The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 came into force on the 6th August 2014. The regulations are designed to make local government bodies more transparent to their local communities.
Regulation 7 requires that certain types of officer decisions are recorded and made available to the public.
What we publish
The decisions that must be published are:
- A specific express delegation to an officer from the Council or Committee or
- A decision made for which the officer has a general delegated authority to make the decision and the effect of that decision is to:
- Grant a permission or licence; or
- Affect the rights of an individual; or
- Award a contract or incur expenditure which has a value of £50,000 or more.
The information that must be published is:
- The decision taken and the date it was taken;
- Reason(s) for the decision;
- If any alternative options were considered and rejected;
- A list of any background documents; and
- Where a decision has been taken under a specific delegated authority any conflict of interest a councillor has declared.
We have provided links to the published information below :
Planning Decisions (available via the online Planning portal)
- Planning decisions
- Weekly list
- Certificates of lawful use
- Tree preservation orders/High hedges
- Enforcement register
- Stop notices/S215
Planning decisions can also be found in the minutes and reports of the Planning Committee
Building Control (available online)
- Building control applications
- Weekly list
- Dangerous structures
- Unauthorised work
Officers have delegated authority to grant licences where the applicant meets the criteria set out in the Taxi and Private Hire Conditions of Licensing. Applicants who do not meet the criteria are referred to the Licensing Sub-Committee for decision. Licensing decisions can be found in the minutes and reports of the Licensing sub-committee
The following licenses are administered by the Northamptonshire Central Administration Unit and details of licences granted are available to view on the Public Register
- Licensing Act 2003 (e.g. sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment)
- Gambling Act 2005 (e.g betting shops, gaming machines , gambling premises, raffles / lottery registrations)
- House to House and Street Collection
- Environmental Health Licenses
Assets of Community Value
The introduction of the Localism Act 2011 provided a new right for residents to nominate certain local public or privately owned buildings or land for recognition as being an asset of community value.
A link to the list of nominated assets is below