Whilst the Town Council considers and comments on all applications affecting the Town, the controlling authority is North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) who can choose to take on board or ignore our comments.
The Town Council's Planning Committee meets monthly to consider applications which NNC has consulted it on. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings and to put over a point of view about an application if they wish, bearing in mind that the Town Council is just a consultee.
The detail behind every planning application can be found on the North Northamptonshire Council website
The Town Council is responsible for drawing up any Neighbourhood Plans for its area, or part of its area, and submitting them for eventual adoption, after which they will tested by a government inspector and approved by a referendum of local people.
One plan is being drawn up now - the South West Kettering (Headlands) Area Neighbourhood Plan. The next section will describe where the plan is up to as it progresses.
If you believe that any part of Kettering would benefit from a neighbourhood plan, to protect or to improve the built and natural environment in your area, please contact the clerk for an initial discussion. email@example.com
South West Kettering (Headlands) Neighbourhood Plan
This plan is under preparation.
You can find more on the Headlands Group website:-
A "submission document" was agreed by the Council on 17th November 2021, which was the culmination of many years' work by local residents who drew up the plan with assistance from the planning authority (now North Northamptonshire Council).
The submission sets out the details of the plan and how it has been and will be consulted upon.
North Northamptonshire Council subsequently produced a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Opinion in accordance with regulation 9 of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 and examined the need for a Habitat Regulations Assessment in accordance with Article 6 of the European Habitats Directive 1992 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 1994. This assessment is attached below, along with the report.
A full suite of documents was submitted to North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) on 6th January 2022. NNC stated on the 11th January that the submission had met all the requirements and issued a legal compliance notification letter.
Next, NNC's Consultation and Engagement Team will publicise the Plan proposal on the NNC Consultation Hub, which will start a six week period that the plan will be available for representations to be made.
The Neighbourhood Plan Proposal is now live on the NNC Consultation Hub which you can access through this link:
The plan will be publicised until 11.59pm on Wednesday 23rd February
A series of documents are reproduced below - the first six comprise the package of documents that were submitted to NNC on the 10th January and the last two are NNC's legal compliance notification and checklist.
Headlands Neighbourhood Plan
Headlands Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Plan
Headlands Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement
SEA and HRA Screening report
SEA AND HRA Screening Determination
Kettering Conservation Area Appraisal 2007
Legal Compliance Notification Letter Jan. 2022
Legal Compliance Checklist