Work is set to start on two new local plans that will play an important role in shaping the future development of Daventry district.
On Thursday night last week Daventry district Ccuncillors approved the Local Development Scheme, a three-year programme to prepare and consult on two key planning policy documents for the district – the Settlements and Countryside Local Plan and the Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Local Plan.
The two plans follow on from the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy, which sets out the strategic approach to development in Daventry District up to 2029, such as overall housing and employment requirements.
The Settlements and Countryside Local Plan will determine how additional future rural and urban housing growth, identified in the Joint Core Strategy, will be distributed in Daventry district. It will also include policies that support employment and the rural economy, deal with sustainable development, infrastructure and climate change and protect and enhance the natural, built and historic environment.
The Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Local Plan will set out detailed planning policy and guidance for gypsy and traveller development up until 2029, necessarily identifying and allocating sites in the district to meet the needs of these groups.
Daventry District Council says it is keen to involve and engage local residents, communities, organisations and businesses in various stages of public consultation along the way. The first is due to take place in early 2016 – details on how to take part will be available nearer the time.
Cllr Alan Chantler, strategic planning portfolio holder said: “Following the adoption of the Joint Core Strategy last December, the council has an up-to-date local plan in place, as urged by the Government. However it is important to ensure that more detailed plans are in place to help inform decision making across the district.
“This three-year scheme will bring two important local plans to fruition and consultation with local residents, businesses and organisations will play a crucial part in their preparation.
“Many of our local communities are already actively engaging in the local planning process, with 20 parishes already preparing neighbourhood development plans, and we will be mindful of their content during this work.”
For more information about planning policy issues in Daventry District, visit http://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/planning-policy.