Work on producing a new Local Plan to help guide and shape future development in Daventry District has taken a major step forward after councillors agreed for it to be independently examined.
At its meeting on Thursday, 6 December, Daventry District Council (DDC) gave the go-ahead for the Settlements and Countryside Local Plan Part 2 to be formally submitted for examination by a planning inspector, who will determine whether the document complies with legal requirements and is ‘sound’ (whether its policies are ‘positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy’) .
The Secretary of State will appoint the inspector to conduct the examination and hold a series of public hearings in to the Plan, which are expected to start taking place in spring next year.
The Local Plan Part 2 sets out where new homes and businesses could go, to best meet future need, as well as identifying areas which should be protected.
The decision made by DDC’s Full Council is the latest step in a preparation process which started almost three years ago.
Residents were consulted on issues and options for the Plan in early 2016, then asked to give their views on an Emerging Draft of the document during December 2017 into January 2018. The feedback was used to prepare a Proposed Submission version which was then consulted upon from August to October this year.
Councillor Alan Chantler, Daventry District Council’s Strategic Planning Portfolio Holder said: “Council’s decision to submit the Settlements & Countryside Local Plan for examination is an important step forward in preparing this key strategic document for our District.
“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 now look forward to the examination stage and its future outcomes.”
People can find out more about the Settlements and Countryside Local Plan Part 2, the process and all supporting background information at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan