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Irchester Neighbourhood Plan Information


This is the sub-page for Irchester, Knuston and Little Irchester Neighbourhood Plan. The Irchester Neighbourhood Plan was officially made at the Full Council  meeting on the 16th October 2018.

This plan now becomes part of the Local Development Plan, and will be used in determining applications within or adjoining the Neighbourhood Plan area.

Final Made Irchester, Knuston and Little Irchester Neighbourhood Plan

The final made Irchester, Knuston and Little Irchester Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed here.

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.

Any comments were sent to Irchester Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group by email to: Irchesternhp@gmail.com 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 were 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 ran for six weeks between 10 January 2018 and 23 February 2018.

Copies of the submission documents were made available to inspect at the council offices in Tithe Barn Road, Wellingborough and Irchester Library during normal opening hours as well as from the council website.

The responses recieved during this consultation are available to view:

Regulation 16 responses

Information on the independent examination

In March 2018 the council appointed an external and independent examiner, Mr John Mattocks, to review whether the plan meets the basic condition tests (as described in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) and should therefore move forward to referendum.

During the exmination the Examiner raised a number of queries, these together with the response of the Parish Council as qualifying body are available below:

Irchester Neighbourhood Plan: Examination Documents List

Examiners Comments and Questions

Response to Examiner Comments and Questions

The Examiner's report was received on 1 May 2018.

Examiner's Report

The council has considered the examiners report and has issued a decision statement which confirms that, subject to a number of modifications to the plan, it can now proceed to referendum.

Decision Statement in respect of Irchester, Knuston and Little Irchester Neighbourhood Plan


A referendum will took place on 12 July 2018, full details are available here.


Following the passing of the plan through public referendum, the plan was taken to the Development Committee on the 17th September 2018. Full details and minutes of the meeting are available here.

Following agreement at the Development Committee the plan was formally made at Full Council on the 16th October 2018. Full details and minutes of the meeting are available here.