The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in exercise of the power
conferred by paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 8 to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
directs that for the purposes of the policies specified in the Schedule to this direction, paragraph
1(2)(a) of Schedule 8 to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 does not apply.

 

 

 

 


Signed by authority of the
Secretary of State

 


Lesley Flint
Head of Housing, Planning &
Urban Policy
Government Office for the East Midlands
21 September 2007

POLICIES CONTAINED IN THE NORTHAMPTON LOCAL PLAN ADOPTED JUNE 1997

     POLICY     POLICY NAME / DESCRIPTION  

 

 

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E1     Landscape and open space    
E2     Riverside Landscape    
E4     Water Environment    
E6     Greenspace    
E7     Skyline Development    
E9     Locally important landscape areas    
E10     Hedgerows, trees and woodland    
E11     Hedgerows, trees and woodland    
E12     Hedgerows, trees and woodland    
E14     Corridors of travel    
E17     Nature Conservation    
E18     Sites of acknowledged nature conservation value    
E19     Implementing development    
E20     New development (design)    
E26     Conservation Areas: development and advertisements    
E28     Use of upper floor shops and other commercial premises    
E29     Shopping environment: new or replacement shop fronts    
E30     Shop front: external security protection    
E35     Advertisements: in conservation areas    
E36     Advertisement hoardings: express consent    
E38     Historic landscapes: nationally important ancient monuments / landscapes    
E39     Renewable energy    
E40     Crime and vandalism    

 

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H1     Sites for major new residential development    
H4     Sites for major new residential development    
H5     Sites for major new residential development    
H6     Other housing development: within primarily residential area    
H7     Other housing development: outside primarily residential area    
H8     Other housing development: list of sites    
H10     Other housing development: backland development    
H11     Other housing development: commercial property in primarily residential areas    
H14     Residential development, open space and children's play facilities    
H16     Housing for the elderly    
H17     Housing for people with disabilities    
H18     Extensions    
H21     Conversion to flats    
H23     Conversion to flats    
H24     Conversion to flats    
H26     Conversion to flats - floors above shops    
H28     Hostels    
H29     Residential institutions    
H30     Multi-occupation with a single dwelling
H31     Cumulative effect
H32     Affordable housing
H34     Gypsy caravan sites
H35     Childcare facilities

 

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B1 Land allocations for business and industry: proposed business areas
B2 Land allocations for business and industry: existing business areas
B3 Land allocations for business and industry: business developments
B4 Land allocations for business and industry: sites less than 1 hectare
B5 Development policies for proposed business areas: Brackmills, Milton Ham and Pineham
B6 Support services
B7 Brackmills: height considerations
B8 Northampton Cattlemarket
B9 Pineham and Milton Ham: landscaping zone
B10 Pineham and Milton Ham
B11 Milton Ham: height considerations
B13 Satisfactory residential environment
B14 Development for non-business uses in business areas
B17 Use of land for open storage, salvage and recycling
B19 Existing business premises in primarily residential area
B20 Working from home
B22 Small businesses: up to 200 sq. m.
B23 Repair and maintenance of vehicles
B31 Environmental impact of business development : new locality
B32 Environmental impact of business development : amelioration
B33 Environmental impact of business development : hazardous development
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T4 Proposals for main distributor and primary roads: impacts of major developments
T5 North West Bypass and town centre link
T11 Commercial uses in residential areas
T12 Development requiring servicing
T14 Public transport - rail corridors
T16 Taxi services
T22 Provision for persons with a disability

 

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R5 Town centre: Change of use
R6 Town centre:  primary shopping frontages
R7 Town centre: secondary shopping frontages
R9 District and Local centres: change of use from shops
R11 Shopping facilities / local centre in major residential development
R15 Car showrooms
R16 Retail sales from petrol filling stations
R17 Retailing from industrial premises

 

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L1 Existing recreational facilities
L2 Community use of existing schools and colleges
L3 Other existing local open space
L4 New local recreational land
L6 Maintenance of open space
L10 Bradlaugh Fields
L12 Motor sports and motorised water sports
L13 Local community facilities
L16 River Valley Policy Area
L17 Use of river and canal
L20 Managed countryside recreation: Upton Country Park
L24 Allotment gardens
L25 Alternative use of allotment land
L26 Leisure proposals: site specific
L29 River Valley Policy Area: provision of new facilities

 

 

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D1 Land adj Bedford Road & Liliput Road, Brackmills: employment
D4 Crow Lane (north): business or leisure
D6 Delapre Abbey: office and conference centre
D7 Duston Mill, Duston Mill Lane: hotel and leisure
D9 M1 Junction 15a / A43: suitable for single development with high standard of building design within a landscaped setting
D12 Land north west of Kings Heath
D13 Overstone Scout camping ground (off Billing Lane): residential or public house / hotel
D14 Pineham: business and housing
D16 St Edmund's Hospital: development guidelines given
D17 Southbridge area and power station site, Nunns Mills: residential, business and leisure
D20 Tweed Road (Pioneer Aggregates): development guidelines given
D22 Angel Street / Bridge Street: retail or office
D23 Castle Yard, St Andrew's Road: residential or business, safeguard future position of north west bypass
D26 Freeschool Street: high density residential or residential and office with retail on frontage to Marefair
D27 Lower Mounts: car park and leisure / residential
D28 St Andrews Street: residential and retail
D29 St Johns car park: residential, leisure and parking
D30 British Gas land, St Peter's Way: mix of leisure, retail and employment with a minor element of housing
D31 Victoria Street car park: office and car parking
D32 Western Island, Lady's Lane
D33 Wellington Street: office and retail
D35 York Road: business or residential
   

Northampton Local Plan Saved Policies

Policies which apply throughout the plan area and have been removed from the CAAP Area are as follows:

 E20  E29  E30 

 H14  H18

 B17  B20  B22  B23

T12 T16

 R15  R17 

 

Policies which apply throughout the plan area are as follows:

E28  E35  E36

H10  H16  H17  H21  H23  H24  H26  H28  H29 H35

B20 B33  T22 R16 L12