Borough Council of Wellingborough

Irchester Neighbourhood Plan Information


This is the sub-page for Irchester Neighbourhood Plan. This page will be continuously updated as the plan progresses and is the place to find information on the key stages of consultation, including how to comment, as well as emerging drafts of the plan and any accompanying documentation.

Information will be uploaded beneath the headings set out below as the plan progresses.

Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation

Application for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area

The application was advertised and comments were invited until 16th November 2012,  The following comments were received:

Following consideration of the application the Borough Council approved the designation of the parish of Irchester as the 'Irchester Neighbourhood Area'.

Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice

Irchester Neighbourhood Area Plan

BCW Determination on the need for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

In line with the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), BCW will assist Irchester Parish Council in identifying whether there is a requirement for SEA to provide clarity prior to the point of submission. Details of this process will be made available on this page in due course.


BCW Determination on the need for Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)

In line with BCW's duty to support Irchester Parish Council in determining whether any assessment of the impact of the plan on local habitats is required, consultation with Natural England will take place and a decision on the need for Appropriate Assessment (or otherwise) will be issued in due course.


Draft Plan for Regulation 14 (pre-submission) consultation purposes

A statutory consultation period ran from Friday 16 September 2016 until Friday 28th October 2016.

A copy of the plan is available below, all other background information can be accessed from the Neighbourhood Plan

Any comments were sent to Irchester Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group by email to: or by post to: NHP Draft Plan, Irchester Library, High Street, Irchester, Northants, NN29 7A

This consultation has now closed and responses are being collated and reviewed.

Draft Plan for Regulation 16 publicity

The submission documents of the Irchester, Knuston and Little Irchester Neighbourhood Plan have now been recieved by the council under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012;

 Further details about the process of preparing the plan and all the evidence base documents are available from the Neighbourhood Plan website:

Following receipt of the attached documentation the legality of the plan proposal was checked. The following confirmation was issued to Irchester Parish Council confirming that the plan is legal in every respect:

Signed Legal Check Letter

Consultation on the Regulation 16 Draft Irchester Neighbourhood Plan

A public consultation will run for six weeks between 10 January 2018 and 23 February 2018.

Copies of the submission documents will also be available to inspect at the council offices in Tithe Barn Road, Wellingborough and Irchester Library during normal opening hours.

You may respond to this consultation by any of the following methods:

  • Send us an E-mail to:
  • Write to us at: Planning Policy and Regeneration, Borough Council of Wellingborough, Swanspool House, Doddington Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1BP.
  • By using our consultation portal

All comments should be recieved by 5pm on 23 February 2018.

As part of your representation you may request to be notified of the final decision on whether the Neighbourhood Plan is formally 'made'.

For guidance or queries please contact Planning Policy at the Borough Council of Wellingborough on 01933 231926 or 01933 231520.

Next Steps

After this consultation has finished responses recieved will be made available and the plan will be submitted for independent examination and subsequently public referendum.

Information on the independent examination

Once the plan has completed Regulation 16 publicity it will be submitted for independent examination. Details of the timetable and procedure will be uploaded here.