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Planning Policy

West Northamptonshire Joint  Core Strategy 

The Joint Core Strategy (the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan), was adopted by the Joint Strategic Planning Committee on 15th December 2014.  Together with the remaining saved policies from the Daventry District Local Plan, it now forms the Development Plan.  Further information can be found on the Joint Planning Unit website.

This will be supplemented by policies in the Daventry Settlements and Countryside (part 2)  Local Plan. 


Daventry Settlements and Countryside Local Plan (part 2a)

This plan, together with the Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Local Plan form the part 2 plans for Daventry district. Further information is available here.


Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Local Plan (part 2b)

This plan, together with the Daventry Settlements and Countryside Local Plan form the part 2 plans for Daventry district. Further information is available here.


Daventry District Local Plan 1997

The Daventry District Local Plan was adopted in 1997. Some of the policies were saved by a Direction from the Secretary of State in 2007.  In December 2014 the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy was adopted and this replaced some of the saved policies. 


Further policies will be replaced in due course by Development Plan documents.


Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning has been introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and forms part of the statutory planning process.


Community Infrastructure Levy  

More details can be found here.

Frequently asked questions about the Levy and how it affects Developer and Householder applications can be found here.


Self and Custom  Build Register

Proposals to introduce eligibility requirements to enter onto the Custom and Self Build Register were agreed at Council in December.  Existing entrants on the register will be required to re-apply and the new eligibility criteria will need to be met.  There will also be a charge to apply to join the register.  The changes will commence on 1st January 2017.  Further details can be found here.


West Northampton Strategic Development Framework

The council has worked with Northampton Borough Council, South Northamptonshire Council and housebuilders to produce a framework for the production of masterplans for development on housing allocations on the western side of Northampton.  The document can be seen here.


Infrastructure and Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document

The Infrastructure and Developers Contributions SPD was adopted in October 2013. Some of the costs within the document increased from 1st January 2015.  You can view the associated documents online.


Supplementary Planning Documents/Guidance and Planning Briefs

These documents clarify and expand upon policies contained in the Local Plan.


Daventry 2040 Masterplan

A Masterplan has been prepared for Daventry Town. The Masterplan sets out a vision for

the town to 2040 and a framework for achieving that vision.


Annual Monitoring Reports

Planning authorities are required to prepare Annual Monitoring Reports (AMR) to monitor how

the Council is performing in implementing the Local Development Scheme (LDS), and progress

in achieving Local Plan aims and objectives. The Joint Authorities Monitoring report for 2014/15 can be viewed here or on the Joint Planning Unit website. 


Five year  Housing land supply and Housing Implementation Strategy

The third quarter monitoring report has now been published.

The Council published a report on housing land supply as at the 1st April 2017 which identified a 6.3 year supply.  More details can be found here.


Village Design Statements

The role of a Village Design Statement is to provide more detailed design guidance for a parish and to supplement the planning policies of the local planning authority.  They are prepared by Parish Councils, and following consultation they are adopted by the Council as Supplementary Planning Documents.


Conservation Areas

A Conservation Area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or

appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. 



Most of the publications can be viewed on line, but some older documents are not available in this format.  These documents can be purchased or viewed at DDC, Lodge Road, Daventry.


Northampton Growth Management Scheme

The Northampton Growth Management Scheme (NGMS) deals with the impacts of growth in and around

Northampton on the A45/M1 corridor.







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Latest updates

Biodiversity SPD


The Council adopted the Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document for Daventry District on 17th May 2017.

Housing Implementation Strategy - end of year report 9th May 2017

The Council has published the end of year report for the Housing Implementation Strategy – it can be viewed here.


Housing Land Availability Report


The Council has now published its annual report on housing land supply which is available to view here.  This report identified a 6.3 year supply as at 1st April 2017.


Consultation on Conservation Areas

13th March 2017


Consultation has now closed on the Harlestone and Moulton Conservation Areas

Neighbourhood Plans   

3rd March 2017


The District Council has formally designated the Neighbourhood Area for Clipston.  This enables Clipston Parish Council  to proceed with the preparation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan.   Under revised regulations since the Neighbourhood Area is the same as the parish area consultation on the designated area is no longer required.

Village Design Statements


17th May 2017

A revised Boughton Village Design Statement was adopted on 17th May 2017 and will now form a material consideration in decision making. This replaces an earlier version that was adopted in 2003.


Custom and Self Build

With effect from 1st January 2017 there are additional eligibility criteria which have to be met to enter onto the register and a fee will be charged.  You can apply to register your interest here.