The government has made some major changes to planning in recent years. New national Planning Policies were introduced in 2012 through the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
The council is responsible for producing local planning policies to supplement those at a national level, through the preparation of a local plan.
For Wellingborough, the local plan is made up of two parts:
- Part one: The North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS)
- Part two: The Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough (PBW)
The council adopted the Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough on the 26 February 2019, which replaces the policies currently in the Town Centre Area Action Plan (2009) and the saved policies from the Borough of Wellingborough Local Plan (1999-2004). The PBW also replaces the Site Specific Proposals Development Plan Document that reached preferred options consultation stage in 2010.
These documents were prepared before the National Planning Policy Framework was issued by Government and they have become dated in many respects. We need to respond to changes that have happened since these original plans were prepared.
The PBW includes local specific policies that will guide the future of the Borough over the next 15 years and will supplement the strategic policies in the North Northamptonshire JCS. The JCS was prepared by the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit and adopted in 2016.
The final Adopted Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough can be viewed here.
The Wellingborough Local Development Scheme (LDS) outlines the local plan procedures and documents in more detail.
A large evidence base supported the plan as it passes through the following stages:
This stage involved the setting out the scope of the plan, gathering evidence, identifying options and engaging with stakeholders.
This involved a minimum of 6 weeks consultation on the plan, together with a Sustainability Appraisal and the supporting evidence. At this stage representations were made in relation to legal compliance and soundness of the plan.
The Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough was Submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on the 30th January 2018. Further details are available on the above link.
This stage determined whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the legal requirements and whether it is sound.
The Inspector's Report was recieved by the council on the 20 November 2018. The final report can be viewed here.
This is the final action of the process that was concluded on the 26 February 2019, from which date the Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough officially supersedes previous policy documents.