Hearings to examine District’s Local Plan

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Daventry District’s new Local Plan will be examined by an independent planning inspector over the course of a series of public hearings starting this month.

Planning inspector Gareth Wildgoose will undertake the independent examination into the soundness of the Daventry District Settlements and Countryside (Part 2) Local Plan - a major policy document which sets out where new homes and businesses could go as well as identifying areas which should be protected.

The Plan, which has been shaped through input from key stakeholders including local residents, parish councils and businesses, was submitted to the Government in December and must now be examined to determine whether it complies with legal requirements and is ‘sound’ – meaning whether its policies are ‘positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy’.

During the examination the inspector may decide to recommend changes to the Plan to make it sound and the Council will need to consult on any significant changes. 

If the examination finds that the plan is sound then it can proceed to adoption, which must be voted on by the Council.

The first hearings are scheduled to take place in the Saxon Suite at Daventry Leisure Centre from Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 June, starting at 9.30am each day.

Further hearings will take place at the same venue from 25 to 27 June, with sessions again beginning at 9.30am.

Visits to sites allocated for housing and employment, and any other sites referred to during the hearings, will also be taking place.

Anyone is welcome to attend, however the ability to speak is limited to those who have been specifically invited to by the inspector.

Councillor Alan Chantler, Daventry District Council’s Strategic Planning Portfolio Holder said: “The examination is a key stage in the process of preparing this key strategic document for our District before it can be adopted. 

“It marks the culmination of nearly three years of preparations and consultation with our local communities and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved and given their feedback in the process to date. We look forward to these hearings and their outcomes.”

For more information, including the timetable for the hearings, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan