Local Plan Examination

Daventry Settlements and Countryside Part 2 Local Plan Examination  

Latest News - Publication of Inspector's Report


Daventry District Council submitted the Settlements and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) for Daventry District to the Secretary of State on the 19th December 2018. The Secretary of State appointed Gareth Wildgoose BSc (Hons) MSc MRTPI to conduct an independent examination of the Local Plan, hearings for which took place in June 2019.

The Council received the report of the Planning Inspector on the 10th January 2020. The Inspector concluded that with the recommended Main Modifications (consulted on between 23rd September and 4th November 2019), the Settlements and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) for Daventry District is sound and compliant with the legal requirements.

The Inspector's Report, incorporating the final schedule of Main Modifications, can be viewed below:

The Inspector's Report and his recommended Main Modifications will be considered by Strategy Group and Full Council in February 2020. The Schedule of Additional Modifications and changes to the policies maps will also be considered.


Main Modifications Consultation


Following the hearing sessions into the Local Plan, the Council prepared a number of Main Modifications which are considered necessary to make the Plan sound and have been agreed with the Inspector. They are put forward without prejudice to the Inspector's final conclusions and all representations made will be taken into account by the Inspector. The Main Modifications were considered and agreed for consultation by the Council's Strategy Group on the 12th September 2019.

The six week consultation on the Main Modifications and the associated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment closed on the 4th November. The representations to the Main Modifications have been submitted to the Inspector and can be viewed via the following link:


Tracked changes version of Submission Part 2 Local Plan

It should be noted that the tracked change version that was available during the consultation period contained a number of minor discrepancies when compared against the Schedule of Main Modifications. The Schedule of Main Modifications showed the correct wording. The discrepancies were in respect of MM5 (Policy RA6, criterion x); MM10 (para 7.1.08); MM11 (para 7.2.10); and MM32 (Appendix A, Objective 14)

The following document explains the nature of the discrepancies:


The corrected version of the tracked change Local Plan can be viewed below:


The consultation documents can be viewed below for information:


The Council has produced Additional Modifications which are minor changes that do not relate to the Plan's soundness. Representations to the Additional Modifications will not be forwarded to the Inspector and will be a matter for the Council to consider. The Additional Modifications can be viewed below:

Availability of documents

Hard copies of all the documents are available for inspection during normal opening hours at:

  • Daventry District Council Offices, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP

  • Brixworth Library, Spratton Road, Brixworth, NN6 9DS

  • Daventry Library, The Abbey, Market Street, Daventry, NN11 4XG

  • Long Buckby Library, Station Road, Long Buckby, NN6 7QB

  • Moulton Library, Moulton Community Centre, Reedings, Moulton, NN3 7AX

  • Woodford Halse Library, Village Hall, Woodford Halse, NN11 3RL

The Inspector 

Planning Inspector, Gareth Wildgoose BSc (Hons) MSc MRTPI, has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Daventry District Settlements and Countryside (Part 2) Local Plan.

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is: 

  1. Positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development)  
  2. Justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence)  
  3. Effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities) 
  4. Consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in National Planning Policy Framework).     

The Inspector has produced a Guidance Note which provides details of procedure and other aspects of the examination process.

In addition, a new edition of the Procedural Guidance for Local Plan Examinations has recently become available.

The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination. He will also act as a liaison between the Inspector, the Council and those with representations to make.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements will also be submitted through him.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

The Programme Officer's contact details are as follows:

Ian Kemp
PO Box 241

Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Email: idkemp@icloud.com 

Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable

Hearing Sessions will commence at 09.30am on Tuesday 11th June 2019 within the Saxon Suite of Daventry Leisure Centre, Lodge Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 4FP. 

The Programme for the Hearing Sessions, together with the Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions for discussion are now available.

Written Statements

Written statements that have been received in response to the Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions can be accessed via the link below:

Examination Library and Representations to Proposed Submission Local Plan   

In preparing the Plan the Council both refers to and was informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the examination. This has been compiled into an Examination Library which can be accessed below:


The following examination documents have been submitted to the Examination:

 The representations made to the Proposed Submission Local Plan can be viewed via the following link:

Hard copies of documents in the Examination Library and the representations can be viewed by contacting the Local Strategy Service, email planningpolicy@daventrydc.gov.uk or phone 01327 871100. 

Part 2 Local Plan webpage

The following link will take you to the Part 2 Local Plan web page where you can view the submission documents: