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									Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options                               Section 1: Introduction




Ref  Respondent            Support   Oppose   Section           Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0022 J Pearton                       YES      1. Introduction           Consultation is a waste of time & money. The growth of the          Front-loading of consultation is fundamental to the
                                                                        area has already been decided by the Government.                    Soundness of Plans. Decisions on the level of growth
                                                                                                                                            at Core Strategy and local level will go through
                                                                                                                                            detailed consultation and an examination before they
                                                                                                                                            are decided as outlined in the adopted Statement of
                                                                                                                                            Community involvement.

0033 Stoke Albany Parish                      1. Introduction           Document too long and too full of extraneous information for        It is considered that the document was presented in
     Council                                                            them to be able to identify any significant proposals.              as clear and accessible format as possible, within
                                                                                                                                            town planning regulations and guidance.
                                                                        Considered broad principals appear to be appropriate.
0077 Buccleuch Property              YES      1. Introduction   1.1-    Buccleuch Property believes the POR needs to strike the          The suggested principles are contained throughout
                                                                1.5     correct balance between protection of the environment and        the Core Strategy and it is considered unnecessary
                                                                        delivery of increased levels of new growth if the ambitious      to add these additional principles.
                                                                        targets enshrined in the Regional Spatial Strategy for the East
                                                                        Midlands and the Government's Sustainable Communities Plan
                                                                        are to be realised. (Suggest additional 6 principles to underpin
                                                                        JCSS).
0077 Buccleuch Property              YES      1. Introduction   1.1-    Buccleuch Property considers that the JCSS should be                The suggested principles are contained throughout
                                                                1.5     amended to explicitly state the above principles.                   the Core Strategy and it is considered unnecessary
                                                                                                                                            to add these additional principles.

0123 Environment                              1. Introduction           It is not fully clear how the process of Sustainability Appraisal   The process of Sustainability Appraisal has
     Agency                                                             has influenced the selection of preferred options on                significantly influenced the Submission Strategy, and
                                                                        environmental grounds, particularly in terms of the alternative     Sustainability Appraisal's comments on the Preferred
                                                                        „directions of growth‟. Section 2.15 of the Sustainability          Options have informed the Submission Strategy.
                                                                        Appraisal refers to alternatives for the spatial strategy for the
                                                                        North Northamptonshire area
0145 Northamptonshire                         1. Introduction           Northamptonshire Churches are committed to putting people,          Objectives 6 and 8 make specific reference to
     Churches                                                           their interests and needs, including spiritual needs at the heart   communities as part of new development. Section 4
                                                                        of the new developments                                             'Building Sustainable Communities' provides
                                                                                                                                            guidance on the range of facilities that should be
                                                                                                                                            incorporated within development which will enhance
                                                                                                                                            community spirit.
0148 GOEM                                     1.Introduction    1.3     Para 1.3 would have been clearer if it had said:          The Submission Strategy has provided clearer
                                                                        “the JPU can provide copies or it can be accessed via the guidance on how the Strategy can be viewed to
                                                                        following website link: www.nntogether.co.uk”             reflect the wording suggested.




February 2007                                                                                                                                                                                       1
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options                             Section 1: Introduction




Ref  Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section           Para No Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0148 GOEM                                   1. Introduction           Paragraph 2.10 of PPS12 states that the Core Strategy should       It is considered that paragraphs 1.18 & 1.19 of
                                                                      have regard to the community strategy. You may wish to             Section 1 sufficiently outlines how the Submission
                                                                      consider outlining how your core strategy has regard to the        Strategy has taken forward the Community
                                                                      community strategy during the submission document.                 Strategies, and further information would be too
                                                                                                                                         prescriptive. The Vision, Objectives and subsequent
                                                                                                                                         spatial strategy reflect the Community Strategies,
                                                                                                                                         and the LSPs have been important stakeholders in
                                                                                                                                         the formulation of the Strategy, to give guidance on
                                                                                                                                         consistency.


0148 GOEM                                   1. Introduction           You may wish to consider detailing in the final core strategy      Paragraphs 1.15 -1.17 make reference to how the
                                                                      document how it impacts on other regional/local initiatives or     Strategy impacts on other regional/local initiatives
                                                                      strategies.                                                        and strategies.
0187 The Country Land                       1. Introduction   1.6     Ensure that there is sufficient baseline data and information to   This is a key component of the monitoring framework
     and Business                                                     make sustainability appraisal useful and also inform               set out in Section 5 of the Strategy.
     Association (CLA)                                                subsequent monitoring and policy reviews.




February 2007                                                                                                                                                                                   2
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options     Section 2: The Context for the Preferred Options


Ref  Respondent         Support   Oppose   Section    Para No Summary of Representation                                               JPU Response
No
0012 Andrew Granger &                      2                    There seems to be no mention of design of buildings which             The Design of Buildings was referenced through the
     Co                                                         should be part of the strategy.                                       Preferred Options document, particularly Section 4.
                                                                                                                                      Sustainable design is a key component of the
                                                                                                                                      Submission Strategy and is reflected in Policy 14
                                                                                                                                      General Sustainable Development Principles.


0018 Mrs Tamsin                            2          2.1 & 2.3 I implore that the Joint Planning Committee consider all              The Submission Strategy reflects the sequential
     Edwards                                                    aspects of the environmental impact that covering vast areas          approach in RSS8 taken forward in its Review, with
                                                                of the area in a huge swathe of concrete will have!                   an initital emphasis on Brownfield land and Urban
                                                                                                                                      Capacity reflected in Policy 10. To comply with
                                                                                                                                      MKSM SRS requirements, there is a need for
                                                                                                                                      significant Greenfield development. The NN Urban
                                                                                                                                      Extensions Study, has assessed potential locations
                                                                                                                                      for Urban Extensions against a range of criteria
                                                                                                                                      including accessibility to services, transport
                                                                                                                                      infrastructure and having few environmental
                                                                                                                                      constraints, that can be mitigated against.


0022 J Pearton                    YES      2                    Consultation is a waste of time & money. The growth of the            Front-loading of consultation is fundamental to the
                                                                area has already been decided by the Government.                      Soundness of Plans. Decisions on the level of growth
                                                                                                                                      at Core Strategy and local level will go through
                                                                                                                                      detailed consultation and an examination before they
                                                                                                                                      are decided as outlined in the adopted Statement of
                                                                                                                                      Community involvement.

0035 CPRE               YES                           2.5       This sums up the priorities well. We applaud the emphasis on          Sustainable and high quality design are fundamental
     Northamptonshire                                           “high standards of design” and the need to maintain built and         within the Submission Strategy and are reflected in
                                                                natural character, but think that this should be stressed more in     Policy 14. As an overall part of the general
                                                                the actual strategies proposed later, especially in relation to the   development principles, these will need to taken into
                                                                villages and market towns.                                            consideration for all development proposals within
                                                                                                                                      North Northamptonshire.


0035 CPRE               YES                           2.5       We also think that high standards of design should be                 Sustainable and high quality design are fundamental
     Northamptonshire                                           mentioned in relation to all development, including civic             within the Submission Strategy and are reflected in
                                                                buildings which themselves set a standard.                            Policy 14. As an overall part of the general
                                                                                                                                      development principles, these will need to taken into
                                                                                                                                      consideration for all development proposals within
                                                                                                                                      North Northamptonshire.




February 2007                                                                                                                                                                                 3
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options                  Section 2: The Context for the Preferred Options


Ref  Respondent           Support   Oppose   Section               Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0068 Wilcon Homes         YES                Context for the       2.5     We support the bullet-point objectives set out in Paragraph 2.5 Noted. These aspects have been taken forward in
                                             Preferred Options             in particular acknowledging the need for major increase in        the Submission Strategy both within the Objectives
                                                                           housing provision and commensurate support for economic           and the policy framework to implement them.
                                                                           growth and continued diversification into knowledge-based
                                                                           sectors. Support the objectives of urban focus in distribution of
                                                                           new development in principle and the need to support growth
                                                                           with appropriate levels of additional infrastructure in
                                                                           accordance with the principles of sustainable development.
                                                                           Strongly support the objective to create sustainable
                                                                           communities ensuring a balance of economic, environmental,
                                                                           social and cultural infrastructure.

0072 Stamford Homes                 YES      2                     2.1     Reference to natural resources being 'unimpaired' is not clear      As stated in the Preferred Options, this reference is
                                                                           since such resources, e.g. natural gas, oil and other energy        contained in the Government's five guiding principles
                                                                           supplies, will normally be depleted over the time of the Plan.      of sustainable development set out in "Securing the
                                                                                                                                               Future- delivering UK sustainable development
                                                                                                                                               strategy" and it has not been necessary to make
                                                                                                                                               specific reference in the Core Strategy.


0075 English Heritage               YES                            2.1     It is vital that the concept of „environmental limits‟ (capacity)   This approach has underpinned the Strategy, being
                                                                           underlies the development of the strategy for growth in this        informed by a robust evidence base and is reflected
                                                                           area.                                                               in Sections 3 and 4.
0075 English Heritage     YES                                      2.1     We are satisfied that the environmental assessment that has       Noted.
                                                                           been undertaken is appropriate for the initial strategic decision
                                                                           making stage regarding the general directions of growth for the
                                                                           urban extensions.
0077 Buccleuch Property                      2. The Context for    2.1-    Buccleuch Property is supportive of the overarching aims of         The policy context for the Core Strategy is outlined in
                                             the Preferred         2.8     RSS 8 and it is worth restating the key themes of MKSM              Section 1. It is considered unecessary and contary to
                                             Options                       Northamptonshire Policy 4/RSS 8 for Corby, Kettering and            guidance to repeat these policies.
                                                                           Wellingborough which are required to be implemented in the
                                                                           JCSS and ulimately through individual LDFs.




February 2007                                                                                                                                                                                            4
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options              Section 2: The Context for the Preferred Options


Ref  Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section             Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0088 Catesby Property              Yes      The Context For the 2.6     Whilst we support the strategy for the main urban development       The Submission Strategy does not propose a
     Group                                  Preferred Options           focusing on the three key towns of Corby, Kettering and             complete restriction on development in the smaller
                                                                        Wellingborough, there should not be a complete restriction on       towns and villages. This is illustrated in Section 3
                                                                        further development within the smaller towns and villages. The      Policies 1 and 11 and Table 1 Settlement Roles of
                                                                        strategy needs to support and help maintain the smaller             the Strategy.
                                                                        settlements, which a complete restriction on future                 It is considered that this approach will ensure that
                                                                        development would not do.                                           although the smaller towns, individually, are more
                                                                                                                                            self-sufficient and have more facilities to serve the
                                                                                                                                            local population, they benefit from development at
                                                                                                                                            the growth towns, and the other smaller towns,
                                                                                                                                            ensuring that North Northamptonshire is more self-
                                                                                                                                            sufficient as a whole. To support this, the Strategy
                                                                                                                                            promotes a better, more comprehensive public
                                                                                                                                            transport network between the smaller towns and the
                                                                                                                                            Growth towns.


0108 Peterborough City                      2                           Page 5, para 2.4 - East Midlands RSS does not set out a             Section 1, para 1.21 of the Strategy now reflects the
     Council                                                            spatial vision or guidance for the MKSM sub-region (which           housing figures from 2021-2026 that are set out in
                                                                        includes North Northamptonshire) to the year 2031. The very         the emerging review of the Regional Strategy.
                                                                        first word in the sub-chapter on „Growth to 2031‟ (p61, para22,
                                                                        RSS8) is „provisional‟.
0108 Peterborough City                      2                           Page 7, para 2.7 - talk of acknowledging the proposals made     Any changes will be reflected in reviews of the Core
     Council                                                            for adjoining areas and integrating them with proposals for     Strategy.
                                                                        North Northamptonshire, however, as the review of the East
                                                                        Midlands RSS only covers up until the year 2026 and the
                                                                        adopted RSS for the East Midlands region and the draft RSS
                                                                        for the East of England region only covered until 2021, how can
                                                                        any future figures beyond these dates have any real certainty
                                                                        or validity?
0110 Northamptonshire                       The Context For The 2.1     It is surprising therefore, that no effort is made to note either   The Strategy has reflected these strategies and
     Chamber                                Preferred Options           the Regional Economic Strategy (RES) or the Sub Regional            where appropriate they are referenced in the
                                                                        Economic Strategy (SRES) which are formulated by the East           Submission Core Strategy.
                                                                        Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) and the
                                                                        Northamptonshire Partnership (NP) respectively.

0110 Northamptonshire    Yes                The Context For The 2.1     “transport linkages and healthcare provision are particular         Noted. This reference has been taken forward in the
     Chamber                                Preferred Options           issues that cross over administrative boundaries”.                  Submission Strategy.




February 2007                                                                                                                                                                                       5
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options               Section 2: The Context for the Preferred Options


Ref  Respondent         Support   Oppose   Section              Para No Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0110 Northamptonshire                      The Context For The 2.1      We feel it is essential that the document explicitly articulates   North Northamptonshire Development Company will
     Chamber                               Preferred Options            both a requirement and an intention for North                      work closely with the WNDC. The West
                                                                        Northamptonshire to collaborate with the West                      Northamptonshire authorities have been consulted
                                                                        Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) and                through the preparation of the Core Strategy to
                                                                        ensure that changes in each half of the county are not divorced    ensure cross-boundary issues have been fully
                                                                        from each other. It is vital for the spatial plan to have this     assessed and addressed.
                                                                        countywide awareness as, via the vehicles such as Invest and
                                                                        Explore Northamptonshire and others with a countywide
                                                                        agenda.

0118 Duchy of Lancaster Yes                The Context &                Context & Portrait of North Northamptonshire                       Noted. This has been taken forward in the
                                           Portrait of North                                                                               Submission Strategy, although the spatial portrait
                                           Northamptonshire                                                                                has been simplified.
0125 Bloor Homes                           The Context For the 2.5      We note that the options documents identifies the objectives in    The North Northamptonshire HMA has informed the
                                           Preferred Options            the MKSMSS as a starting point for its proposals. However the      Strategy as to the affordable housing requirements in
                                                                        list provided does not include the ambition to meet housing        the area and this is reflected in Policy 16. The
                                                                        needs for the whole community in line with Strategy Policy 3 of    Submission Strategy allows suitable development in
                                                                        MKSMSS and the advice set out in PPG3, PPG 7 and PPS3.             the rural areas to meet a clearly identified local need,
                                                                        This approach also seems inconsistent with other comments in       reflecting the hierarchy of the RSS and its review.
                                                                        the options such as those given at paragraphs 4.3 and 4.8.


0134 David Wilson                          Context for the              General support, however there are concerns that the               It is considered that the Strategic approach reflects
     Estates                               Preferred Options            Preferred Options that have now been identified, in as much as     the guidance of RSS8 and its review. The Strategy
                                                                        they relate to the towns of East Northamptonshire, do not          seeks to ensure more holistic development across
                                                                        reflect the guidance of RSS8, as amended by the MKSM SRS.          the towns in East Northamptonshire to contribute to
                                                                                                                                           their regeneration needs as part of a balanced
                                                                                                                                           network of centres.


0148 GOEM                                                       2.4     The word limiting in Paragraph 2.4 sounds quite negative.          This paragraph was intended to clarify to readers of
                                                                                                                                           the Preferred Options the limits that the RSS places
                                                                                                                                           on the Strategy, particularly in relation to the
                                                                                                                                           distribution of development. It was not intended to be
                                                                                                                                           a negative statement.
0148 GOEM                                                       2.7     Paragraph 2.7 should include the emerging Minerals Local           Paragraph 1.15 of the Submission Strategy makes
                                                                        Plan.                                                              reference to the adopted Minerals Local Plan.




February 2007                                                                                                                                                                                         6
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options              Section 2: The Context for the Preferred Options


Ref  Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section               Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0148 GOEM                                   2                             Paragraph 2.10 of PPS12 states that the Core Strategy should          It is considered that paragraphs 1.18 & 1.19 of
                                                                          have regard to the community strategy. You may wish to                Section 1 sufficiently outline how the Submission
                                                                          consider outlining how your core strategy has regard to the           Strategy has taken forward the Community
                                                                          community strategy during the submission document.                    Strategies, and further information would be
                                                                                                                                                unnecessary. The Vision, Objectives and
                                                                                                                                                subsequent spatial strategy reflect the Community
                                                                                                                                                Strategies, and the LSPs have been important
                                                                                                                                                stakeholders in the formulation of the Strategy, to
                                                                                                                                                give guidance on consistency.

0148 GOEM                                   2                             You may wish to consider detailing in the final core strategy         Paragraphs 1.15 - 1.17 make reference to how the
                                                                          document how it impacts on other regional/local initiatives or        Strategy impacts on other regional/local initiatives
                                                                          strategies.                                                           and strategies.
0148 GOEM                                   2                             Policy themes in the final core strategy document could include These policy themes have been taken forward in the
                                                                          community and local service needs and identification of broad Submission Strategy as part of policies 5, 6, 14 and
                                                                          areas for environmental protection.                             17.

0168 Persimmon Homes Yes                    The Context For The           Our client supports the identification of Oundle as a rural           Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     (East Midlands)                        Preferred Options             service centre and along with Thrapston and Raunds the                Submission Strategy.
                                                                          location for infrastructure improvements to promote improved
                                                                          accessibility between these centres and their smaller
                                                                          dependent villages.
0168 Persimmon Homes Yes                    The Context For The 5.19 -    Infrastructure investment as suggested in Objective Nine and          Policy 1 and Table 1 have sought to clarify the role of
     (East Midlands)                        Preferred Options   5.20      the Preferred Option: Strategic Connections. This is aimed at         the villages and rural areas in North
                                                                          major growth in the growth towns and in particular the A14            Northamptonshire and the distribution of
                                                                          improvements This position could be clarified with respect to         development set out in Policy 11 and Table 5.
                                                                          the modest growth and infrastructure improvement to be
                                                                          provided for the rural areas.


0176 S.T.O.P                                The Context For The           Although the Preferred Options paper draws together a number          The Submission Strategy, has been informed by a
                                            Preferred Options             of consultants‟ reports, the proposal is fundamentally flawed by      substantial Evidence Base, which has assessed
                                                                          lack of consideration of Kettering‟s inadequate infrastructure for    current infrastructure and capacity constraints,
                                                                          its present population.                                               including a utilities study and water cycle study and
                                                                                                                                                this has informed Section D Delivering
                                                                                                                                                Infrastructure as part of Section 3.
0179 Kettering Chamber             Yes      The Context For The 2.5       The projected growth in population of 90,000, homes 52,100,           The economic section of the Strategy reflects the
     of Trade &                             Preferred Options             yet with only 43,800 new jobs indicates that this is                  requirement to build on existing strengths and
     Commerce                                                             INCOMPATIBLE with the stated aims. Failure to provide                 diversify the economy. Policy 9 outlines the
                                                                          sufficient jobs, and to increase the quality of skills, will have a   emphasis on improving skills.
                                                                          negative impact upon existing town centres and the local
                                                                          economy as a whole.




February 2007                                                                                                                                                                                             7
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options              Section 2: The Context for the Preferred Options


Ref  Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section               Para No Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0179 Kettering Chamber                      The Context For The 2.5       Commuters do NOT spend the same high proportion of                 The economic section of the Strategy reflects the
     of Trade &                             Preferred Options             disposable income locally as resident workers do – leading to      requirement to build on existing strengths and
     Commerce                                                             an imbalance between daytime and night time economies in           diversify the economy. Policy 9 outlines the
                                                                          town centres. Midland Mainline commuter services are already       emphasis on improving skills.
                                                                          operating at or near capacity – due to the repeated refusal of
                                                                          governments to fund/sanction a) electrification and/or b)
                                                                          improved signalling to increase capacity on the line between
                                                                          London and Yorkshire, serving the area. Failure to include
                                                                          significant NEW HE/FE provision and skills training in this area
                                                                          of key objectives indicates a lack of commitment to address
                                                                          these issues.

0186 Salvation Army                         The Context For The           Are we assured of full government support? Will the cost be        It is anticipated that infrastructure/costs will be
                                            Preferred Options             met from central funds, local funding, developers or a             obtained from a number of sources including those
                                                                          combination?                                                       mentioned. The recently established North Northants
                                                                                                                                             Development Company will play a key role in
                                                                                                                                             obtaining funding to deliver key infrastructure to
                                                                                                                                             support the growth.
0187 The Country Land                                             2.5     It is noted that in this section it would appear that the preferred As these figures are set out in the RSS, the Strategy
     and Business                                                         options only deal with the direct impact of 52,100 houses and has to deal with these figures directly.
     Association (CLA)                                                    43,800 jobs that will be coming to Northamptonshire between
                                                                          2011 and 2021. Some of these dwellings will be
                                                                          accommodated within the existing urban areas with the
                                                                          remainder likely to be situated on the fringe of the existing
                                                                          towns.
0187 The Country Land                                             2.5     There is no account taken of the impact on the wider rural area    Impact on the landscape and the environment has
     and Business                                                         and how the urban fringe will be dealt with to ensure that the     been a fundamental criteria in assessing the
     Association (CLA)                                                    new development sits well and does not lead to urban fringe        locations for Urban Extensions in the Strategy.
                                                                          problems. High quality solutions need to be built to ensure a      Similarly, Policy 14 seeks to ensure that new
                                                                          quality boundary to new and existing development.                  development is designed, and located to minimise
                                                                                                                                             visual impact.
0187 The Country Land                                             2.5     There is no mention as to the scope for accommodating any of Identification of specific development within villages,
     and Business                                                         this development within the existing villages and what the   will be the responsibility of the Site Specific DPDs to
     Association (CLA)                                                    impact of this development might be regardless or not of     be prepared by the districts.
                                                                          whether villages form part of the strategic approach to
                                                                          delivering this growth.




February 2007                                                                                                                                                                                         8
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options      Section 2: The Context for the Preferred Options


Ref  Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section    Para No Summary of Representation                                        JPU Response
No
0187 The Country Land                                  2.5     Farmers and landowners are no longer paid just to produce        As a large proportion of North Northamptonshire is
     and Business                                              food but also to manage the countryside. Over many years the     rural, the Strategy has considered the opportunities
     Association (CLA)                                         government has encouraged farmers to diversify and provide a     presented by the rural areas. It has sought to retain
                                                               number of business and leisure opportunities. Any spatial        the viability of rural areas, within the hierarchical
                                                               strategy covering development should deal with the impact of     framework of the RSS. More specific policy coverage
                                                               that development on the rural areas and also the opportunity     would duplicate national and regional guidance.
                                                               that the rural areas can provide particularly in relation to
                                                               business, tourism, leisure, housing and the environment. To
                                                               not take account of the potential offered by the rural area is
                                                               likely to make the preferred options unbalanced.




February 2007                                                                                                                                                                           9
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options          Section 3: The Portrait of North Northamptonshire




Ref  Respondent         Support Oppose   Section   Para No Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0013 Weekley Parish                                3.4       The strategic road to N of Kettering is fundamental to any      Paragraph 3.29 outlines that the provision of a distributor road
     Council                                                 future development- thus completing the 'Ring Road' around      to the east of Kettering, linking between the A43 Northern By-
                                                             Kettering. 20 mph speed limit in villages close to this road-   pass and a new junction on the A14 may be brought forward
                                                             Weekley & Warkton. Lorries to be banned through Weekley.        as part of the proposed sustainable urban extension providing
                                                                                                                             that environmental issues can be adequately addressed.
                                                                                                                             Policy 3 states that the sustainable urban extension East of
                                                                                                                             Kettering should safeguard the potential for an eastern
                                                                                                                             distributor road linking the A43 Northern By-pass and a new
                                                                                                                             junction on the A14.



0016 AJ Smith                            3         3.19      The phrase "affordable housing" is not defined anywhere in      Affordable housing is an important component of the Spatial
                                                             the document, yet it is a key element of the plan.              Strategy and is specifically referred to in Policy 16. The North
                                                                                                                             Northamptonshire HMA has informed the Submission
                                                                                                                             Strategy as to the affordable housing requirements of the
                                                                                                                             area, to ensure this issue is fully and robustly addressed.


0016 AJ Smith                            3         3.21      From first hand experience I do not agree that ….. The main     Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be recognised
                                                             urban areas have good access to health facilities.              that the delivery of this infrastructure is dependent on
                                                                                                                             partnership working between a variety of public and private
                                                                                                                             sector agencies. The Core Strategy, the infrastructure
                                                                                                                             requirements within it should inform the investment strategies
                                                                                                                             of key agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                             service providers, including health services, to ensure that
                                                                                                                             capacity is increased to cater for expanding population.

                                                                                                                             The housing trajectory within the Plan has been informed by a
                                                                                                                             substantive evidence base, including Transport modelling
                                                                                                                             work and an outline Water Cycle Study and is set out in
                                                                                                                             Figure 11 of the Plan. Any delays in providing key strategic
                                                                                                                             infrastructure, or identifying acceptable interim solutions, will
                                                                                                                             result in development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                             referred to in Policy 7.



0035 CPRE               YES                        3.3       The emphasis on Environmental Character is strongly             Noted. This is reflected in Policy 14 and its supporting text.
     Northamptonshire                              8.9       supported.                                                      This issue is also dealt with in the emerging Sustainable
                                                   8.10                                                                      Design SPD prepared by the JPU.




February 2007                                                                                                                                                                                    10
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options                    Section 3: The Portrait of North Northamptonshire




Ref  Respondent         Support Oppose   Section             Para No Summary of Representation                                                 JPU Response
No
0035 CPRE                                                    3.19      We welcome the reference to affordable housing but remain               The North Northamptonshire HMA has informed the Strategy
     Northamptonshire                                        7.5       concerned that there is little sign that this is to be addressed        as to the affordable housing requirements in the area.
                                                             Table 2   properly, particularly in villages.                                     Affordable housing is referred to in Policy 16, and its
                                                                                                                                               supporting text (para 4.21 makes reference to rural areas).
                                                                       If the consultation as reported here is strong on meeting local
                                                                       needs for housing in rural settlements, then let the issue of
                                                                       integrating affordable housing into villages be addressed in the
                                                                       Plan by providing services and infrastructure in those villages
                                                                       which facilitate low cost living with minimal need for transport
                                                                       elsewhere.

0057 Northamptonshire          YES                           3.18      Line 6 insert the word “sporting” into the sentence as follows “        Paragraph 3.36 makes specific reference to open space,
     Sport                                                             There are, however, gaps in the provision of sporting leisure           sport and recreation being essential elements of sustainable
                                                                       and cultural facilities…”                                               communities. These aspects are also incorporated within
                                                                                                                                               Policies 5 and 14.
0075 English Heritage          YES       Portrait            3.3       It is disappointing that this says very little about the high quality   The Vision refers to protecting North Northamptonshire's
                                                                       historic and natural environment of much of the area                    valuable built natural resources. The historic and natural
                                                                       (paragraph 3.3). The high quality of the existing environment is        environment is referred to in Sections 3 and 4 of the Strategy.
                                                                       a considerable asset for the area and should be properly                Policy 14 refers to the need to protect and enhance such
                                                                       described in the Core Strategy.                                         assets.
0080 National Trust            Yes       Portrait of North   3.1-3.22 Lack of an adequate enviromental dimension                               The Submission Strategy incorporates a significant
                                         Northamptonshire                                                                                      environmental dimension which underpins the Strategy.
0085 Persimmon Homes                     Portrait of North   3.13      New employment at Desborough and Rothwell would stimulate Noted. The specific identification and allocation of
                                         Northamptonshire              regeneration and investment in the towns as well as securing employment sites within Kettering Borough will be identified in
                                                                       a more balanced and sustainable community.                   the Site Specific DPDs to be prepared by Kettering Borough
                                                                                                                                    Council.
0088 Catesby Property          Yes       Portrait of North   3.19      A number of the settlements have a significant requirement for          Affordable housing is an important component of the Spatial
     Group                               Northamptonshire              affordable housing, therefore in order to meet this and the             Strategy. The North Northamptonshire HMA has informed the
                                                                       general housing requirement, sites within and adjacent to               Submission Strategy as to the affordable housing
                                                                       existing settlements boundaries will be required to be                  requirements of the area, and these are outlined in Policy 16.
                                                                       developed.




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Ref  Respondent          Support Oppose   Section                Para No Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0088 Catesby Property           Yes       Portrait of North      3.2 3.3   In the context of the network of settlements, Earls Barton is of   The North Northamptonshire Market Towns & Rural
     Group                                Northamptonshire                 similar size to a number of the other settlements that are         Regeneration Study concluded that Earls Barton was not
                                                                           classified as Local Service Centres, Rural Service Centres or      suitable for a Local Service Centre due to its close proximity
                                                                           Smaller towns and is located on the strategic network link of      to Northampton and Wellingborough and the apparent lack of
                                                                           the A45. Therefore Earls Barton should be given greater            villages that are likely to rely on it to any great extent for
                                                                           significance as a settlement, with potential to accomodate         access to services or jobs.
                                                                           limited residential development. Figure 2 also shows a
                                                                           strategic gap between Wellingborough and Northampton
                                                                           within the Earls Barton area. Development to the south west of
                                                                           Earls Barton would not prevent a strategic gap being
                                                                           maintained to the south west of Wellingborough.


0149 Jeffrey A Best                       3. Portrait of North   3.2       Question 'Sharp transition between the Countryside and the         The Spatial Portrait has been streamlined and no longer
                                          Northamptonshire       3.3       neighbouring growth towns of (Kettering) and Corby.'               makes this reference. It is considered that the Portrait and
                                                                           Corby is distinctive in incorporating significant tracts and       subsequent Vision and Objectives and policies to deliver
                                                                           quality of Rockingham Forest Natural and Cultural History          these fully recognise North Northamptonshire's environmental
                                                                           landscape within the Urban Envelope.                               assets.

0170 Rutland County                       Figure 1                         Omits to indicate linkages to north-west of Corby towards    The A6003 and A47 are shown on Figure 1. This diagram
     Council                                                               Rutland Water, Uppingham, Oakham, etc as pointed out in this illustrates linkages/relationship to the north-west of Corby.
                                                                           Council‟s previous comments. There are important road and
                                                                           rail linkages to the north-west of North Northamptonshire
                                                                           towards Rutland and areas beyond (e.g. the A6003 and A47)
                                                                           which are conspicuous by their absence from the diagram.
                                                                           The Diagram should include these.


0179 Kettering Chamber          Yes       Portrait of            3.1       Regional location is not an asset. Northamptonshire‟s postion      As a spatial plan, the Strategy has to take account of the
     of Trade &                           Northamptonshire                 on the southern edge of the East Midlands Region has               relationships that North Northamptonshire has with adjacent
     Commerce                                                              frequently led to it being marginalized in regional planning and   areas, particularly as part of the growth area. This specific
                                                                           funding. At the same time it has not benefitted from               reference has been removed from the Spatial Portrait,
                                                                           government funding formulae which give neighbouring                although it refers to these relationships.
                                                                           counties in the East of England and South East Regions.
                                                                           Similar marginalization due to media boundaries which do not
                                                                           coincide with governemnt administrative regions (East
                                                                           Midlands or Anglia) further muddy identity and focus




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Ref  Respondent          Support Oppose   Section            Para No Summary of Representation                                                 JPU Response
No
0179 Kettering Chamber          Yes       Portrait of        3.4        The Corby Link Road will simply feed more heavy traffic onto           The Submission Strategy has identified routes that need
     of Trade &                           Northamptonshire              the A6003 which is already under pressure at a dangerous               improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM SRS, the Local
     Commerce                                                           junction. Recent “improvemnts to the A6003/A43 links to the            Transport Plan and the outcomes of the Highways Agency's
                                                                        A14 are already severely congested, a situation which will             A14 Study and NCC transport modelling and transport
                                                                        worsen if the Corby Link road is allowed to proceed. This              strategy work. It also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to
                                                                        situation would be avoided, and pressure on A14 Jn7 to Jn 10           be upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These are
                                                                        ( avoiding the need for expensive and disruptive widening of           identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                        the A14) and the A605 removed, if a dualled “Corby Southern
                                                                        Bypass/Kettering Eastern Bypass is built linking directly with
                                                                        the A14 between Jn 2 & Jn 13. Much of the pressure on the
                                                                        A509 would be alleviated if the dualling of the A43 between
                                                                        Kettering and the M1 at Northampton is undertaken – instead
                                                                        of which it currently appears to have been downgraded as a
                                                                        priority. Public transport provision is NOT going to reduce
                                                                        congestion on roads without RADICAL change. Buses do
                                                                        NOT appeal to car users as a viable alternative.




0179 Kettering Chamber                    Portrait of        3.5        Public transport provision is NOT going to reduce congestion           The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift, reflected in
     of Trade &                           Northamptonshire              on roads without RADICAL change. Buses do NOT appeal to                amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO) and within Section
     Commerce                                                           car users as a viable alternative. Using the X4 as an example          3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4 and paragraph 3.17 identify the
                                                                        of a “flagship” service is an insult to the travelling public. It is   required improvements to public transport links to deliver the
                                                                        timetabled to take 30 minutes from Corby to Kettering, 55              Strategy and infrastructure.
                                                                        minutes for a journey from Corby to Wellingborough, 1/½
                                                                        HOURS from Corby to Northampton – virtually double the
                                                                        length of comparable car journeys – and then not door to door.
                                                                        Get real & invest in RLT! & use the buses as local shuttles to
                                                                        offer connections and flexibility BEFORE development turns
                                                                        North Northamptonshire into gridlock.


0179 Kettering Chamber   Yes              Portrait of        3.10,      Whilst the jobs created are welcome, they are largely low skill The economic section of the Strategy reflects the requirement
     of Trade &                           Northamptonshire   3.11,      & low wage. The lack of permanence of many such operations to build on existing strengths and diversify the economy.
     Commerce                                                3.12,      is an inherent weakness to the local economy. These             Policy 9 outlines the emphasis on improving skills.
                                                                        industries create stresses on infrastructure and the
                                                                        environment disproportionately to the employment benefits
                                                                        they bring.




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Ref  Respondent          Support Oppose   Section            Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0179 Kettering Chamber                    Portrait of        3.15 -    Kettering Town Centre should be clearly identified as THE         The Strategy seeks a 3 centre approach to retail to ensure
     of Trade &                           Northamptonshire   3.18      destination shopping and leisure location within the area.        that North Northamptonshire benefits holistically, contributing
     Commerce                                                                                                                            to the strategic aim of self sufficiency. The Strategy does
                                                                                                                                         acknowledge Kettering as being the main retail centre,
                                                                                                                                         particularly at the start of the Plan period.

0179 Kettering Chamber          Yes       Portrait of        3.22      The assertions that the quoted institutions are within 1 hour‟s   This reflects information from Catalyst Corby, and highlights a
     of Trade &                           Northamptonshire             drive are totally inaccurate – even Northampton takes about       key issue within North Northamptonshire, although this
     Commerce                                                          one hour from Corby/Kettering at peak times!. Even assuming       specific reference has not been taken forward in the
                                                                       students have access to cars, none of the quoted HE locations     Submission Strategy.
                                                                       serve this area. A significant university provision WITHIN this
                                                                       area is needed.
0187 The Country Land           YES       Portrait of       3.3        Designations should be fully justified through research and       The impact 'on the ground' has been a key consideration in
     and Business                         NorthNorthamptons            their impact on the ground assessed                               relation to identifying the broad locations of sustainable urban
     Association (CLA)                    hire                                                                                           extensions within the Strategy and will also be assessed in
                                                                                                                                         the identification of site specific allocations by districts and in
                                                                                                                                         the determination of planning applications.


0187 The Country Land           YES       Portrait of       3.3        Whilst the north might be less urbanised and less industrial      The spatial portrait seeks to allow the reader an
     and Business                         NorthNorthamptons            than the rest of Northamptonshire there appears within this       understanding of the context the Strategy has been prepared
     Association (CLA)                    hire                         plan no reason to refer to it as „tranquil‟. Tranquillity is      within and identifies issues to be addressed in the Strategy,
                                                                       subjective and comparative and therefore the description has      and the use of this expression facilitates a clearer
                                                                       no place in a spatial plan. The use of this word could be         understanding of the area and its features.
                                                                       misleading and in the future be a reason to turn down
                                                                       applications which otherwise would be suitable for the area.




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Ref  Respondent          Support Oppose   Section           Para No Summary of Representation                                                JPU Response
No
0187 The Country Land           YES       Portrait of       3.3       When considering designation of gaps, corridors or                     The impact 'on the ground' has been a key consideration in
     and Business                         NorthNorthamptons           boundaries to development, decisions should not be                     relation to identifying the broad locations of sustainable urban
     Association (CLA)                    hire                        undertaken strategically without due consideration being given         extensions within the Strategy and will also be assessed in
                                                                      to their impact on the ground.                                         the identification of site specific allocations by districts and in
                                                                                                                                             the determination of planning applications.


0187 The Country Land                     Portrait of       3.4       Whilst this paragraph deals with transport links and shows a           The spatial portrait seeks to allow the reader an
     and Business                         NorthNorthamptons           list of links there is no attempt within this section to arrive at a   understanding of the context the Strategy has been prepared
     Association (CLA)                    hire                        conclusion as to the capacity of either the existing roads or the      within and identifies issues to be addressed in the Strategy.
                                                                      existing railway network. It would be expected for there to be         Studies to inform the Evidence Base have focused on
                                                                      some baseline data showing the ability of the roads and                infrastructure constraints/issues and are reflected within the
                                                                      railway network to accommodate the proposed number of                  Strategy.
                                                                      houses and jobs which are going to be created. The
                                                                      identification of transport links is not on itself helpful unless
                                                                      there is sufficient extra capacity.

0187 The Country Land                     Portrait of       3.4       Consideration needs to be given to the early resolution of the         Policy 2 of the Submission Strategy reflects these issues.
     and Business                         NorthNorthamptons           A14 problems around Kettering and the opening of Corby
     Association (CLA)                    hire                        railway station.

0187 The Country Land           YES       Portrait of       3.5       Public Transport provision for the rural area should be a              Policy 4 identifies the public transport improvements in rural
     and Business                         NorthNorthamptons           cobweb of delivery.                                                    areas.
     Association (CLA)                    hire

0187 The Country Land           YES                         3.14      Again the rural area is mentioned but it is not clear as to the        The Strategy is very clear about the role of the Rural Area and
     and Business                                                     role the rural areas will play within the MKSM development.            this is set out in Policy 1 and Table 1 that accomodates it. This
     Association (CLA)                                                The rural area currently does make a contribution to North             is explained further in Section 3: The Spatial Strategy.
                                                                      Northamptonshire in terms of housing, employment and the
                                                                      environment. It also contains thriving communities and could
                                                                      further develop a further role in leisure, tourism and the
                                                                      provision of green infrastructure which would have to be
                                                                      balanced with the creation of jobs and housing to make a
                                                                      balanced economy.




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Ref  Respondent          Support Oppose   Section   Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0187 The Country Land           YES                 3.14      The rural area also could provide an important source of green Paras 4.14 -4.17 makes reference to this and take forward the
     and Business                                             energy through the growth of biomass and other crops for       targets and guidance in the draft East Midlands Regional
     Association (CLA)                                        biofuels.                                                      Plan.

0187 The Country Land           YES                 3.14      Early engagement with landowners will design and delivery not The landowners have been engaged throughout the
     and Business                                             only of the development but also of the green infrastructure. preparation of the Strategy.
     Association (CLA)
0187 The Country Land           YES                 3.18      There is no mention of the role of rural tourism and leisure        The Strategy seeks to promote leisure and recreation, within
     and Business                                             opportunities in the urban areas. Northamptonshire, in              the urban areas, as part of sustainable urban extensions, and
     Association (CLA)                                        common with many counties, has a large network of                   within the Green Networks that are fundamental to the
                                                              bridleways and footpaths which allow free access and                Strategy. This is reflected in Sections 3 and 4 of the Strategy
                                                              recreation into the countryside. There is scope for information     and Policies 5, 14 and 17.
                                                              centres in urban areas promoting the local recreational and
                                                              leisure opportunities to residents and the workforce, but also
                                                              promoting the area to individuals and businesses who may
                                                              want to move into the area.

0187 The Country Land           YES                 3.18      There are also potential development opportunities with             The Strategy seeks to promote suitable tourism, and this is
     and Business                                             changes to the agriculture industry which will allow more           reflected in the sections on Green Infrastructure. The Strategy
     Association (CLA)                                        buildings to be available for conversion into appropriate leisure   does not seek to duplicate national guidance contained in
                                                              and recreational opportunities within the area. Buildings which     PPS7.
                                                              are currently not required for agriculture should be seen as a
                                                              valuable resource and that should be utilised in accordance
                                                              with criteria set out in PPS7.




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Ref  Respondent          Support Oppose   Section   Para No Summary of Representation                                                JPU Response
No
0187 The Country Land           YES                 3.19      Whilst there is a need for affordable housing within the rural         The North Northamptonshire HMA has informed the Strategy
     and Business                                             areas of North Northamptonshire affordable housing should              as to the affordable housing requirements in the area and this
     Association (CLA)                                        not be delivered on its own and many of the villages could also        is reflected in Policy 16. The Submission Strategy allows
                                                              accommodate adequately, without damage to their character,             suitable development in the rural areas, reflecting the
                                                              some new dwellings if appropriately designed and located and           hierarchy of the RSS and its review.
                                                              in proportion to the character of the village itself. In rural areas
                                                              it should not be confined only to affordable housing (for rent or
                                                              shared equity), but also consider open market housing
                                                              provision.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0001 National Farmers             YES      Objective 9             Infrastructure must be in place before the housing development Infrastructure led growth is a key objective of the
     Union                                                         so that existing facilities are not swamped by demand.         MKSM SRS and has been taken forward as a
                                                                                                                                  fundamental part of the Submission Strategy.

                                                                                                                                        The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                        informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                        Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                        Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                        delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                        identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                        development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                        referred to in Policy 7.

0001 National Farmers             YES      Objective 9             With flood defence mitigation works like balancing ponds etc,        Planning conditions will be the responsibility of the
     Union                                                         their maintenance is crucial and planning conditions need to         District local planning authorities which have retained
                                                                   stress that their maintenance is crucial and that these facilities   development control powers. Flooding is referred to
                                                                   need to properly maintained and will be regularly inspected so       in Policy 14 of the Submission Strategy and all the
                                                                   that they are up to standard.                                        districts have had Strategic Flood Risk Assessments
                                                                                                                                        carried out.


0001 National Farmers   YES                              4.16      Welcome the support for rural diversification and a more             Noted. Policy 12 (criteria g) makes reference to rural
     Union                                                         diverse rural economy.                                               employment.
0004 East                         YES      4             4.20      Objective 6 is aimed at strengthening the "quality of life", and     The provision of facilities is addressed in paragraph
     Northamptonshire                                              various policies are placed under 4.20. It should also include       4.29 and Policy 14 General Sustainable
     Council (Voluntary                                            'community building' including provision for and consultation        Development Principles incorporates a range of
     Sector Development                                            with the elderly and young people, church and charity sector.        measures to build communities. The adopted Joint
     Officer)                                                                                                                           Statement of Community Involvement indicates how
                                                                                                                                        consultation will be carried out.


0005 Mr R.Parker        YES                              4.6       Support 4.6 in that rural needs should be met by Key Service         Noted. Raunds is identified as a rural service centre
                                                                   Centres. As a Rural service centre, Raunds will be capable of        in the submission strategy. The specific allocation of
                                                                   meeting the rural needs whilst enhancing service provision in        development at Raunds will be through the 'Raunds
                                                                   the town through planned brownfield and greenfield                   Area Plan' prepared by East Northamptonshire
                                                                   development.                                                         Council.
0005 Mr R.Parker        YES                              4.14      Support the proposal under 4.14 that the plan will consider the      Noted. This is the role of the Core Strategy.
                                                                   detailed distribution of Growth, and its scale, nature and
                                                                   phasing whilst the individual LPAs identify site specific
                                                                   proposals.




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Ref  Organisation            Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0005 Mr R.Parker             YES                              4.22      Support 4.22 in that the phasing of growth should ensure new        Noted. This is specifically referred to in paras 3.83 &
                                                                        greenfield development contributes to the renewal of existing       3.84 of the strategy.
                                                                        communities and supports new services.

0008 Mrs Y Mann              YES                Vision                  No reason given.                                                    Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                            Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                            make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                            understand the key messages within it.

0011 Ise Valley Protection             YES      Objective 2             Whilst employment growth will continue in Corby, Kettering and The Submission Strategy strongly promotes the
     Group                                                              Wellingborough, it should be realised that there will still be a    delivery of a Station in Corby early in the plan period.
                                                                        considerable number of commuters from Kettering &                   The final decision will be made by the DfT.
                                                                        Wellingborough by Midland Mainline. However, under the
                                                                        present railway structure, no operator will consider a passenger
                                                                        service to & from Corby without a considerable subsidy. Such
                                                                        a service, if direct to & from London will dilute existing services
                                                                        which already use track capacity.


0011 Ise Valley Protection YES                  Objective 4             Admirable in itself, but will not succeed without major       The submission strategy identifies routes that need
     Group                                                              improvements in the road structure, as many roads are already improving (policies 2-4), in close liaison with the
                                                                        congested.                                                    Highways Authority.
0011 Ise Valley Protection             YES      Objective 5             Whilst a reasonable aim, consumers will only use shops in     It is considered that the retail floorspace identified by
     Group                                                              Corby, Kettering & Wellingborough if the shops are as good as the Submission Strategy will enhance the retail offer
                                                                        those in Peterborough & Milton Keynes.                        in North Northamptonshire, to contribute to the
                                                                                                                                      Strategies aim of self-sufficiency.


0011 Ise Valley Protection             YES      Objective 5             Park & Ride facilities should be considered with a ban for cars     Noted. Town centre transport strategies will be taken
     Group                                                              in town centres, with more pedestrian isolation, such as the        forward through the Town Centre Area Action Plans
                                                                        excellent P&R facilities in Cambridge.                              prepared by the districts.
0011 Ise Valley Protection                      Objective 6             It is vital that green lungs are maintained between urban & rural Policy 5 takes forward the Green Infrastructure
     Group                                                              communities as emphasised in River Nene Regional Parks            framework and the Green Infrastructure corridors are
                                                                        plans.                                                            identified on the Key Diagram.
0012 Andrew Granger &                                                   There seems to be no mention of design of buildings which           The Design of Buildings was referenced through the
     Co                                                                 should be part of the strategy.                                     Preferred Options document, particularly Section 4.
                                                                                                                                            Sustainable design is a key component of the
                                                                                                                                            Submission Strategy and is reflected in Policy 14
                                                                                                                                            General Sustainable Development Principles. A
                                                                                                                                            separate Sustainable Design SPD is being prepared
                                                                                                                                            by the JPU.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section         Para No   Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0012 Andrew Granger &                      Vision                    Keep with the Vision                                               Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
     Co                                                                                                                                 Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                        make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                        understand the key messages within it.

0015   Catalyst Corby   YES                Objective 7               In the strategic context we particularly endorse Option 7.         Noted. This has been taken forward as Objective 9.

0015 Catalyst Corby     YES                Objectives      1         We support the 9 Objectives in the Paper and welcome              The regeneration needs of Corby are identified in
                                                                     Strategic Option 1 which seeks to ensure that the scale and       Objective 9 and are clearly reflected in the policies in
                                                                     location of growth in Corby as one of the three main growth       the Submission Strategy.
                                                                     towns is shaped by the development potential of the area in its
                                                                     national, regional and sub regional context. It is accordingly
                                                                     essential that the regeneration priority needs of Corby are fully
                                                                     acknowledged in the Core Spatial Strategy.


0015 Catalyst Corby     YES                Objectives                It is however, important that the emerging strategy explicitly     This is reflected in the Preferred Options, and West
                                                                     recognises that the quantum of land required to deliver the step   of Corby is identified in Policy 10 as a further urban
                                                                     change in growth required in Corby cannot be met in total on       extension alongside North East, the initial urban
                                                                     brownfield land alone and substantial release of Greenfield        extension.
                                                                     land will be required.
0016 A.J Smith          YES                4               4.8       This is a good objective and if achieved it should enhance         Noted. This objective has been taken forward in the
                                           (Objective 1)             community building, with all the attendant benefits that flow      submission strategy.
                                                                     from such a development.
0016 A.J Smith          YES                4               4.20      I support the content of the paragraph as written but will         Noted. It is considered that the policies provide a
                                           (Objective 6)             interested to see how the Plan develops policies that really       framework to deliver the objectives.
                                                                     deliver all aspects of this objective.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section        Para No   Summary of Representation                                       JPU Response
No
0019 Rushden Town                       4                        No mention has been made regarding improvements to health       Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
     Council                                                     or dental services. Only one hospital covers the East           recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                                 Northamptonshire area and it was felt further pressure should   dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                 be placed for a more localised Accident and Emergency           of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                 service.                                                        Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                 should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                 agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                 service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                 ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                 expanding population.

                                                                                                                                 The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                 informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                 Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                 Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                 delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                 identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                 development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                 referred to in Policy 7.




0019 Rushden Town                       4 (Figure 2)             The A6 is a priority route and should be part of the core       The A6 is referred to in the Core Strategy and
     Council                                                     strategy.                                                       identified on the Key Diagram and other relevant
                                                                                                                                 figures.
0020 emda            YES                4                        We agree with the strategic direction of the plan as set out in Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                                 Section 4. We especially welcome that the document highlights Submission Strategy.
                                                                 the imporance of employment growth and that the plan will
                                                                 propose a mechanism for monitoring the provision of new jobs
                                                                 in relation to housing development.
                                                                 It is essential that the plan ensures the right balance between
                                                                 housing provision and employment growth and this mechanism
                                                                 will help to achieve this.

0021 Ann Packham     YES                Vision                   No reason given.                                                Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                 Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                 make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                 understand the key messages within it.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                        JPU Response
No
0024 Mrs J.E. Betts                YES      Vision                  No reason given.                                                 The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                     Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                     make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                     understand the key messages within it.


0025 Mr Jerome Richard             YES      Vision                  No reason given.                                                 The Vision has been taken forward in the
     Betts                                                                                                                           Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                     make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                     understand the key messages within it.


0026 Mrs J. Cotton       YES                Vision                  No reason given.                                                 Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                     Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                     make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                     understand the key messages within it.

0027 Tina Dixon          YES                Vision                  No reason given.                                                 Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                     Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                     make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                     understand the key messages within it.

0027 Tina Dixon                             4                       New building can be innovative in design and structure and the   Sustainable and high quality design will be a
                                                                    dreary appearance of modern urban sprawl avoided. Self-          fundamental concept of the Submission Strategy.
                                                                    sufficiency & environmentally friendly solar panels & wind       These principles are reflected in Policy 14 General
                                                                    turbines should be encouraged.                                   Sustainable Development Principles .

0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES                  Objective 1   4.8       (Support Objective 1 and Preferred Option of moving toward       Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                                    greater self-containment of the Growth Towns and North           Submission Strategy.
                                                                    Northamptonshire.
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES                  Objective 2   4.10      Support Objective 2 and the Preferred Option to improve key      Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                                    east-west road corridors.                                        Submission Strategy.
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES                  Objective 2   4.11      Support for Objective 2 and the preparation of the plan on the   Noted.
                                                                    presumption that the A45 is dualled and grade separated
                                                                    throughout North Northamptonshire.
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES                  Objective 3   4.14      Support Objective 3 and the presumption through the plan that Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                                    new development will be within or closely associated with     Submission Strategy.
                                                                    settlements.




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Ref  Organisation      Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd           YES      Objective 3   4.14      Object to Objective 3, the plan should not seek to define, other The Strategy incorporates Strategic Gaps, as a clear
                                                                  than broadly through the written word, the location or extent of mechanism for preventing coalescence, a
                                                                  'strategic gaps'.                                                fundamental aim of the RSS and its review. These
                                                                                                                                   are identified on the Key Diagram and in Policy 6 and
                                                                                                                                   will be defined in detail in site specific development
                                                                                                                                   plan documents.
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES                Objective 4   4.15      Support for Objective 4 and the intention to make provision for Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                                  commercially attractive sites for higher order employment uses. Submission Strategy.

0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES                Objective 4   4.23      Support for Objective 8 and the proposed provision of a varied       Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                                  network of accessible and mulifunctional green spaces.               Submission Strategy, and is reflected in Policy 5
                                                                                                                                       Green Infrastructure Framework.
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd           YES                    Fig 2     Object to the Preferred Strategy Diagram and the identification      The Strategy incorporates Strategic Gaps, as a clear
                                                                  of 'strategic gaps'.                                                 mechanism for preventing coalescence, a
                                                                  It will be for the LPA to define the location and extent of          fundamental aim of the RSS and its review. These
                                                                  'strategic gaps' throuhg the preparation of DPD that take into       are identified on the Key Diagram and in Policy 6 and
                                                                  full account development requirements and an identified need         will be defined in detail in site specific development
                                                                  to avoid coalescence.                                                plan documents.
0031 National Offender                    4                       While there are no specific proposals for new prison                 Should a proposal of this nature come forward the
     Management                                                   development in your district at present or specific sites            application would be subject to the policies and
     Service (NOMS)                                               identified, in line with Government guidance NOMS requests           principles of the Core Strategy, and the individual
                                                                  that you consider the inclusion of a criteria based policy to deal   district to which it relates. The inclusion of a specific
                                                                  with a firm prison proposal should it arise during the plan          prison policy is not considered necessary and
                                                                  period.                                                              appropriate within the Core Strategy.


0031 National Offender                    4                       The economic benefits of prisons are recognised in Circular It is considered unecessary to refer to this in the
     Management                                                   3/98. Prisons provide significant permanent employment      Core Strategy.
     Service (NOMS)                                               opportunities across a range of skills. Consequently, the
                                                                  framework should acknowledge that HMP Wellingborough is an
                                                                  important community facility serving local needs and which
                                                                  should generally be protected.




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Ref  Organisation          Support   Oppose   Section         Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0031 National Offender                        4                         In addition, a policy should be included to support the need for    The expansion of Wellingborough prison is not a
     Management                                                         expansion where this can be justified.                              Core Strategy matter. Should a proposal of this
     Service (NOMS)                                                                                                                         nature come forward the application would be subject
                                                                                                                                            to the policies and principles of the Core Strategy,
                                                                                                                                            and the individual district to which it relates. The
                                                                                                                                            inclusion of a specific prison policy is not considered
                                                                                                                                            necessary and appropriate within the Core Strategy.


0031 National Offender                        4                         Similarly, along with other community facilities there should be    Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
     Management                                                         a presumption against the loss of a prison use unless it is         Principles refers to the need to retain community
     Service (NOMS)                                                     demonstrated to be surplus to requirements.                         facilities.
0033 Stoke Albany Parish                                                Document too long and too full of extraneous information for        It is considered that the document was presented in
     Council                                                            them to be able to identify any significant proposals.              as clear and accessible format as possible, within
                                                                                                                                            town planning regulations and guidance.
                                                                        Considered broad principals appear to be appropriate.
0034 Harborough District YES                  Objectives                Support aim of balancing housing and job creation and the           Noted. The balance between housing and jobs is a
     Council                                  (Objective 4)             proposal to monitor this relationship. It is essential that housing key aspect of the Core Strategies monitoring
                                                                        growth is matched with corresponding growth in employment.          framework set out in Section 5.

0034 Harborough District YES                  Objectives                Support the priority given to ensuring the provision of the         Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
     Council                                  (Objective 9)             infrastructure, jobs and services needed to support the growth      recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                                        of North Northamptonshire. It is essential that the investment      dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                        in jobs, services and infrastructure is timely and their delivery   of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                        dictates the pace of development.                                   Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                            should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                            agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                            service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                            ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                            expanding population.

                                                                                                                                            The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                            informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                            Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                            Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                            delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                            identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                            development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                            referred to in Policy 7.




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Ref  Organisation         Support   Oppose   Section   Para No    Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0035 CPRE                           YES                4.24      CPRE continue to express concern at the apparent concept of            The policies and principles of the Strategy seek to
     Northamptonshire                                  8.12-8.15 marketing and developing the countryside as some sort of               conserve and enhance North Northamptonshire' s
                                                                 leisure playground for urban dwellers under the title of Green         environmental and cultural assets and these are
                                                                 Infrastructure.                                                        reflected in Policy 14 General Sustainable
                                                                                                                                        Development Principles . The concept of GI is taken
                                                                  Exploitation of the countryside for the benefit of urban visitors, if forward in Policy 5 and the GI corridors identified on
                                                                  carried to extremes, may be detrimental to the very character         the Key Diagram.
                                                                  we all wish to see preserved. A caution along these lines
                                                                  would be welcome.

0035 CPRE                           YES                4.24      We would also like to see here a more specific intention to          Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
     Northamptonshire                                  8.12-8.15 maintain the character of settlements and landscape in rural         Principles and its supporting text reflects these
                                                                 areas, and to avoid unsuitable developments on skylines and          issues. Detailed guidance on Environmental
                                                                 discharges to air and water, which are seen to pollute the rural     Character will be contained within the Sustainable
                                                                 setting.                                                             Design SPD.
0035 CPRE                 YES                          4.11       We agree that the A14 upgrade, and for that matter the          These issues are specifically addressed in Paras
     Northamptonshire                                             provision of adequate sewage treatment facilities, which hardly 3.49-3.51.
                                                                  receives a mention, are both crucial elements of infrastructure
                                                                  on which the whole strategy for North Northamptonshire relies,
                                                                  and over which the JPU has no control.

                                                                  These factors should both be identified in the report as
                                                                  significant potential obstacles to the strategy, in order to warn
                                                                  ODPM, and to avoid misleading local interests. The provision
                                                                  of such basic communications and infrastructure is essential to
                                                                  attract firms and therefore high quality employment to the area
                                                                  in the first place, and is fundamental to the strategy.




0036 Cllr Sally Hogston             YES      Vision               No reason given.                                                    The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                      Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                      make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                      understand the key messages within it.


0037 John Booth           YES                Vision               No reason given.                                                    Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                      Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                      make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                      understand the key messages within it.




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Ref  Organisation           Support   Oppose   Section       Para No    Summary of Representation                                        JPU Response
No
0039 East Northants                   YES      Objective 2   4.10-4.11 If roads are a key to growth- why by 2006 have these roads not Key infrastructure improvements are fundamental to
     Faith Group                                                       been constructed. Roads come before not after growth- It is a the delivery of sustainable growth and rely on inter-
                                                                       lack of financial commitment to the overall development plan! agency support as referred to in para 3.43.

0039 East Northants                   YES      Objective 2   4.10-4.11 Local transport especially in East Northants is not highlighted   The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
     Faith Group                                                       enough in terms of commitments and speeches. New                  reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
                                                                       imaginative thinking is needed.                                   and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4 and
                                                                                                                                         paragraph 3.17 identify the required improvements to
                                                                                                                                         public transport links to deliver the Strategy.


0039 East Northants                   YES      Objective 3   4.13       Jobs need to come before housing. If growth is driven by         The relationship between jobs and housing is
     Faith Group                                                        housing provision- their cheaper price compared to surrounding   fundamental to the success of the Strategy, and is a
                                                                        regions will just drag in more people from outside of North      key aspect of the monitoring framework, set out in
                                                                        Northants to just commute out.                                   Section 5.
                                                                        Real jobs need providing for local people.
0039 East Northants         YES                Vision                   No reason given.                                                 Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
     Faith Group                                                                                                                         Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                         make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                         understand the key messages within it.

0041 Easton On The Hill     YES                Vision                   We agree with the overall vision which does not appear to be      Key infrastructure improvements are fundamental to
     Parish Council                                                     backed by any positive Governmental response.                    the delivery of sustainable growth and rely on inter-
                                                                                                                                         agency support as referred to in para 3.43.


0043 Miss Diana Griffiths             YES      4                        Build what is required- starter homes not more 'executive'       The North Northamptonshire HMA has informed the
                                                                        homes. The young people of the villages cannot afford to buy     Strategy (Policy 16) and the Site Specific Proposals
                                                                        properties in the villages as too many established people are    DPDs as to the specific housing requirements for the
                                                                        wanting to move from these huge developments to 'the             area.
                                                                        countryside' inflating these prices.




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Ref  Organisation         Support   Oppose   Section             Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0043 Miss Diana Griffiths           YES      4                             Our hospital is on red alert in the Summer, the roads in town     Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
                                                                           are often grid-locked, it can be difficult parking.               recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                                           We read that out schools are over-subsribed. As in other parts    dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                           of the Country you cannot find a N.H.S.                           of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                                                                                             Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                             should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                             agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                             service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                             ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                             expanding population.

                                                                                                                                             The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                             informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                             Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                             Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                             delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                             identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                             development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                             referred to in Policy 7.



0044 Unknown                        YES      Vision                        No reason given.                                                  The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                             Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                             make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                             understand the key messages within it.
0046 Mrs A Webb          YES                 How Do We Make                Agree with the views in this updated section particularly with    District local planning authoritieswill decide how
                                             New Development a             "promoting good and high quality design that respects the         Village Design Statements are taken forward.
                                             Success?                      character of its surroundings".

                                                                           Unfortunately the future of the Design statement is uncertain
                                                                           under the new planning regime. The Parish Council are keen to
                                                                           ensure that the contents of the Village Design Statement are
                                                                           taken forward as a Supplementary Planning Document.


0049 Mrs Wright, Messrs YES                  4                             Support the desirability of innovative design and incorporation   Noted. Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
     Bradfield and                                                         of local characteristics into new development.                    Principles makes specific reference to these issues.
     Illingworth




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section   Para No   Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0050 Fotheringhay Parish           YES      4                   Although no direct impact was envisaged there was concern          The plan seeks to ensure that the impact of future
     Council                                                    about the indirect impact of the considerable growth of Corby      development is mitigated against and located in
                                                                coupled with the later rebuilding of the A605 into a dual          acceptable locations. Any future major development
                                                                carriageway, which could result in more road traffic through our   would be accompanied by an Environmental Impact
                                                                village.                                                           Assessment to assess these issues.
                                                                Any moves to protect communities from this secondary impact
                                                                would be welcomed.
0053 Lucy Hawes         YES                 Vision              No reason given.                                                   The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                   Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                   make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                   understand the key messages within it.
0055 Kaarin Goodburn               YES      4                   You also need to be aware that the General Hospital is unable      Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
                                                                to cope with the number of patients who already live in the        recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                                area, and, owing to the general ageing of the population, the      dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                increasing numbers making ever greater demands on it in            of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                years to come. No money of any significance has been set           Strategy will inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                aside to increase the capacity of the hospital or open/build any   agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                new hospitals in Corby or Wellingborough. In fact the General      service providers, including health services, to
                                                                is £6m in the red.                                                 ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                   expanding population.
                                                                In addition, Dentistry has been privatised in North Northants
                                                                and GP lists are full, with GPs being allocated through the  The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                County Council.                                              informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                             Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                How are local health services to provide a service of an     Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                acceptable standard when an additional 30-40,000 people have delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                moved into the area as you envisage in the next 5+ years?    identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                             development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                             referred to in Policy 7.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section   Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0055 Kaarin Goodburn              YES      4                   Furthermore, there is insufficient water supply to the        Paras 3.49-3.50 recognises that improvements to
                                                               Kettering/North Northants area and sewerage systems are       sewage infrastructure are required. Any delays
                                                               already at 90% capacity and in need of modernisation.         upgrading sewage treatment works, or identifying
                                                                                                                             acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                               There are no such requirements as otherwise the chaos that is development being 'back-loaded' or reduced as
                                                               becoming apparent at Stanion, where only half of the 1,000    referred to in Policy 7.
                                                               new properties are to be connected to the sewerage system
                                                               and the remainder served by tankering raw sewage, will be the The Environment Agency advises that such
                                                               appalling pattern of development in 21st century North        measures are not in place at Stanion. Paras 3.49-
                                                               Northants.                                                    3.50 outline that improvements to sewage
                                                                                                                             infrastructure are required.

0055 Kaarin Goodburn              YES      4                   I therefore reiterate that current infrastructure must be         Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
                                                               enhanced to fully support at least the existing population e.g.   recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                               utilities, healthcare facilities, improvements to the A14,        dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                               reduction of congestion in and improved access to Kettering       of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                               town centre.                                                      Strategy will inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                 agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                 service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                 ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                 expanding population.


0057 Northamptonshire                                4.18      Suggest amending second line as follows :- “ ..provided in the    Paragraph 3.36 makes specific reference to open
     Sport                                                     growth Towns and include policies on the retention and            space, sport and recreation being essential elements
                                                               creation of new community and recreational facilities..”          of sustainable communities. These features are also
                                                                                                                                 incorporated within Policies 5 and 14.


0057 Northamptonshire                                4.20 &    Supports the statement in relation to the inclusion of policies on Paragraph 3.36 makes specific reference to open
     Sport                                           4.24      a range of issues including the provision of sports facilities.    space, sport and recreation being essential elements
                                                                                                                                  of sustainable communities. These features are also
                                                               In determining standards for the provision of GI account should incorporated within Policies 5 and 14.
                                                               be taken of the PPG17 audits and subsequent local standards
                                                               which should have been produced by each local authority in the
                                                               County.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section   Para No   Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0057 Northamptonshire                                4.28      The key implementation issues i.e. Location, Development           Paragraph 3.36 makes specific reference to open
     Sport                                                     Linkages etc do not make reference to the creation of heathly      space, sport and recreation being essential elements
                                                               and active communities although this is one of the                 of sustainable communities. These features are also
                                                               government‟s indicators of a sustainable community.                incorporated within Policies 5 and 14.


0060 Charles Church     YES                4                   In terms of objectives for realising the vision for North          Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                               Northamptonshire, the specific needs of Corby are now more         Submission Strategy.
                                                               specifically recognised and this is welcomed.
0062 North Northants                       4                   Specifically with regards to badgers, we believe that two aims     The Preferred locations for Urban Extensions has
     Badger Group                                              should underpin action; 1) The maintenance of populations of       been informed by environmental study including input
                                                               badgers at their current level, and 2) The separation of badgers   from the Wildlife Trust. Policy 14 General
                                                               from the human population.                                         Sustainable Development Principles within Section 4
                                                                                                                                  'Building Sustainable Communities' refers to the
                                                                                                                                  protection of assets and specifically refers to
                                                                                                                                  Biodiversity. Specific issues regarding Badgers will
                                                                                                                                  also be addressed at the planning application stage.


0062 North Northants                       4                   For these aims to be achieved the interests of badgers must be     The Preferred locations for Urban Extensions has
     Badger Group                                              considered at an early stage in the planning process. We have      been informed by environmental study including input
                                                               at least one example, Mawsley Village, where good practice         from the Wildlife Trust. Policy 14 General
                                                               has enabled the two aims above to be realised.                     Sustainable Development Principles within Section 4
                                                                                                                                  'Building Sustainable Communities' refers to the
                                                                                                                                  protection of assets and specifically refers to
                                                                                                                                  Biodiversity. Specific issues regarding Badgers will
                                                                                                                                  also be addressed at the planning application stage.


0062 North Northants                       4                   Reduction of the negative impact on badgers will be best      Green spaces and environmental mitigation wil form
     Badger Group                                              achieved if mitigation can be planned for whole developments, part of the master planning and development of
                                                               rather than for discrete sites within developments.           Urban Extensions and this is set out in Policy 17.

0063 Residential        YES                          4.15      It is vitally important to rural areas to encourage local economy Policy 12 The Distribution of Jobs makes specific
     Investments Ltd                                           and employment that creates vitality in rural areas.              reference to rural employment, and that the re-use of
                                                                                                                                 existing buildings and infrastructure for employment
                                                                                                                                 related development will be encouraged in locations
                                                                                                                                 within and adjoining settlements.




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Ref  Organisation     Support   Oppose   Section   Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0064 Wellingborough                      4                   We are concerned by the lack of services for the present          Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
     Civic Society                                           population, with 167,000 extra houses this will become a          recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                             serious situation.                                                dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                                                                               of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                                                                               Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                               should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                               agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                               service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                               ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                               expanding population.

                                                                                                                               The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                               informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                               Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                               Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                               delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                               identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                               development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                               referred to in Policy 7.




0064 Wellingborough                      4                   Development should be slowed to keep in step with the             The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
     Civic Society                                           infrastructure, facilities and jobs, and at no detriment to the   informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                             present situation.                                                Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                               Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                               delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                               identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                               development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                               referred to in Policy 7.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0065 Mrs E A Pegg                                 4             Consider the huge area served by Kettering General Hospital         Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
                                                                and the need to build a facility for all but the most specialised   recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                                treatments, probably in Corby, as another major population          dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                area.                                                               of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                                                                                    Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                    should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                    agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                    service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                    ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                    expanding population.

                                                                                                                                    The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                    informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                    Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                    Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                    delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                    identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                    development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                    referred to in Policy 7.



0068 Wilcon Homes    YES                Objective 2             We support Objective Two enhancing national, regional, sub-         The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                regional and local connections and in particular the                need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                presumption that A14 will be upgraded. Consider that the            SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                success of the growth strategy is heavily dependent upon the        the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                deliver of key elements of infrastructure such as the A14           transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                improvement and A45 dualing and also the establishment of           also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                effective local transportation networks that assist in the          upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                establishment of integrated pattern of settlement in North          are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                Northamptonshire.

0068 Wilcon Homes    YES                Objective 3             We support Objective Three proposing a sustainable urban-           Policy 1 and its accompanying table refer to the roles
                                                                focused development framework utilising existing centres and        of Rural Service Centres.
                                                                supporting other key settlements that can provide additional
                                                                growth in a sustainable way. Consider that the role of the rural
                                                                service centres is vital and should not be diluted through an
                                                                under-provision of appropriate levels of additional quality
                                                                employment and housing sites




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0072 Stamford Homes               YES                    4.15-4.16 Objective 4 and paragraph 4.15 - 4.16 do not make any          The use and role of mixed use developments is
                                                                   reference to the appropriateness of mixed use developments. implicit within the document and particularly within
                                                                   The Paragraphs should be re-written to address the following:- the town centre and Urban Extensions.
                                                                   1. Mixed use is preferable to mono-uses particularly in town
                                                                   centres
                                                                   2. The commercial attractiveness of an employment site is but
                                                                   one factor in assessing whether such a use is compatible with
                                                                   the context of a site.
                                                                   3. The use of brownfield land for housing development is a key
                                                                   objective of government housing and planning policy.
                                                                   4. The provision of employment land is not subject to a
                                                                   brownfield presumption and can most readily be developed on
                                                                   Greenfield sites where development costs and viability are
                                                                   more likely to enter positive territory.




0073 Redrow Homes                 YES      Objective 2             The assumption on which the Plan is based is of some                  The Preferred Options and Submission Strategy
     (South Midlands)                                              considerable concern to our client as at present there is no          have sought to emphasise the importance of the A14
                                                                   agreed strategy for upgrading of the A14 and the current              as a Trans-European Route to North
                                                                   indications are that any such works are unlikely to be                Northamptonshire, and emphasise the importance of
                                                                   completed until the middle/latter part of the plan period.            its upgrading to the delivery of the strategy.

                                                                   At present there is no flexibility in the preferred policy approach
                                                                   for the location of new development should the release of the
                                                                   urban extensions be delayed and this would result in the
                                                                   required scale of new housing set out in the Regional Strategy
                                                                   not being achieved.


0073 Redrow Homes                 YES      Objective 3   4.14      This appears to significantly reduce the degree of flexibility for    The specific allocation of smaller Greenfield sites is a
     (South Midlands)                                              the respective local planning authorities to determine at the         matter for the Site Specific DPDs to be prepared by
                                                                   local level, through the preparation of site specifc allocations      the districts. Paragraph 3.86 outlines that the
                                                                   Development Plan Documents (DPD), both the amount and                 allocation and release of additional smaller
                                                                   location of development.                                              greenfield sites by the districts may assist with the
                                                                                                                                         early delivery of growth. However, such
                                                                                                                                         developments will not undermine the overall strategy
                                                                                                                                         of concentrating growth on a few large Sustainable
                                                                                                                                         Urban Extensions.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section             Para No   Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0073 Redrow Homes                 YES      Objective 3         4.14      Our client considers that the respective LPAs should have the      The specific allocation of smaller Greenfield sites is a
     (South Midlands)                                                    opportunity to consider other potential sites which have not       matter for the Site Specific DPDs to be prepared by
                                                                         necessarily been identified by the Core Strategy.                  the districts. Paragraph 3.86 outlines that the
                                                                                                                                            allocation and release of additional smaller
                                                                                                                                            greenfield sites by the districts may assist with the
                                                                                                                                            early delivery of growth. However, such
                                                                                                                                            developments will not undermine the overall strategy
                                                                                                                                            of concentrating growth on a few large Sustainable
                                                                                                                                            Urban Extensions.

0075 English Heritage                      How do we make                A heading for Leisure and Culture should be added, e.g. the        Paragraph 3.36 makes specific reference to open
                                           new development a             need for new facilities and upgrading of existing facilities and   space, sport and receration being essential elements
                                           success?                      investment in celebrating local identity.                          of sustainable communities. These features are also
                                                                                                                                            incorporated within Policies 5 and 14.


0075 English Heritage             YES      Objective 1                   When considering the character of the towns, the development Policy 14 makes specific reference to the protection
                                                                         process should be informed by the historic character of the  of historical assets as part of the Protecting Assets
                                                                         towns, using the tool of historic characterisation.          criteria.

0075 English Heritage             YES      Objective 2                   It is vital that innovative public transport improvements are      The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                         made in order to reduce road traffic and the demand for new        need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                         roads.                                                             SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                         Investment on all modes of transport infrastructure including      the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                         cycling and walking must be provided as an integral part of the    transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                         development in the area.                                           also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                            upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                            are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0075 English Heritage   YES                Objective 3                   We generally support the objective for the maintenance of          Paras 4.11-4.13 of the Strategy make reference to
                                                                         distinctive and separate settlements, which we recognise           the Northamptonshire Environmental
                                                                         reflects local community aspirations. It is important however,     Characterisation Strategy and Environmental
                                                                         that work is undertaken to determine what informs that             Character is referred to in Policy 14 General
                                                                         distinctiveness, whether in terms of the built environment, the    Sustainable Development Principles.
                                                                         settlement‟s function or its community characteristics.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0075 English Heritage             YES      Objective 4             While we reluctantly accept that there will be a continuing       The package of policies in the Strategy set out
                                                                   pressure for distribution warehouses, these must be in            specific locational criteria for new development,
                                                                   locations that minimise their impact on local landscape/          particularly Policy 14, General Sustainable
                                                                   townscape character, as well as taking into account other         Development Principles . Policy 12 seeks to ensure
                                                                   environmental considerations, especially as it has been           that this development is located in the most
                                                                   predicted that they will continue to grow in size. We need to     sustainable locations.
                                                                   avoid the mistakes of the past in this area, where distribution
                                                                   warehouses have been poorly located.


0075 English Heritage                      Objective 4             However, it is vital that, if commuting is to be reduced, the local Policy 12 seeks to ensure that this development is
                                                                   economy must be diversified, including the potential for located in the most sustainable locations.
                                                                   developing the environmental economy of the area and
                                                                   creative industries.
0075 English Heritage                      Objective 5             Development within the town centres should take into account Policy 14 makes specific reference to these factors.
                                                                   and build on their historic character , especially where areas
                                                                   are designated conservation areas. The cultural sector
                                                                   recognises that there will be need to provide multi-use facilities
                                                                   (e.g. joint education/ health/ cultural facilities) to meet future
                                                                   needs. However, it is also important that existing facilities,
                                                                   especially those in the town centres, are retained and
                                                                   improved.
0075 English Heritage             YES      Objective 6             We believe that the plan needs to demonstrate high aspirations    Sustainable and high quality design are fundamental
                                                                   for achieving good quality development, both through a quality    parts of the Submission Strategy. As an overall part
                                                                   of life agenda, and also by promoting the highest standards of    of the general development principles, set out in
                                                                   design. This should be reflected in the objective.                Policy 14 they will need to taken into consideration
                                                                                                                                     for all development proposals within North
                                                                                                                                     Northamptonshire. A Supplementary Planning
                                                                                                                                     Document on Sustainable Design is being prepared
                                                                                                                                     to take these policies forward.


0075 English Heritage   YES                Objective 7             We generally support this objective as it will result in the       Noted. The package of policies in the Strategy,
                                                                   efficient use of land as well as raising the environmental quality particularly Policy 14 will ensure that any resources
                                                                   of parts of the area. However, it should be recognised that        are fully considered and protected where necessary.
                                                                   some of these sites include features of historic interest, e.g. in
                                                                   relation to the iron industry.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0075 English Heritage                      Objective 8             As indicated above, the wording of the objective should        It is considered that this Objective sufficiently
                                                                   distinguish between built and natural assets, including        distinguishes between built and natural assets.
                                                                   landscape and townscape character, and natural resources.
                                                                   These should be addressed in separate objectives. The cultural
                                                                   dimension of green infrastructure should be recognised.


0075 English Heritage                      Objective 9   4.27      This should include the development of green infrastructure Objective 2 makes reference to Green Infrastructure,
                                                                   and cultural facilities.                                    and this reference is considered to be sufficient
                                                                                                                               within the Objectives.
0075 English Heritage             YES      Objectives              While some of these issues fall outside the remit of the spatial North Northants Development Company (NNDC) will
                                                                   plan, the plan objectives should provide a framework for action play an important role in delivering the Strategy,
                                                                   by the North Northamptonshire Partnership/ Catalyst Corby.       particularly the funding and infrastructure to
                                                                                                                                    implement it.
0075 English Heritage             YES      Vision                  The Vision does not really seem to be specific enough to be a        The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                                                   vision for North Northamptonshire; for example, it uses a series     Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                   of phrases that define sustainable communities that should           make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                   apply anywhere.                                                      understand the key messages within it.


0075 English Heritage             YES      Vision                  It is also unfortunate that it implies that the quality of life in   The Vision does not imply this, instead outlines that
                                                                   North Northamptonshire is currently poor, e.g. it implies that it    the Strategy aims to improve and enhance North
                                                                   is unsafe, unhealthy, unattractive and unsustainable.                Northamptonshire, and its assets.

0075 English Heritage             YES      Vision                  The Vision should celebrate and seek to protect the best that        The Vision and Spatial objectives reflect this.
                                                                   the area currently offers, which contributes to its sense of
                                                                   place, and build on these assets.
0075 English Heritage             YES      Vision                  We believe that the Vision needs to provide more recognition of Section 3 and 4 and Policies 5 and 14 reflect this.
                                                                   the importance of character of the area to its successful
                                                                   regeneration, especially through maintaining the character of its
                                                                   rural areas, including the Rockingham Forest and the area‟s
                                                                   historic settlements.
0075 English Heritage             YES      Vision                  Given the many different definitions and interpretations of the    The Vision no longer contains this reference,
                                                                   word „sustainable‟, it would be preferable to avoid its use in the although sustainable development underpins the
                                                                   Vision.                                                            Strategy.




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Ref  Organisation         Support   Oppose   Section               Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0075 English Heritage               YES      Vision                          There appears that there could be a tension between the desire      The Vision recognises the importance of North
                                                                             for the containment of settlements discussed later in the           Northamptonshire's regional and sub-regional links,
                                                                             document and the desire to be an outward looking part of the        and seeks to utilise and build on these, to develop
                                                                             UK.                                                                 greater self sufficiency, whereby there is less wealth
                                                                                                                                                 and population loss to other areas, through improved
                                                                                                                                                 job provision, and retail offer, etc.


0076 Walton Homes         YES                4. Setting The                  (Promoting land for residential development at Finedon Road,        The is a matter for the Site Specific Proposals DPD
                                             Strategic Direction             Burton Latimer. 60 dwellings at density of 36 dwellings per         to be prepared by Kettering Borough Council.
                                             of the Plan                     hectare) Walton Homes supports the strategy in that while it
                                                                             focuses the majority of development in the growth towns, it
                                                                             recognises and provides for the regeneration of smaller towns
                                                                             such as Burton Latimer.


0077 Buccleuch Property                      4. Setting the                  Whilst recognising the importance of ensuring that the              The Submission Strategy reflects the sequential
                                             Strategic Direction             necessary infrastructure is in place, Buccleuch Property do         approach in RSS8 and its review, with an initital
                                             of the Plan                     however believe that a key component of this approach should        emphasis on Brownfield land and Urban Capacity
                                                                             be to maximise and make the most efficient use of                   and this is set out in Policy 10 Distribution &
                                                                             appropriately located green field and PDL in Corby and              Location Of Development . To comply with MKSM
                                                                             Kettering in order to ensure continuity of supply of new housing    SRS requirements, there is a need for Greenfield
                                                                             and employment through the plan period.                             development. The NN Urban Extensions Study, has
                                                                                                                                                 assessed potential locations for Urban Extensions
                                                                                                                                                 against a range of criteria including accessibility to
                                                                                                                                                 services, transport infrastructure and having few
                                                                                                                                                 environmental constraints, that can be mitigated
                                                                                                                                                 against.

0077 Buccleuch Property                      4. Setting the        4.1       Buccleuch Property believe that paragraph 4.1 should be             The Submission Strategy reflects the sequential
                                             Strategic Direction             amended to make clear that new development at the growth            approach in RSS8 and its review, with an initital
                                             of the Plan                     towns will require the Local Planning Authorities to maximise       emphasis on Brownfield land and Urban Capacity
                                                                             and make most efficient use of appropriately green field and        and this is set out in Policy 10 Distribution &
                                                                             PDL within their areas to ensure continuity of supply of land for   Location of Development . To comply with MKSM
                                                                             housing and employment purposes throughout the plan period.         SRS requirements, there is a need for Greenfield
                                                                                                                                                 development. The NN Urban Extensions Study, has
                                                                                                                                                 assessed potential locations for Urban Extensions
                                                                                                                                                 against a range of criteria including accessibility to
                                                                                                                                                 services, transport infrastructure and having few
                                                                                                                                                 environmental constraints, that can be mitigated
                                                                                                                                                 against.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                               JPU Response
No
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 1   4.8-      Would stress the importance of ensuring that the JCSS                   It is considered that the employment section of the
                                                         4.9       facilitates the delivery of a range of sites to meet the needs of       Strategy in Section 3, particularly policies 9 and 12
                                                                   new and existing employment sectors if ambitious target of              facilitates this.
                                                                   43,800 new jobs by 2021 is to be met.


0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 1   4.8-      It is critical that the provision of sites is underpinned by a robust   The economic section of the Strategy reflects the
                                                         4.9       economic development strategy and aggressive marketing to               requirement to build on existing strengths and
                                                                   change the perception of the area as a place to live and work.          diversify the economy and this is set out through
                                                                   Failure to provide the necessary sites or publicise the benefits        Policies 9 and 12. NNDC will also play an important
                                                                   of the area will simply mean that employers chose to locate in          role in obtaining inward investment.
                                                                   other areas.
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 1   4.8-      Welcome support for rural areas in paragraph 4.8. Buccleuch             It is considered that the policy frameworks for the
                                                         4.9       are however concerned to ensure that policies for the rural             rural areas makes provision for suitable levels of
                                                                   areas which utlimately appear in LDFs do not run counter to             development to meet an identified need.
                                                                   these overarching objectives.
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 1   4.8-      The text should refer to the need for the strategy to be            Policy 12 provides specific guidance on economic
                                                         4.9       underpinned by economic development and publicity measures development in rural areas (criteria g).
                                                                   and a commitment to a level of growth in the smaller rural
                                                                   settlements necessary to ensure their vitality and viability in the
                                                                   future.
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 2   4.10-     The Upgrading of the A14 must take place earlier than 2017              Paras 3.49-3.50 outline that improvements to the
                                                         4.11      otherwise the development promulgated on the basis of such              A14 are required to deliver growth.
                                                                   improvements will not come forward where anticipated or at the
                                                                   level required by RSS 8. As things currently stand, there is a          The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                   real danger that the plan is progressing upon a fundamentally           informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                   flawed premis.                                                          Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                           Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                           delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                           identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                           development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                           referred to in Policy 7.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 2   4.10-     The JPU and other stakeholders need to work with the HA to           Paras 3.49-3.50 outline that improvements to the
                                                         4.11      explore ways of bringing the improvement works forward in            A14 are required to deliver growth. The JPU is
                                                                   order that the development can proceed in accordance with            currently involved on a stakeholder group along with
                                                                   RSS 8. Morever, para 4.11 of the plan should be amended to           the HA, NCC and NNDC to bring forward
                                                                   include a timetable for works which has been agreed between          improvements.
                                                                   all the relevant parties in order that in can provide cerainty for
                                                                   all those who have a stake in the future of North                    The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                   Northamptonshire.                                                    informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                        Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                        Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                        delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                        identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                        development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                        referred to in Policy 7.


0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 2   4.10-     The JCC has to stress, in the strongest possible terms, the          Paras 3.49-3.50 outline that improvements to the
                                                         4.11      necessity to carry out improvements to the A14 before 2017.          A14 are required to deliver growth.
                                                                   Failure to do so will prevent regeneration and growth of the
                                                                   region and will effectively "direct" new investment to other         The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                   areas. Similarly, Buccleuch believes that there needs to be a        informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                   strong commitment to improving the rail lines to Peterborough        Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                   and Northampton referred to above.                                   Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                        delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                        identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                        development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                        referred to in Policy 7.


0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 3   4.13-     Para 4.14 does confirm that the plan will not define what            The specific location of employment sites is not a
                                                         4.14      constitutes "within" settlements. Paragraph could usefully be        matter for the Core Strategy. These sites will be
                                                                   reworded to read, "the plan will establish a general presumption     identified in the site specific DPDs to be prepared by
                                                                   that new development will be located at the above                    the districts within the policy framework of the Core
                                                                   settlements…."                                                       Strategy.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 3   4.13-     In parallel with the "initial urban extensions (ie those comprising   The Submission Strategy focuses on a smaller
                                                         4.14      comprising 1000 or more units), arrows should be                      number of initial larger urban extensions, which are
                                                                   added/reinstated to the preferred directions of growth diagrams       of a critical mass needed to support infrastructure
                                                                   for smaller scale development in order to guide and inform the        and facilities. The Plan also identifies provision for
                                                                   preparation of LDFs and to identify suitable locations for the        further Sustainable Urban Extensions that can
                                                                   early delivery of new housing.                                        deliver growth later in the plan period. Policy 8 does
                                                                                                                                         state that the release of these further SUE‟s may be
                                                                                                                                         brought forward if progress with the initial SUE for
                                                                                                                                         that town is delayed, or if development on brownfield
                                                                                                                                         sites falls significantly below anticipated levels.



0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 3   4.13-     These include land immediately to the west of Kettering and           The North Northamptonshire Urban extensions study
                                                         4.14      land to the south/east of Corby. Similarly, Buccleuch Property        concluded that development to the West of Kettering
                                                                   believe that the directions of growth diagrams should give            was not suitable for a Sustainable Urban Extension,
                                                                   indications for the broad locations for the early delivery of new     and land to the South East of Corby was not suitable
                                                                   housing.                                                              for a Sustainable Urban Extension due to its high
                                                                                                                                         environmental constraints.


0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 3   4.13-     Concerned that strategic gaps are not employed in locations           Strategic Gaps are not seeking to preclude
                                                         4.14      which would preclude sustainable urban extensions in                  sustainable urban extensions but prevent
                                                                   accordance with PPG 3 or otherwise compromise wider                   coalescence, a key aim of the RSS and its review.
                                                                   planning objectives for the area.                                     The North Northamptonshire Urban Extensions study
                                                                                                                                         has identified the most suitable locations for urban
                                                                                                                                         extensions and these have been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                         submission strategy.


0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 3   4.13-     The JCSS should be amended to reflect the suggested                   The Submission Strategy focuses on a smaller
                                                         4.14      changes to para 4.14 and to reinstate the direction of growth         number of initial larger urban extensions, which are
                                                                   arrows for Kettering and Corby.                                       of a critical mass needed to support infrastructure
                                                                                                                                         and facilities. The Plan also identifies provision for
                                                                                                                                         further Sustainable Urban Extensions that can
                                                                                                                                         deliver growth later in the plan period. Policy 8 does
                                                                                                                                         state that the release of these further SUE‟s may be
                                                                                                                                         brought forward if progress with the initial SUE for
                                                                                                                                         that town is delayed, or if development on brownfield
                                                                                                                                         sites falls significantly below anticipated levels.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 4   4.15-     The JCSS should go much further by suggesting possible               The specific location of employment sites is not a
                                                         4.16      locations for new employment opportunities, underpinned by a         matter for the Core Strategy. These sites will be
                                                                   robust economic development and public relations strategy and        identified in the site specific DPDs to be prepared by
                                                                   skills training in order to enable the region to "compete" with      the districts within the policy framework of the Core
                                                                   other areas.                                                         Strategy. Policy 9 and its supporting text refers to
                                                                                                                                        improving skills.
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 4   4.15-     In addition to building upon its strengths in the distribution       The Strategy seeks to both build on existing
                                                         4.16      sector, the relocation of a government department to Kettering       strengths and diversify North Northamptonshire's
                                                                   or one of the other growth towns with good rail links could act      economy and this is particularly reflected in Policies
                                                                   as a catalyst to develop the region's currently under performing     9 and 12 and their supporting text.
                                                                   office sector.
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 4   4.15-     The JCSS should include possible locations to meet the needs The specific location of employment sites is not a
                                                         4.16      of new and existing business.                                matter for the Core Strategy. These sites will be
                                                                                                                                identified in the site specific DPDs to be prepared by
                                                                                                                                the districts within the policy framework of the Core
                                                                                                                                Strategy.
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 6   4.19-     Supportive of the emphasis on high quality design, layout and        This is an overarching principle within the Strategy
                                                         4.20      the importance of a sense of place but believe this applies to       and is taken forward in policy 14, General
                                                                   both urban and rural areas.                                          Sustainable Development Principles a nd is therefore
                                                                                                                                        applicable to all development in North
                                                                                                                                        Northamptonshire.
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 6   4.19-     Objective 6 should be amended to include reference to rural          As the Spatial Vision refers to rural communities it is
                                                         4.20      areas.                                                               considered unncessary to specifically refer to these
                                                                                                                                        within the Objectives.
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 7   4.21-     A successful strategy for regenerating Corby and delivering a        The Submission Strategy focuses on a smaller
                                                         4.22      "step change" in the supply of housing on the scale envisaged        number of initial larger urban extensions, which are
                                                                   should necessarily encompass both green field land and               of a critical mass needed to support infrastructure
                                                                   previously developed land. The dangers of inhibiting the             and facilities. The Plan also identifies provision for
                                                                   release of appropriatelty located green field land on the basis of   further Sustainable Urban Extensions that can
                                                                   unproven assumptions about PDL, particularly in the growth           deliver growth later in the plan period. Policy 8 does
                                                                   area, are obvious.                                                   state that the release of these further SUE‟s may be
                                                                                                                                        brought forward if progress with the initial SUE for
                                                                                                                                        that town is delayed, or if development on brownfield
                                                                                                                                        sites falls significantly below anticipated levels.



0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 7   4.21-     The JCSS and subsequent LDFs should be informed by local The North Northamptonshire HMA has informed the
                                                         4.22      housing markets to ensure that the scale and distribution of Strategy as to the affordable housing requirements in
                                                                   proposed housing matches the housing aspirations of both the the area and these are outlined in Policy 16.
                                                                   existing and planned population.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 7   4.21-     Objective 7 should be explicit about the complementary role          The Submission Strategy focuses on a smaller
                                                         4.22      that green field land will have in the regeneration and              number of initial larger urban extensions, which are
                                                                   development of Corby and Kettering in the plan period.               of a critical mass needed to support infrastructure
                                                                                                                                        and facilities. The Plan also identifies provision for
                                                                                                                                        further Sustainable Urban Extensions that can
                                                                                                                                        deliver growth later in the plan period. Policy 8 does
                                                                                                                                        state that the release of these further SUE‟s may be
                                                                                                                                        brought forward if progress with the initial SUE for
                                                                                                                                        that town is delayed, or if development on brownfield
                                                                                                                                        sites falls significantly below anticipated levels.


0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 8             Woodland and agriculture have a role to play in renewable      This is considered to be too detailed for specific
                                                                   energy generation to underpin the growth agenda and this is an reference in the Core Strategy.
                                                                   area where North Northamptonshire could take a lead through
                                                                   the provision of sites, research and development and skills
                                                                   training.
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      Objective 8             Objective 8 should be extended to include reference to the role It is considered be too detailed to refer to specific
                                                                   that agricultural land and woodland has to play in renewable    technologies within this Objective.
                                                                   energy genaration.
0078 Rothwell Town                         4                       Affordable housing is mentioned, but we feel there is a need in The North Northamptonshire HMA has identified the
     Council                                                       the area for social housing as well.                            affordable (and social housing need). Policy 16
                                                                                                                                   outlines these targets and refers to meeting the
                                                                                                                                   requirements of specific needs groups.
0078 Rothwell Town                         4                       There is a lack of recreation facilities in Rothwell in particular   Para. 3.36 of the Strategy outlines the importance of
     Council                                                       for young people and there should be provision for this.             recreation and sports facilities and these are key
                                                                                                                                        aspects of the policy framework in section 4. The
                                                                                                                                        specific allocation of such facilities will be taken
                                                                                                                                        forward in the Site Specific DPDs prepared by the
                                                                                                                                        districts.
0078 Rothwell Town                         4                       If the A14 is upgraded, there will be a need for a local and     Some of the key strategic infrastructure needs of
     Council                                                       traffic-friendly road link between Rothwell and Kettering unless North Northamptonshire are set out in the key
                                                                   this section of the A14 goes off line.                           diagram. Site specific DPDs will make provision for
                                                                                                                                    required strategic and local infrastructure, including
                                                                                                                                    the retention of existing facilities where there is a
                                                                                                                                    continuing need, and the provision of new facilities.




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Ref  Organisation         Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0079 Collyweston Parish                      Objective 1             This is good vision if achievable but fears have been expressed       The strategy seeks to ensure vitality and viability in
     Council                                                         that all the money and ideas would be channelled into the             the rural areas within a framework of urban
                                                                     towns at the expense of the large rural areas of East and North       concentration set out in RSS8. Policy 1 sets out a
                                                                     Northamptonshire.                                                     concept of a rural service spine underpinned by rural
                                                                                                                                           service centres and improvements to public transport
                                                                                                                                           to link the service centres will their wider hinterlands.
                                                                                                                                           In the remaining rural areas, developments in the
                                                                                                                                           villages will only be justified where it can clearly be
                                                                                                                                           demonstrated that it is required to meet a clearly
                                                                                                                                           justified local need.

0079 Collyweston Parish                      Objective 2             Good forward thinking of road and rail improvements but        The Submission Strategy has promoted the
     Council                                                         something needs to be done NOW. The projected opening of       passenger rail station as a priority and this is
                                                                     passenger rail station at Corby in 2011 is not soon enough. By reflected in Policies 2 and 3 and their supporting text.
                                                                     then a large proportion of the housing development will be
                                                                     occupied and car commuting will be already causing road
                                                                     congestion problems in the area.
0079 Collyweston Parish                      Objective 3             We support the objective of development focus on the urban            By being part of the Core Strategy and being taken
     Council                                                         areas ensuring that there are „strategic gaps‟ between new            forward in Site Specific DPDs the Strategic Gaps will
                                                                     growth and the existing smaller settlements. These „strategic         have statutory weight, in assessing planning
                                                                     gaps‟ will require statutory protection to prevent their erosion by   applications.
                                                                     development sprawl.


0079 Collyweston Parish                      Objective 4             Fully support.                                                        Noted
     Council
0079 Collyweston Parish                      Objective 5             Support the objective for retail development plans provided           Noted
     Council                                                         they are achieved at the same pace as the housing
                                                                     development. Anything less will be detrimental to the existing
                                                                     community.
0079 Collyweston Parish                      Objective 6             Good vision provided that the quality of life is improved for the     Noted
     Council                                                         majority of ordinary working people in the existing and new
                                                                     communities. Ideas, enhancements and money must not be
                                                                     spent disproportionately on minority fringe groups at the
                                                                     expense of hardworking families.




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Ref  Organisation         Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0079 Collyweston Parish                      Objective 7             However a commitment must be made to actively monitoring            Infrastructure led growth is a key objective of the
     Council                                                         the balance between new development and the pace of                 MKSM SRS and has been taken forward as a
                                                                     infrastructure improvement – and if infrastructure is found to be   fundamental part of the Submission Strategy.
                                                                     lagging behind, measures taken to halt development till both
                                                                     elements „match‟.                                                   The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                         informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                         Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                         Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                         delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                         identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                         development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                         referred to in Policy 7.

0079 Collyweston Parish                      Objective 8             Concern has been expressed that the countryside surrounding         The policies and principles of the Strategy seek to
     Council                                                         the new developments is to be exploited and marketed as an          conserve and enhance North Northamptonshire' s
                                                                     „adventure playground‟ for the new urban community, blandly         environmental and cultural assets. The Green
                                                                     called „Green Infrastructure‟. This must not be allowed to          Infrastructure Framework is particularly reflected in
                                                                     happen at the expense of the rural community that live and          Policy 14: General Sustainable Development
                                                                     work there. The rural areas are a precious commodity that           Principles.
                                                                     must be protected. More detail is needed on how this is to be
                                                                     achieved.

0079 Collyweston Parish                      Objective 9             The wording of this objective sounds woolly and open to             Paras 3.49-3.50 outline that improvements to the
     Council                                                         misinterpretation and misuse – for example para. 4.26 “the          A14 are required to deliver growth.
                                                                     pace of development may be held back until the A14 is
                                                                     improved”. Who is going to stop the developers building if the      The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                     jobs and infrastructure have not kept pace? What monitoring is      informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                     in place and what teeth does it have? Much more detail, and a       Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                     solid commitment, is essential here.                                Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                         delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                         identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                         development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                         referred to in Policy 7.

0079 Collyweston Parish                      Vision                  It is a VISION (one dictionary definition – “a pleasuring          Noted.
     Council                                                         imaginative plan for”) that can hopefully be achieved, possibly
                                                                     not totally, but it acknowledges that there needs to be a definite
                                                                     goal to aim for.




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Ref  Organisation         Support   Oppose   Section                Para No   Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0079 Collyweston Parish                      4                                There is also an identified shortage of higher education         Education is identified in Table 2, and para 3.79
     Council                                                                  facilities – the area needs to attract a University. There is no makes reference to University provision.
                                                                              mention of Primary and Secondary Education requirements that
                                                                              will be of prime importance to those with school-age children
                                                                              moving to the area.
0080 National Trust                 Yes      the Vision for North   4.7       Although the growth strategy set out for the area will inevitably As stated in the Vision, the Strategy seeks to ensure
                                             Northamptonshire                 result in some significant areas of transformation it is clear that that North Northamptonshire is a better place.
                                                                              in 20 years time much of North Northamptonshire will function
                                                                              and look much as it does today


0080 National Trust                 Yes      the Vision for North   4.7       In particular it is not agreed that „North Northamptonshire as a     The Strategy seeks to ensure that development at all
                                             Northamptonshire                 whole will be transformed‟, rather that it will see significant      settlement levels beneifts North Northamptonshire
                                                                              changes and new opportunities concentrated in particular in its      holistically, to achieve greater self sufficiency and
                                                                              main settlements.                                               It   retention of services and wealth.
                                                                              is suggested that the last sentence of the Vision is deleted


0080 National Trust                 Yes      Setting the Strategic 4.15       There is no assessment of the role that primary industries such      It is considered too detailed to refer to this issue. The
                                             Direction of the Plan 4.16       as agriculture make to the economy of the area. Agriculture          Strategy seeks to preserve and enhance the natural
                                                                              also has a significant effect upon the quality and character of      and environmental assets of North
                                                                              the landscape and the Core Spatial Strategy should be clear          Northamptonshire, and this is particularly reflected in
                                                                              about its intentions for this key activity                           Policy 14 - General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                                   Principles
0080 National Trust                 Yes      Setting the Strategic 4.15       The stated intention „to support rural diversification proposals     Policy 12 Distribution of Jobs makes specific
                                             Direction of the Plan 4.16       and a more diverse rural economy‟ needs qualification, e.g.          reference to rural employment, and that the re-use of
                                                                              „subject to built and natural environmental assets and               existing buildings and infrastructure for employment
                                                                              landscape character being protected and, where appropriate,          related development will be encouraged in locations
                                                                              enhanced‟.                                                           within and adjoining settlements.


0080 National Trust                 Yes      Setting the Strategic 4.20       Objective 6 should make specific reference to tackling the      Section 4 'Building Sustainable Communities'
                                             Direction of the Plan            causes of climate change and introducing strategies to adapt to incorporates a specific section on addressing
                                                                              those climate change impacts that are now inevitable            Climate Change, and Policy 15 makes specific
                                                                                                                                              reference to this issue including a range of
                                                                                                                                              environmental targets that will be required to be met.




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Ref  Organisation     Support   Oppose   Section               Para No    Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0080 National Trust             Yes      Setting the Strategic 4.20       Objective 8/para 4.20 should include specific recognition of       The Strategy reflects the principles of the adopted
                                         Direction of the Plan            waste as a related issue                                           Northamptonshire Waste Local Plan seeking to
                                                                                                                                             increase levels of recycling, minimise waste within
                                                                                                                                             development, and making provision for waste
                                                                                                                                             management facilities within the sustainable urban
                                                                                                                                             extensions and other areas of development. These
                                                                                                                                             principles are reflected within Policies 15 and 17 of
                                                                                                                                             the Strategy.


0080 National Trust             Yes      Setting the Strategic Objective This is an overarching objective that relates to all of the other   All Spatial Objectives are overarching objectives that
                                         Direction of the Plan 8         Objectives whether they are dealing with growth, connections,       underpin the Strategy and its delivery and therefore
                                                                         the economy or services/facilities. As such it is appropriate to    will be delivered through the policy framework of the
                                                                         move it so that it is Objective 1                                   strategy.
0080 National Trust             Yes      Setting the Strategic Objective The related text only covers new infrastructure and fails to        The enhancement and management of built and
                                         Direction of the Plan 9         identify important related considerations such as ensuring the      natural assets is referred to in Objective 2. The role
                                                                         protection/enhancement of existing built and natural                of Green Infrastructure/Networks is referred to
                                                                         environment assets. It should also give explicit consideration      throughout the Strategy, particularly in Policy 5.
                                                                         to „green infrastructure‟ and the local networks that are needed
                                                                         to ensure ready access to existing and proposed green spaces.


0080 National Trust             Yes      Setting the Strategic 4.28       This statement is unambitious, especially in the light of the      Objective 2 makes specific reference to achieving a
                                         Direction of the Plan            requirements set out in RSS to achieve a step-change in the        step-change in biodiversity.
                                                                          level of biodiversity in the Region
0082 Countryside      YES                Setting the Strategic 4.20       We support objective 6 as it promotes the inclusion in the plan Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Agency/                             Direction of the Plan            of policies that will ensure that new development takes account Submission Strategy through Policies 14, 15, 17.
     English Nature                                                       of issues, such as, energy efficiency, landscape character,
                                                                          townscape character and local distinctiveness. In addition this
                                                                          objective also promotes leisure and cultural opportunities
                                                                          including the provision of open space and walking routes as
                                                                          part of new development




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Ref  Organisation     Support   Oppose   Section              Para No     Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0082 Countryside      YES                Setting the Strategic 4.24       We particular support objective eight as it incorporates many of Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Agency/                             Direction of the Plan            our own objectives and states that the plan will include policies Submission Strategy thorugh Policies 5, 14,17.
     English Nature                                                       on protection and enhancement of the landscape, the
                                                                          protection of biodiversity, and the provision of open space and
                                                                          sports and leisure facilities. We also support the policy‟s
                                                                          statement about bringing a step change in biodiversity
                                                                          management and a net gain in Green Infrastructure and
                                                                          retaining and enhancing landscape character and
                                                                          distinctiveness

0082 Countryside                Yes      Setting the Strategic 4.21 4.22 Objective 7 Although we support the spirit of Objective 7 it       Policy 14 makes specific reference to environmental
     Agency/                             Direction of the Plan           should be noted that brownfield land can support significant       protection which is applicable to brownfield sites.
     English Nature                                                      wildlife interests. We object therefore to the omission in the
                                                                         plan of a policy that would ensure that new development takes
                                                                         account of nature conservation issues on brownfield sites


0082 Countryside                Yes      Setting the Strategic 4.21 4.22 In support of objective 7 the plan should include a policy which This is considered to be too detailed for a Core
     Agency/                             Direction of the Plan           provides for the wildlife interests of a site to be properly     Strategy. Policy 14 makes specific reference to
     English Nature                                                      surveyed and assessed before a decision is made about its        environmental protection.
                                                                         suitability for development. This should provide for a nature
                                                                         conservation assessment to be undertaken to inform the
                                                                         design process, to allow wildlife interests to be retained and
                                                                         enhanced within the design process


0082 Countryside      Yes                Setting the Strategic 4.28       Paragraph 4.28 We support the section “How Do We Make             Noted. This has been taken forward throughout the
     Agency/                             Direction of the Plan            New Development a Success?” as it sets out clearly the main       Strategy, particularly in Section 4 'Building
     English Nature                                                       factors that contribute to making a successful and sustainable    Sustainable Communities'. Policy 14 outlines the
                                                                          development. It also incorporates many of the interests that we   General Sustainable Development Principles that will
                                                                          are concerned with such as, the creation of development that is   need to be reflected in new developments.
                                                                          accessible and integrated into the Green Infrastructure
                                                                          framework; ensuring that development will enhance local
                                                                          distinctiveness and character; ensuring that development
                                                                          minimises its impact on biodiversity and that opportunities are
                                                                          grasped for habitat management and creation; ensuring that
                                                                          new development promotes the principles of sustainability and
                                                                          makes efficient use of resources; and ensuring that new
                                                                          development responds to and reinforces landscape character




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section               Para No    Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0085 Persimmon Homes              YES      Setting the Strategic 4.6        It is considered that the reference to the creation of 'strong     It is considered that the levels of development
                                           Direction of the Plan            small towns in its rural eas t' should be expanded to secure the   proposed for Desborough and Rothwell are sufficient
                                                                            growth and regeneration of some of its small towns in the west,    to support their regeneration needs. Para 1.12
                                                                            particulary at Desborough and Rothwell. It is concened that the    makes reference to the period beyond 2021.
                                                                            impression given in the Vision is that by 2021, the growth and
                                                                            regeneration to be provided in North Northamptonshire will
                                                                            have all taken place; the implication that there will be no
                                                                            significant development beyond 2021.


0085 Persimmon Homes    Yes                Setting the Strategic 4.8-       Objective 3 is supported                                           Noted. This Objective has been taken forward in the
                                           Direction of the Plan 4.14                                                                          Submission Strategy in an amended Objective 3.

0085 Persimmon Homes                       Setting the Strategic 4.21-      Concerned that Objective 7 and its accompanying text is            The Objective (9 in Submission) recognises that the
                                           Direction of the Plan 4.22       focused on Corby. Whilst not denying that on-going                 regeneration of Corby Town Centre is a priority, in
                                                                            regeneration initiatives are required at Corby and the             accordance with RSS 8 and its review. However, this
                                                                            achievements of Catalyst Corby, prior to its merger with North     Objective also refers to other areas of North
                                                                            Northamptonshire, to be built on, there are other towns within     Northamptonshire. The regeneration of town centres
                                                                            the Growth Area which would benefit from regeneration and          is a key part of the Strategy and is referred to in the
                                                                            which justify a reference in the explatory text. Including         policy framework, particularly in section 3, policy 1.
                                                                            Wellinborough, Desborough, Rothwell and Raunds.


0088 Catesby Property   YES                Setting the Strategic 4.13 4.14 We support Objective Three of the Core strategy and note that       The North Northamptonshire Market Towns and
     Group                                 Direction of the Plan           the villages of Thrapston, Oundle, Raunds and Irthlingborough       Rural Regeneration Study concluded that Earls
                                                                           are identified as locations for future growth - Earls Barton        Barton was not suitable for a Local Service Centre
                                                                           should be identified for similar reasons.                           due to its close proximity to Northampton and
                                                                                                                                               Welingborough and the apparent lack of villages that
                                                                                                                                               are likely to rely on it to any great extent for access to
                                                                                                                                               services or jobs.
0088 Catesby Property   YES                Setting the Strategic 4.13 4.14 We support the general presumption that new developments            The Strategy incorporates Strategic Gaps, as a clear
     Group                                 Direction of the Plan           will be within or closely related to existing settlements and that mechanism for preventing coalescence, a
                                                                           important strategic gaps in developments should be maintained fundamental aim of the RSS and its review. These
                                                                                                                                              are identified on the Key Diagram and in Policy 6 and
                                                                                                                                              will be defined in detail in site specific development
                                                                                                                                              plan documents.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section                 Para No   Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0088 Catesby Property             Yes      Setting the Strategic 4.20 4.22 Despite the similarities in size between Earls Barton and the        The North Northamptonshire Market Towns and
     Group                                 Direction of the Plan           other settlements identified for growth, Earls Barton could          Rural Regeneration Study concluded that Earls
                                                                           benefit from improvements to its provision of services,              Barton was not suitable for a Local Service Centre
                                                                           therefore a modest extension to the village could make               due to its close proximity to Northampton and
                                                                           provision fro new community facilities.                              Welingborough and the apparent lack of villages that
                                                                                                                                                are likely to rely on it to any great extent for access to
                                                                                                                                                services or jobs.
0089 Weldon Parish                         Setting the Strategic 4.10        Objective Two. Corby can only have a direct line railway station   There has been no operator/government support for
     Council                               Direction of the Plan             if it is located at Glendon. This would replace the existing       this proposal, or assessment of its viability, and
                                                                             Kettering station and serve Kettering, Corby, Desborough,          consequently it has not been taken forward in the
                                                                             Rothwell etc. It would logistically improve the road and rail      Submission Strategy. The location of Corby Rail
                                                                             systems, reduce carbon emissions and result in a balanced,         Station will be in the town centre to contribute to the
                                                                             sustained and economic environment.                                town's regeneration needs.

                                                                                                                                                Para 3.25 outlines that the provision of mainline
                                                                                                                                                services to rail stations at smaller towns such as
                                                                                                                                                Desborough can be considered at a later date once
                                                                                                                                                the priority of securing a passenger service at Corby
                                                                                                                                                has been achieved.

0089 Weldon Parish                         Setting the Strategic             Objective Three. There are no reassurances given as to how         The prevention of coalescence is a key part/objective
     Council                               Direction of the Plan             villages and other urban areas will be protected from urban        of the Core Strategy reflecting the policies of the
                                                                             sprawl. We again emphasise the need for Weldon to be               RSS and its review. One of the criteria within the
                                                                             considered as a special case with the objective of the village     North Northamptonshire Urban Extensions Study
                                                                             retaining its rural identity and way of life.                      was the prevention of coalescence. The Strategy
                                                                                                                                                incorporates Strategic Gaps, as a clear mechanism
                                                                                                                                                for preventing coalescence, a fundamental aim of the
                                                                                                                                                RSS and its review. These are identified on the Key
                                                                                                                                                Diagram and in Policy 6 and will be defined in detail
                                                                                                                                                in site specific development plan documents.




0089 Weldon Parish                         Setting the Strategic             Objective Four. There is widespread concern that Corby is only In relation to employment the Core Strategy seeks to
     Council                               Direction of the Plan             attracting "shed" industry and jobs. Higher quality            both build on existing strengths and diversify the
                                                                             manufacturing jobs are needed.                                 economy. This is specifically reflected in Policies 9
                                                                                                                                            and 12 and the supporting text.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section                 Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0089 Weldon Parish                         Setting the Strategic             Objective seven. There needs to be greater emphasis on how          Local communities will be given ample opportunities
     Council                               Direction of the Plan             communities will help draw up the detailed plans for their          to participate in the detailed plans for their individual
                                                                             individual areas.                                                   areas. This is set out in the adopted North
                                                                                                                                                 Northamptonshire Joint Statement of Community
                                                                                                                                                 Involvement.
0089 Weldon Parish                         Setting the Strategic             Objective eight. We perceive a loss of green infrastructure in      The Submission Strategy has sought to reflect and
     Council                               Direction of the Plan             Weldon which needs to be considered exclusively in view of          implement the Strategic Green Infrastructure
                                                                             the reduction of the parish to urban development. What              Network within North Northamptonshire. This is set
                                                                             remains needs to be classified as green infrastructure and          out in Figure 10 and Policy 5 and its supporting text.
                                                                             protected from further development.                                 More local identification will be identified in the Site
                                                                                                                                                 Specific DPDs to be prepared by the districts.


0089 Weldon Parish                YES      Setting the Strategic             Objective nine. We are concerned at the over-dependence on          Future developments will need to be in conformity
     Council                               Direction of the Plan             developer contributions. There is a real danger that future         with the policies and principles of the Core Strategy,
                                                                             developments is being led by speculators and developers             and the Site Specific DPDs, which seek to ensure
                                                                             rather than being based on specific, sustainable, independently     high quality, sustainable development in North
                                                                             planned solutions.                                                  Northamptonshire supported by the necessary
                                                                                                                                                 infrastructure (Policy 7).


0090 Northamptonshire                      Setting the Strategic             The Submission Core Strategy should set out a clear and             Policy 1, and its accompanying table has sought to
     County Council                        Direction of the Plan             robust settlement and development strategy for the rural areas      clarify the role of the rural areas. It outlines that
                                                                             of North Northamptonshire. This settlement and development          development in the villages will be justified where it
                                                                             strategy for the rural areas should be based around the             can be clearly demonstrated that it is required to
                                                                             following principles that support national, regional and sub-       meet local needs for employment and housing, and
                                                                             regional policy:                                                    to support the retention of local services and
                                                                             - that there is extremely limited housing development in the        facilities.
                                                                             rural areas and that this should be basically limited to specific
                                                                             affordable housing provision with no open market housing the
                                                                             vast majority of rural settlements. Village Plans should be
                                                                             produced on the basis of this fundamental policy approach and
                                                                             should not seek to circumvent it.
                                                                             - That there is acknowledgement that there are a select number
                                                                             of settlements in the rural areas that have the service base or a
                                                                             more urban built form, or both, that would make them
                                                                             appropriate locations for other than affordable housing. These
                                                                             settlements should be named.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section                 Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0090 Northamptonshire                      Setting the Strategic             The Submission Core Strategy should contain a policy direction This guidance is contained within Section 4 'Building
     County Council                        Direction of the Plan             relating to the principles and the priorities for the townscape, Sustainable Communities', particularly Policy 14,
                                                                             streetscape and general urban environment of the urban areas General Sustainable Development Principles.
                                                                             of North Northamptonshire

0090 Northamptonshire                      Setting the Strategic             The Submission Core Strategy should set out a clear spatial       The Submission Strategy seeks to achieve this in
     County Council                        Direction of the Plan             strategy for North Northamptonshire and how the                   Section 3 which sets out through the Spatial
                                                                             implementation of this strategy will realise the vision for the   Strategy, particularly through Policy 1 and its
                                                                             area.                                                             supporting table. Policy 11 also outlines the
                                                                                                                                               distribution of development commensurate to the
                                                                                                                                               settlements role.
0090 Northamptonshire                      Setting the Strategic             A clearer spatial definition of the roles expected to be played by The Submission Strategy seeks to achieve this in
     County Council                        Direction of the Plan             the smaller towns should be set out.                               Section 3 which sets out through the Spatial
                                                                                                                                                Strategy, particularly through Policy 1 and its
                                                                                                                                                supporting table. Policy 11 also outlines the
                                                                                                                                                distribution of development commensurate to the
                                                                                                                                                settlements role.
0091 Boyer Planning     YES                Vision                            We support the general vision for focussing major growth at the Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                                             towns of Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby. Moreover we       Submission Strategy.
                                                                             would support the vision for creating strong small towns and to
                                                                             encourage a vibrant mix of rural communities.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section               Para No   Summary of Representation                                      JPU Response
No
0091 Boyer Planning                        Vision                          The acheivement of such a vision requires significant          Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
                                                                           investment in infrastructure and to locate development which   recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                                           can provide new investment in local infrastructure that will   dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                           benefit existing communities.                                  of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                                                                                          Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                          should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                          agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                          service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                          ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                          expanding population.

                                                                                                                                          The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                          informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                          Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                          Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                          delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                          identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                          development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                          referred to in Policy 7.



0098 Borough Council of YES                Vision & Objectives             It is considered that this improves the clarity of the strategic Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
     Wellingborough                                                        direction & should be supported.                                 Submission Strategy, although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                            make it more locally specific and easier to
                                                                                                                                            understand the key messages within it. The
                                                                                                                                            Objectives have been amended and re-ordered to
                                                                                                                                            aid their clarity, with 2 additional Objectives.


0099 East                                  Objective 2                     No mention of transport issues within this section under       Objective 5 (formerly Objective 2 in PO) has been
     Northamptonshire                                                      Objective 2, in particular the A6, A43 and A47 as major road   amended to make clearer reference to transport
     Council                                                               links should be referred to in all sections of the document    issues, and the importance of achieving modal shift.
                                                                           where transport issues were considered.                        The transport strategy is set out in paras 3.15-3.31
                                                                                                                                          and policies 2-4.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0099 East                                  Objective 4             The level of average wages and their interaction/relationship    It is considered to be too detailed to refer to these
     Northamptonshire                                              with house prices should be added to Objective 4 and a           specifically, as Objective 7 incorporates these
     Council                                                       comparison with other areas be made, in particular Cambridge. factors.
                                                                   Members queried whether the new Plans would be based on a
                                                                   desired level of average wage because this would impact on
                                                                   the affordability of housing. This would assist the Learning and
                                                                   Skills Council objective to raise the average wage and increase
                                                                   skill levels in the local labour force.


0099 East                                  Objective 6             No mention about existing communities.                            Objective 8 (6 in PO) makes reference to providing
     Northamptonshire                                                                                                                for the needs of the existing and new population.
     Council
0099 East                                  Objective 7             No recognition of existing infrastructure deficit.                The need to provide, "necessary supporting
     Northamptonshire                                                                                                                infrastructure" in Objective 9 (formerly Objective 7 in
     Council                                                                                                                         PO) includes making good existing deficits. Section
                                                                                                                                     D Delivering Infrastructure as part of Section 3
                                                                                                                                     makes reference to infrastructure defecits.

0099 East                                  Figure 2                The A47 and A6116 were not included as „Priority Routes‟ on Noted. This reflects their status within the
     Northamptonshire                                              the area map.                                               Northamptonshire LTP. The Strategy has also been
     Council                                                                                                                   informed by the outcomes of the Highways Agency's
                                                                                                                               A14 study and NCC transport modelling and strategy
                                                                                                                               work.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0100 Michael Guest                      4                       Before any additional housing, as you suggest, is started, it is   Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
                                                                essential that two new hospitals be built. Their location should   recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                                be in easy reach of Kettering. The present hospital, in            dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                Kettering, is working at full capacity.                            of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                                                                                   Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                   should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                   agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                   service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                   ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                   expanding population.

                                                                                                                                   The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                   informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                   Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                   Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                   delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                   identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                   development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                   referred to in Policy 7.



0100 Michael Guest                      4                       All services such as Electricity, Gas, Water and Sewerage be       Infrastructure led growth is a key objective of the
                                                                provided on a dedicated basis to the new development. The          MKSM SRS and has been taken forward as a
                                                                present services are working to capacity                           fundamental part of the Submission Strategy.

                                                                                                                                   The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                   informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                   Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                   Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                   delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                   identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                   development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                   referred to in Policy 7.

0101 CJC Developments YES               Objective 1   4.80      Objective One paragraph 4.8 states that “The Growth Towns          Noted. This Objective and approach has been taken
     Ltd                                                        and Smaller Towns will work together at the Heart of               forward in the Submission Strategy.
                                                                Northamptonshire to generate the investment and wealth that
                                                                makes the area successful”. We support this approach
                                                                especially as it is recognising the role of „Smaller Towns‟ i.e.
                                                                Desborough.




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Ref  Organisation     Support   Oppose   Section       Para No     Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0101 CJC Developments YES                Objective 3   4.13        The comments made within Objective Three Paragraph 4.13               Noted. This Objective has been taken forward in the
     Ltd                                                           are welcomed in relation to focusing new homes, jobs and              Submission Strategy. The specific allocation of sites
                                                                   infrastructure to both the Growth Towns and the Smaller               in Desborough will be through the Site Specifc
                                                                   Towns. I would emphasise the significant role that an extension       Proposals DPD to be prepared by Kettering Borough
                                                                   of The Grange at Desborough could play in meeting this                Council.
                                                                   objective.
0101 CJC Developments YES                Objective 9   4.25        Objective 9 is supported and given the WSP Utilities Study and Noted this has been taken forward as Objective 6.
     Ltd                                                           its conclusions it makes logical sense to deliver The Grange
                                                                   Desboroough and make a realistic step change in delivering
                                                                   housing in the SRS.
0102 Kettering Borough          YES      Objectives    4.7 - 4.27 The Borough Council is concerned that the objectives and               Section 3 outlines the 'Spatial Strategy' of the Plan. It
     Council                                                      supporting text do not provide reference to maximising the use         is considered that Objective 6 sufficiently refers to
                                                                  of existing infrastructure. Overall it is difficult to ascertain the   these issues. Policies 7 and 11 supporting text
                                                                  links between the objectives, the supporting text and general          makes specific referencing to the key infrastructure
                                                                  text within the document and the way in which policy options           requirements, some of which are set out in the key
                                                                  will develop at the submission stage.                                  diagram.

0102 Kettering Borough                   Vision                    The vision should draw more upon the recognition of improving It is considered that this issue is sufficiently picked
     Council                                                       the quality of life of the existing and future population and  up through the Spatial Objectives and is a key part of
                                                                   reference to the maintenance of character and diversity of the the policy framework to implement these.
                                                                   area be included.
0104 William Davis Ltd          YES      4 Vision                  The wording of the „Vision‟ should be corrected so that it refers It is considered the Vision makes sufficient reference
                                                                   more generally to "…creating strong small towns and               to this issue.
                                                                   encouraging a vibrant mix of rural communities in its rural
                                                                   east. ”
0104 William Davis Ltd          YES      objective 1               Objective 1 should refer to “Ensure the scale and location of   Objective 3 makes reference to the Network of
                                                                   growth in North Northamptonshire, particularly of the Growth    settlements.
                                                                   Towns of Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough and the smaller
                                                                   towns , is shaped by the role, function, character and
                                                                   development potential of the area in its national, regional and
                                                                   sub-regional context.”


0104 William Davis Ltd   YES             objective 3   4.13        William Davis Ltd supports the objective for an urban focussed Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                                   development framework as outlined and described in             Submission Strategy.
                                                                   supporting paragraph 4.13; focussing strategic development on
                                                                   the growth towns of Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough and
                                                                   the smaller towns.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section    Para No   Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0105 Bovis Homes                        4                    The overall thrust of the Vision and Objectives is generally    Noted. The Vision and Objectives have been taken
     Limited                                                 supported. It is pleasing to note that the Vision has been      forward in the Submission Strategy, although have
                                                             simplified since the 'Options for North Northamptonshire' (June be amended and re-ordered to increase their clarity.
                                                             2005).
0105 Bovis Homes                        4                    There is still a need to consider how the success of the        Monitoring of the objectives and policies to deliver
     Limited                                                 objectives can appropriately be measured in the absence of      these is set out in Section 5.
                                                             targets or other metrics being introduced for monitoring
                                                             porposes. In some cases, when compared to the Options
                                                             document, the objectives have been weakened by the omission
                                                             of targets for matters such as specifying the housing growth to
                                                             be delivered.
0105 Bovis Homes                        4                    Support is expressed Objectives One and Three where new               Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Limited                                                 growth within North Northamptonshire is principally directed          strategy.
                                                             towards the Growth Towns (e.g. Wellingborough), Smaller
                                                             Towns (e.g. Rothwell) and Rural Service Centres (e.g.
                                                             Raunds).
0105 Bovis Homes                        4                    There is recognition in the Preferred Options that the growth         This recognition has been taken forward in the
     Limited                                                 proposals in North Northamptonshire cannot be delivered               Submission Strategy. Policy 8 refers to the
                                                             without the need for some greenfield land releases at the             sustainable urban extensions needed to deliver the
                                                             named settlements. This recognition should be carried forward         strategy and Para 3.86, the allocation and release of
                                                             into the submitted Joint Core Strategy.                               smaller greenfield sites.

0105 Bovis Homes                        4                    However, it is essential that if the required level of growth is to   Policy 10 Distribution & Location of Development
     Limited                                                 be delivered by 2021 that the Joint Core Strategy recognises          reflects this requirement.
                                                             the need for the concurrent redevelopment of brownfield
                                                             opportunitiies and release of greenfield sites for development.
                                                             Failure to adopt a balanced approach in the Joint Core Spatial
                                                             Strategy and subsequent Local Development Documents will
                                                             frustrate the delivery of the SRS/RSS8 and the objectives of
                                                             the joint core strategy.

0105 Bovis Homes                        4                    It is appropriate for the Joint Core Strategy to provide a clear      Noted. This is clarified in Section 3, and Policy 11
     Limited                                                 steer concerning the scale of growth at the named settlements         and its supporting table.
                                                             and, especially for significant urban extensions with wider
                                                             implications, to express a preference for general direction of
                                                             growth.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section   Para No    Summary of Representation                                        JPU Response
No
0105 Bovis Homes                           4                    For other settlements, the general principle of Local            Noted.
     Limited                                                    Development Documents allocating land for growth is
                                                                supported provided that the level of growth reflects the Joint
                                                                Core Spatial Strategy and full regard is had to the various
                                                                consultants studies which underpin the preferred options for
                                                                North Northamptonshire.
0106 Home Builders      YES                Vision               No reason given.                                                 Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
     Federation                                                                                                                  Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                 make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                 understand the key messages within it.

0106 Home Builders                         4                    With regard to the detailed intention to set environmental       Environmental standards refers to the total
     Federation                                                 standards for housing within the plan area, this should be       development and may include issues such as the
                                                                governed by the Building Regulations and not by a variety of     need for a percentage of energy requirements in new
                                                                differing standards.                                             development to come from on site renewables as
                                                                                                                                 indicated in PPS 22 (and the most recent Draft
                                                                                                                                 Climate Change PPS) as well as layout and
                                                                                                                                 orientation of new development. This approach is
                                                                                                                                 also consistent with the Draft Regional Plan, which
                                                                                                                                 incorporates a range of environmental targets.


0107 Taylor Woodrow               YES      4         4.60       It is concerned that the impression given in the Vision is that by The Core Strategy covers the period to 2021. Paras
     Developments LTD                                           2021 the growth and regeneration to be provided in North           1.21-1.23 makes reference to the period to 2026.
                                                                Northamptonshire will have all taken place; the implication
                                                                being that there will be no significant development beyond
                                                                2021. This would clearly not accord with the MKSM Sub-
                                                                Regional Strategy.
0107 Taylor Woodrow                        4         4.21-4.22 Some of the other areas, apart from Corby, which would benefit Policy 1 and its supporting table outlines the town
     Developments LTD                                          from regeneration should be specified.                         centres that require regeneration.

0107 Taylor Woodrow   YES                  4         Figure 2   The indications of the directions of growth are supported        Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Developments LTD                                                                                                            Submission Strategy.




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Ref  Organisation         Support   Oppose   Section               Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0109 Drayton Estate                 YES      4                     4.26      The final sentence of Paragraph 4.26 suggests that the pace of    This refence was intended to give the reader of the
                                                                             development may be held back until the A14 is improved. This      Preferred Options a clear understanding of the
                                                                             cannot happen and therefore we object to the inclusion of this    issues with the A14, and emphasise the importance
                                                                             reference. If development is held back then the other parts of    of improvements to it. Para 3.43 refers to this issue
                                                                             MKSM will out-perform North Northamptonshire because it will      and its potential impact on the delivery of growth.
                                                                             be easier for them to attract new growth.


0110 Northamptonshire                        Setting The                     We suggest that the vision is mindful of the area‟s aims          The Vision has reflected the key economic strategies
     Chamber                                 Strategic Direction             regarding increased productivity and economic diversification.    aspirations and the North Northamptonshire
                                             Of The Plan                                                                                       Community Strategies, with an emphasis to increase
                                                                                                                                               skills, and diversify the economy into higher order
                                                                                                                                               activities.
0110 Northamptonshire     Yes                Setting The                     In relation to the draft Objectives, the Chamber is broadly       Noted. The Objectives have been taken forward in
     Chamber                                 Strategic Direction             supportive of their wide and comprehensive remit.                 the Submission Strategy, and amended where
                                             Of The Plan                                                                                       necessary to increase their clarity.

0110 Northamptonshire                        Setting The                     Objective Five. Attention must be given to the economic drivers Section 3 and the policies within it seeks to focus
     Chamber                                 Strategic Direction             of town centres. To ensure that the “real hearts for their      services and facilities towards town centres.
                                             Of The Plan                     communities” aspiration is realized. the renewal of the town
                                                                             centres in North Northants will be the success on which rest of
                                                                             the area‟s development hinges.


0111 Sport England        Yes                Setting The                     Sport England would support the Vision for North               Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
                                             Strategic Direction             Northamptonshire. Sport has a role to play in developing North Submission Strategy, although has been clarified to
                                             Of The Plan                     Northamptonshire.                                              make reference to self-sufficiency.
0117 Wellingborough                          Setting The                     Revenue spend of infrastructure requirements for people, etc.     Noted. This matter will be specifically dealt with in
     Partnership                             Strategic Direction             in advance of need is just as important as the capital spend in   the Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning
                                             Of The Plan                     advance.                                                          Document.
0117 Wellingborough                          Setting The                     The regeneration / improvement for present residents and          The Submission Strategy seeks to meet the
     Partnership                             Strategic Direction             businesses must not be forgotten                                  regeneration needs of settlements in North
                                             Of The Plan                                                                                       Northamptonshire.
0118 Duchy of Lancaster                      Setting The           Objective The creation of sustainable development in Higham Ferriers.       The Strategy has provided a combined housing
                                             Strategic Direction   3                                                                           figure for Rushden, Higham Ferrers and
                                             Of The Plan                                                                                       Irthlingborough due to their close physical and
                                                                                                                                               functional relationships. The detailed distribution will
                                                                                                                                               be determined by East Northamptonshire Council in
                                                                                                                                               their Site Specific '3 Towns' LDD in the light of local
                                                                                                                                               studies and consuiltation.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section               Para No    Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0118 Duchy of Lancaster Yes                Setting The           Objective The bringing of new business to Higham Ferriers which              The Strategy has provided a combined housing
                                           Strategic Direction   4         encourages local employment and creates vitality in rural          figure for Rushden, Higham Ferrers and
                                           Of The Plan                     areas. Utilising employment land to develop sustainable            Irthlingborough due to their close physical and
                                                                           communities through a balanced mix of employment and               functional relationships. The detailed distribution will
                                                                           residential with other related issues such as education, leisure   be determined by East Northamptonshire Council in
                                                                           and community uses.                                                their Site Specific '3 Towns' LDD in the light of local
                                                                                                                                              studies and consuiltation. The specific allocation of
                                                                                                                                              employment sites in East Northamptonshire will be
                                                                                                                                              identified in their site specific '3 Towns' LDD.



0118 Duchy of Lancaster Yes                Setting The           Objective The strengthening of the quality of life in Higham Ferriers        The Strategy has provided a combined housing
                                           Strategic Direction   6         through the creation of safe, stable and strong communities        figure for Rushden, Higham Ferrers and
                                           Of The Plan                     providing for the housing needs of the existing and new            Irthlingborough due to their close physical and
                                                                           population. Promotion of well being and good health and            functional relationships. The detailed distribution will
                                                                           ensuring retention and development of local character              be determined by East Northamptonshire Council in
                                                                           supporting area based renewal.                                     their Site Specific '3 Towns' LDD in the light of local
                                                                                                                                              studies and consuiltation.


0118 Duchy of Lancaster Yes                Setting The           Objective Developer contributions to infrastructure is accepted and will     This matter will be specifically dealt with in the
                                           Strategic Direction   9         only work providing it is proportional to the size and nature of   'Developer Contributions' SPD.
                                           Of The Plan                     the proposed development.
0118 Duchy of Lancaster Yes                Setting The           4.6        The Duchy agrees, in principle, that development should be      Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                           Strategic Direction              focused on key urban areas, and that rural needs can be "met Submission Strategy.
                                           Of The Plan                      by focussing growth and infrastructure provision on key service
                                                                            centres" para 4.6 (p.12)
0120 Walgrave Parish                       Objective 8           4.39,      Concern: Objective 8: „should be designed to be Carbon            Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Council                                                     4.37, 4.45 Neutral‟ . Where is the plan? We agree with the Baker Report      Submission Strategy, although the Strategy now
                                                                            points 4.39, 4.37 and 4.45. The sustainability study seems to     refers to for the proposed SUEs and schemes of 25
                                                                            question the whole statement of Carbon Neutral development,       or more dwellings at least 30% of heat and power
                                                                            vehicle dependency and road up-grades and we would support        requirements being met by on site or local renewable
                                                                            their analysis. We strongly question the ability of the chosen    non fossil fuel sources (Policy 15). Section 4
                                                                            options to deliver carbon neutrality.                             'Building Sustainable Communities' incorporates a
                                                                                                                                              range of policies to support the Vision and Objectives
                                                                                                                                              and ensure that new development is of the highest
                                                                                                                                              standards of design to promote green technologies.




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Ref  Organisation      Support   Oppose   Section                Para No   Summary of Representation                                      JPU Response
No
0120 Walgrave Parish                      Setting The            4.17, 418 Concern: Affordable Housing – the report gives no general      The North Northamptonshire HMA has informed the
     Council                              Strategic Direction              flavour of the type of mix of developments. Baker Associates   Strategy as to the affordable housing requirements in
                                          Of The Plan                      Report: we agree with point 4.17 and 4.18. Concerns over the   the area and these are outlined in Policy 16. The
                                                                           ability to retain the affordability of housing in perpetuity   Submission Strategy allows suitable development in
                                                                                                                                          the rural areas, reflecting the hierarchy of the RSS.


0120 Walgrave Parish                      Setting The                      Concern: Healthcare Provision- Concerns over the scant         Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
     Council                              Strategic Direction              information considering the expected demand on healthcare      recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                          Of The Plan                      facilities particularly of primary care.                       dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                                                                                          of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                                                                                          Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                          should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                          agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                          service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                          ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                          expanding population.

                                                                                                                                          The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                          informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                          Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                          Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                          delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                          identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                          development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                          referred to in Policy 7.



0122 Northamptonshire   YES               the Vision for North             We welcome the statement that "North Northamptonshire will     Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
     Heartlands Primary                   Northamptonshire                 be a safe, healthy, attractive and sustainable area…"          Submission Strategy although has been amended to
     Care Trust                                                                                                                           make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                                                                                          understand the key messages within it.

0122 Northamptonshire   YES               the Vision for North   4.8       We welcome the policy of reducing the need to travel for       Noted. The Vision has been taken forward in the
     Heartlands Primary                   Northamptonshire                 employment and services (also referred to in 5.9)              Submission Strategy, although has been clarified to
     Care Trust                                                                                                                           make reference to self-sufficiency.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section                Para No   Summary of Representation                                              JPU Response
No
0122 Northamptonshire   YES                the Vision for North   4.17      Objective six. We welcome the recognition of the need to invest        Some of the key strategic infrastructure needs of
     Heartlands Primary                    Northamptonshire                 in accessible healthcare facilities, and would wish to see the         North Northamptonshire are set out on the Key
     Care Trust                                                             need for sites recognised at the early stages of development           Diagram. Site specific DPDs will make provision for
                                                                            planning. We would welcome working in accommodation                    required strategic and local infrastructure, including
                                                                            alongside partners                                                     the retention of existing facilities where there is a
                                                                                                                                                   continuing need, and the provision of new facilities.


0122 Northamptonshire                      the Vision for North   4.17      We would wish to see accessibility criteria for the location of        Policy 14 sets out the General Sustainable
     Heartlands Primary                    Northamptonshire                 new health or health related facilities explicitly recognised in the   Development Principles and Policy 17, Sustainable
     Care Trust                                                             Plan. We would wish this section to be strengthened consistent         Urban Extensions states that proposals for sites
                                                                            with the 'Vision' on page 13                                           should make provision for good local accesibility to
                                                                                                                                                   an appropriate level of health facilities that meet local
                                                                                                                                                   needs.
0122 Northamptonshire                      the Vision for North             Objective six. We would propose the objective to be amended            Objective 8 (formerly Objective 6) has been
     Heartlands Primary                    Northamptonshire                 to read:                                                               amended to make reference to healthy communities.
     Care Trust                                                             "Strengthen the quality of life throughout North
                                                                            Northamptonshire by supporting initiatives that build stable,
                                                                            safe, strong and healthy communities….".


0122 Northamptonshire                      the Vision for North   4.20      Para 4.20 We would propose that this paragraph is amended to These issues are reflected in Policy 14, General
     Heartlands Primary                    Northamptonshire                 read: "In support of this objective, the plan will include policies Sustainable Development Principles.
     Care Trust                                                             on the design and density of new development, including
                                                                            issues such as planning out crime, creating healthy
                                                                            environments, energy efficiency, landscape character,
                                                                            townscape character and local distinctiveness (local character)"


0122 Northamptonshire   Yes                the Vision for North   4.24      We would support policies which protect water sources and          Criteria s) of Policy 14 General Sustainable
     Heartlands Primary                    Northamptonshire                 prevent flooding. A good quality water supply is essential to      Development Principles makes reference to these
     Care Trust                                                             health, and flooding has significant health implications for those issues.
                                                                            affected
0122 Northamptonshire   Yes                the Vision for North   4.24      We support the adoption of BREEAM/EcoHomes standard and Policy 15 Energy Efficiency and Sustainable
     Heartlands Primary                    Northamptonshire                 taking account of best practice in other parts of the country, Construction supports the Vision and Objectives and
     Care Trust                                                             such as the London Renewables Toolkit                          seeks to ensure that new development is of the
                                                                                                                                           highest standards of design to promote green
                                                                                                                                           technologies and the use of renewables for heat and
                                                                                                                                           power requirements.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section                 Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0122 Northamptonshire                      the Vision for North    4.24      We propose that the adoption of 'Lifetime Homes Standards'          Criteria e) of Policy 16 Sustainable Housing
     Heartlands Primary                    Northamptonshire                  be included. Population forecasts show that there will be a very    Provision refers to "New dwellings will be capable of
     Care Trust                                                              significant increase in the number of older people in North         being adapted to meet the needs of all people in line
                                                                             Northants during the plan period. 'Lifetime Homes Standards'        with the 'lifetimes homes' standard.
                                                                             will ensure that homes are fit for purpose now and in the future,
                                                                             and may reduce the need for long-term institutional care


0122 Northamptonshire   Yes                the Vision for North    4.28      We support the designing of communities which are and feel          Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
     Heartlands Primary                    Northamptonshire                  safe                                                                Principles makes reference to development
     Care Trust                                                                                                                                  addressing the need to design out crime and
                                                                                                                                                 eliminate the fear of crime.
0122 Northamptonshire                      the Vision for North    4.28      We propose an additional section after 'Safety and Security' to     Criteria j) within Policy 14 General Sustainable
     Heartlands Primary                    Northamptonshire                  read: "Health Ensuring that developments are designed to            Development Principles refers to development:
     Care Trust                                                              enable communities to lead healthy lives, and to minimise           being designed to promote healthier lifestyles and for
                                                                             health risks and hazards"                                           people to be active outside their homes and places
                                                                                                                                                 of work.
0122 Northamptonshire                      the Vision for North              In the section 'Development Linkages on page 18, we propose Criteria k) within Policy 14 General Sustainable
     Heartlands Primary                    Northamptonshire                  that 'cycle paths' are included                             Development Principles refers to
     Care Trust                                                                                                                          development:allowing for travel to home, shops, work
                                                                                                                                         and school on foot and by cycle.
0123 Environment                           Setting the Strategic             We welcome the overall spirit and intention of Objective 8, but     It is considered unecessary to include this reference
     Agency                                Direction of the Plan             suggest that the objective should recognise that many natural       within the Objective. Spatial Planning requires the
                                                                             resources do not respect administrative boundaries. The             consideration of cross boundary impacts.
                                                                             objective could instead perhaps refer to (for example)
                                                                             “…natural resources of North Northamptonshire and beyond”.


0123 Environment                  Yes      Setting the Strategic             The addition of “in the context of major growth” seems to be        This reference was to assist the readers of the
     Agency                                Direction of the Plan             unnecessary and could be perceived as allowing for                  Preferred Options and has not been specifically
                                                                             compromise of environmental sustainability.                         taken forward in the Submission Strategy, although
                                                                                                                                                 the recognition of the context of major growth is
                                                                                                                                                 implicit in the Strategy.
0123 Environment                           Setting the Strategic             Similarly, whilst we strongly endorse the overall intention of      It is considered that enhancement of the environment
     Agency                                Direction of the Plan             Objective 9, we request that it be amended to state “…sustain       is sufficiently covered within the other Objectives,
                                                                             and enhance existing communities and the environment …”.            and Strategy as a whole and therefore it is
                                                                                                                                                 unnecessary to repeat this reference here.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section                 Para No   Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0123 Environment                        Setting the Strategic 4.24        Such policies, alongside those requiring the efficient use and       These factors are given significant weight in the
     Agency                             Direction of the Plan             conservation of water and the prevention of pollution, will be       Submission Strategy, particularly in Policy 15 Energy
                                                                          essential. Rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling, and           Efficiency and Sustainable Construction and are
                                                                          reduction in water usage are all elements of the efficient use       also reflected in Policies 14 and 17.
                                                                          and conservation of water.
0123 Environment                        Setting the Strategic 4.24        Paragraph 4.24 related to Objective 8 proposes that "all new         The Strategy (Policy 15) now outlines that for the
     Agency                             Direction of the Plan             sustainable urban extensions should be designed to be 'carbon        proposed SUEs or schemes of 25 or more dwellings
                                                                          neutral' ". This is a very significant statement and if this         30% of the heat and power requirements should be
                                                                          commitment is actually achieved „on the ground‟, it would be a       met by on site or local renewable non fossil fuel
                                                                          commendable achievement. We would wish to see this                   sources and takes forward the targets in the draft
                                                                          statement expanded upon and appropriate policies should be           Regional Plan that schemes that require an EIA must
                                                                          included in the Strategy to ensure that this is achieved             be operationally carbon neutral.


0123 Environment                        Setting the Strategic             Consideration is not however given to the impacts of climate         Incorporated within Section 4 is a specific section on
     Agency                             Direction of the Plan             change in the paper. The issue needs to be addressed as              addressing climate change, including Policy 15
                                                                          predictions indicate that flood risk will increase in future years   Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction.
                                                                                                                                               Further guidance on these issues is contained within
                                                                                                                                               the Sustainable Design SPD.


0123 Environment                        Setting the Strategic             The Strategy should include an objective and policies for the        The Strategy reflects the principles of the adopted
     Agency                             Direction of the Plan             reduction, reuse and recycling of waste. The policies and            Northamptonshire Waste Local Plan seeking to
                                                                          objectives of the Northamptonshire Waste Local Plan and              increase levels of recycling, minimise waste within
                                                                          future Minerals and Waste Development Framework should be            development, and make provision for local waste
                                                                          fully reflected by the Strategy                                      management facilities within the sustainable urban
                                                                                                                                               extensions, and neighbourhood waste management
                                                                                                                                               facilities within other areas of new development.
                                                                                                                                               These principles are reflected within Policies 15 and
                                                                                                                                               17 of the Strategy.



0123 Environment                        Setting the Strategic              It should be made clear in what terms Environmental                 The components aspects of environmental
     Agency                             Direction of the Plan             Infrastructure is being referred to in the Options paper.            infrastructure are set out in the strategy and have
                                                                                                                                               been considered in the evidence based that has
                                                                                                                                               underpinned its production.




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Ref  Organisation          Support   Oppose   Section                 Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0123 Environment                              Setting the Strategic             The paper does not address contaminated land issues,              This is considered unecessary for inclusion in the
     Agency                                   Direction of the Plan             particularly those known in Corby, which could influence          Core Strategy and these matters will be addressed at
                                                                                development in terms of time and cost for remediation to take     Site Specific Level through LDDs and the planning
                                                                                place. Due consideration of this issue will be required, and      application stage.
                                                                                appropriate policies included in the Strategy.


0124 Appletree Homes                 Yes      Setting the Strategic 4.24        Viability of and market uptake of this carbon-neutral             The Strategy now outlines that for the proposed
                                              Direction of the Plan             development is highly questionable and its protagonists can       SUEs or schemes of 25 or more dwellings 30% of
                                                                                only speculate on both. Existing standards, especially            the heat and power requirements should be met by
                                                                                EcoHomes, can be used to objectively set benchmarks and           on site or local renewable non fossil fuel sources.
                                                                                audit standards to significantly improve the environmental        Section 4 'Building Sustainable Communities'
                                                                                performance of dwellings over and above proposed Building         incorporates a range of policies (particularly Policy
                                                                                Regulations Part L.                                               15) to support the Vision and Objectives and ensure
                                                                                                                                                  that new development is of the highest standards of
                                                                                                                                                  design to promote green technologies.



0126 Society of Merchant             YES      Setting the Strategic 4.6-4.7     The Vision gives the impression that by 2021 the growth and       The Vision does not imply this, and the Strategy
     Venturers                                Direction of the Plan             regeneration of North Northamptonshire will have been             refers to the growth requirements to 2026. The Vision
                                                                                completed. This is misleading, and certainly conflicts with the   reflects the identified growth requirements to 2021,
                                                                                recently issued MKSM Sub-Regional Strategy (March 2005),          and the emphasis on achieving sustainable growth
                                                                                which advises that in examining future growth options.The         which will have made North Northamptonshire a
                                                                                Vision for North Northamptonshire should be expressed as a        better place.
                                                                                journey. Much progress will have been made by 2021, but
                                                                                significant further change should be anticipated (and planned
                                                                                for) in the period post 2021


0126 Society of Merchant YES                  Setting the Strategic 4.8-4.9     We support the stated role of rural and local service centres, as Noted. Policy 1 and its supporting table has clarified
     Venturers                                Direction of the Plan             the focus for development and infrastructure improvements in the Spatial Strategy, the settlement hierarachy and
                                                                                the rural areas.                                                  the respective roles of settlements.

0126 Society of Merchant YES                  Setting the Strategic 4.13-4.14 We therefore support the identification of Thrapston as a Rural Noted. Policy 1 and its supporting table has clarified
     Venturers                                Direction of the Plan           Service Centre to act as a focus for accommodating new          the Spatial Strategy, the settlement hierarachy and
                                                                              housing, jobs and infrastructure                                the respective roles of settlements and Thrapston is
                                                                                                                                              defined as a Rural Service Centre.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section                 Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0126 Society of Merchant                    Setting the Strategic 4.28        In drafting the policy framework to guide these future            The Strategy has considered the impacts on existing
     Venturers                              Direction of the Plan             developments, it will be important to ensure that due             and future residents of North Northamptonshire.
                                                                              consideration is given to potential amenity issues, from the      These issues have also been considered within the
                                                                              perspective of the new residents. The summary of amenity          Sustainability Appraisal which has informed the
                                                                              issues provided under paragraph 4.28 focuses solely on the        Strategy.
                                                                              impact of development on the existing community.


0126 Society of Merchant Yes                Setting the Strategic             The decision not to indicate the direction of growth for the      Noted. This is a matter for the Site Specific DPDs to
     Venturers                              Direction of the Plan             smaller towns and Rural Service Centres is welcomed               be prepared by the districts.

0127 Sainsburys                    Yes      Setting the Strategic 4.17        Paragraph 4.17 should be amended to clarify that the Rural        Policy 1 and its supporting table has clarified the
     Supermarket                            Direction of the Plan             Service Centres, such as Thrapston, will be a focus for           Spatial Strategy, and the role of the component
                                                                              consolidation and regeneration. Paragraph 4.17 should be          settlements and refers to the enhancement of
                                                                              amended to acknowledge and support the role that existing out     Thrapston town centre.
                                                                              of centre retail facilities, such as SSL at Wellingborough, can
                                                                              perform in contributing to achievement of the strategy‟s
                                                                              objectives
0128 Rushden Parks and YES                  Setting the Strategic 4.13        Important supportive role of smaller towns                        Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Lakes                                  Direction of the Plan                                                                               Submission Strategy. Policy 1 has clarified the
                                                                                                                                                Spatial Strategy.
0132 Culture East                           Objective 1                       There is a need to emphasise the existing character of local      Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                                 places.                                                           to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                                                                                                heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                                4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                                Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                                Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                                forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                                prepared by the districts.


0132 Culture East                           Objective 2                       The transport infrastructure should reflect a day and night-time The transport strategy within Section 3 has sought to
     Midlands                                                                 economy, transport should be considered holistically across the reflect these features.
                                                                              county and beyond, and should reflect people and their needs
                                                                              rather that the structures and delivery mechanisms of the travel
                                                                              and transport bodies.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0132 Culture East                       Objective 3             The need to maintain high quality distinctive places is crucial    Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                   and should be maintained as a key priority.                        to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                                                                                   heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                   4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                   Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                   Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                   forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                   prepared by the districts.


0132 Culture East                       Objective 4             The role of culture and creative organisations in the future      Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                   economy of the area is crucial, both in terms of direct impact on to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                the economy, and as an attractor of visitors and investment.      heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                  4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                  Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                  Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                  forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                  prepared by the districts.


0132 Culture East    YES                Objective 5             We support the notion of an integrated approach to cultural        Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                   facilities as core community resources.                            to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                                                                                   heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                   4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                   Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                   Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                   forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                   prepared by the districts.


0132 Culture East                       Objective 6             We support this objective, but there is a need to acknowledge      Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                   and support the role of volunteering as a key local resource.      to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                                                                                   heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                   4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                   Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                   Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                   forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                   prepared by the districts.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0132 Culture East                       Objective 7             This objective could be sharper in terms of where regeneration Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                   should be focused, and should more clearly acknowledge the     to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                role of culture as a driver for regeneration.                  heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                               4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                               Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                               Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                               forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                               prepared by the districts.


0132 Culture East                       Objective 8             The relationship between culture, quality of life and the green     Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                   infrastructure needs to be more developed here.                     to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                                                                                    heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                    4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                    Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                    Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                    forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                    prepared by the districts.


0132 Culture East                       Objective 9             A vibrant cultural life and distinctive places should be prioritised Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                   to support investment.                                               to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                                                                                     heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                     4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                     Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                     Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                     forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                     prepared by the districts.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section    Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0132 Culture East                       Vision               CEM would like to make the case for a spatial plan vision for       Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                North Northamptonshire that emphasises both the importance          to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                             of distinctive places and their improtance for people and           heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                             communities. Cultural buildings, places and activity play a         4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                             central role in fostering this distinctiveness.                     Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                 Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                 forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                 prepared by the districts.


0132 Culture East                       4                    The sustainable communities in North Northamptonshire will          Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                fail without strategic investment in cultural infrastructure and    to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                             programmes. Secondly, a series of cultural 'principles' should      heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                             be considered in spatial planning for growth.                       4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                 Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                 Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                 forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                 prepared by the districts.


0132 Culture East                       4                    The cultural infrastructure in the county currently has significant Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                weaknessess, offering a low baseline for development.               to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                                                                                 heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                 4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                 Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                 Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                 forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                 prepared by the districts.


0132 Culture East                       4                    A long-term approach to investment across capital and revenue Cultural infrastructure will be planned for at the same
     Midlands                                                streams will be required to develop a fit for purpose and     time as other infrastructure development to reflect
                                                             accessible cultural infrastructure.                           the requirements of specific schemes.

0132 Culture East                       4                    Cultural infrastructure should be planned for at the same time      Cultural infrastructure will be planned for at the same
     Midlands                                                as other infrastructure development.                                time as other infrastructure development to reflect
                                                                                                                                 the requirements of specific schemes.




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Ref  Organisation          Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                        JPU Response
No
0132 Culture East                             4                       A joint approach across culture is needed to embed plans for     Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                         culture within wider plans for growth.                           to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                                                                                       heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                       4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                       Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                       Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                       forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                       prepared by the districts.


0132 Culture East                             4                       Culture defines distinctive places and shapes internal and       Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                         external perceptions of quality of life and quality of place.    to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                                                                                       heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                       4 'Building Sustainable Communities'.


0132 Culture East                             4                       Cultural facilities should be of the highest quality, shaped     Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                         through community involvement, but within a firm policy          to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                      framework.                                                       heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                       4 'Building Sustainable Communities'.


0132 Culture East                             4                       The scale and geographical placing of cultural provision should Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Midlands                                                         be carefully scoped within the context of needs analysis across to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                      the county.                                                     heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                      4 'Building Sustainable Communities'.


0132 Culture East                                                     CEM look forward to working with the JPU on further versions Noted. CEM have been consulted at all key stages of
     Midlands                                                         of the plan in 2006. We also look forward to future partnership the production of the Strategy.
                                                                      working as we advance the culture section of the Regional Plan
                                                                      with EMRA, and as we develop the MKSM Cultural Needs
                                                                      Analysis Toolkit and associated programmes.


0135 Mrs G Caddick                            4                       As there are thousands of new houses to be built and climate     Noted. NB if grey water recycling schemes are
                                                                      change threatens, amongst other things, water supply. To help    implemented then the houses will have something
                                                                      this situation I suggest that all new houses must have a water   more sophisticated than a Water Butt and the
                                                                      butt.                                                            policies in Section 4 (particularly 14&15) address
                                                                                                                                       sustainability issues.
0137 Network Rail          YES                Objective 2             Network Rail supports this objective.                            Noted. This has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                       Submission Strategy as Objective 5.
0138 Harringworth Parish                      4                       Loss of local character, no matter what the developers say.      The policies in the Strategy, particularly Policy 14
     Council                                                                                                                           seek to ensure that local character is maintained.




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Ref  Organisation      Support   Oppose   Section               Para No   Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0144 Rockingham Castle                    4. Setting the                  The Estate welcomes the overall commitment contained in the          It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     Estate                               Strategic Direction             Vision for North Northamptonshire of “encouraging a vibrant          level of development in rural areas, in accordance
                                          of the Plan                     mix of rural communities” and many of the comment set out            with the policy framework of the RSS and its review.
                                                                          below reflect the Estates wish for this commitment to be             The specific allocation of rural sites will be identified
                                                                          reflected fully in the more detailed preferred options set out for   in the Site Specific DPDs to be prepared by the
                                                                          inclusion in the Core Spatial Strategy.                              districts.


0145 Northamptonshire                     4. Setting the                  Churches support the overall approach but want space for             Objectives 6 and 8 make specific reference to
     Churches                             Strategic Direction             community use and sacred space                                       communities as part of new development. Section 4
                                          of the Plan                                                                                          'Building Sustainable Communities' provides specific
                                                                                                                                               guidance on the range of facilities that should be
                                                                                                                                               incorporated within development to enhance
                                                                                                                                               community spirit.
0145 Northamptonshire                     4. Setting the                  Churches are concerned to put the needs of people first and so       Objectives 6 and 8 make specific reference to
     Churches                             Strategic Direction             want to see developments which contain provision for                 communities as part of new development. Section 4
                                          of the Plan                     community and sacred space, have the ingredients for spiritual       'Building Sustainable Communities' provides specific
                                                                          sustainability and are:                                              guidance on the range of facilities that should be
                                                                                                                                               incorporated within development to enhance
                                                                                                                                               community spirit.
0145 Northamptonshire                     4. Setting the                  Churches are of the opinion that further work needs to be            Noted.
     Churches                             Strategic Direction             undertaken on the practical implications of truly sustainable
                                          of the Plan                     communities and will be giving detailed consideration to this
                                                                          during the first half of 2006 and will make the results of this
                                                                          available.
0148 GOEM                                                       4.1       Paragraph 4.1 sounds quite negative.                                 This paragraph was intended to clarify to readers of
                                                                                                                                               the Preferred Options the limits that the RSS places
                                                                                                                                               on the Strategy, particularly in relation to the
                                                                                                                                               distribution of development. It was not intended to be
                                                                                                                                               a negative statement.
0148 GOEM                                 4                               You may wish to consider North Northamptonshire‟s approach           Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
                                                                          to culture and heritage during the submission draft core             to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
                                                                          strategy document.                                                   heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                               4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                               Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                               Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                               forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                               prepared by the districts.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section   Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0148 GOEM                                  4                   You may wish to consider providing more information regarding       Policy 9 and its supporting text (3.79 & 3.80) makes
                                                               the Northampton University in terms of improving skills across      reference to enhancing skills provision and the
                                                               the whole of Northamptonshire and the benefits of knowledge         potential University presence in North
                                                               transfer.                                                           Northamptonshire.
0148 GOEM                                  4                   You may wish to consider putting more emphasis on planning          Section 4 'Building Sustainable Communities' makes
                                                               out crime in new developments and addressing existing crime         specific reference to planning out crime in new
                                                               problems. This will also have implications for the design of        developments in Policy 14 criteria b.
                                                               green spaces.
0150 Wellingborough                                            I believe there is an absence of an focus on the BME                Objective 8 (Objective 6 in PO) has been amended
     Black Consortium                                          communities and can only assume that the percentage of BME          to specifically refer to respecting cultural diversity
                                                               population is a factor, however we need to be mindful of areas      and distinctiveness. The Strategy seeks to reflect the
                                                               in the country with large BME communities, for example              needs of all of North Northamptonshire's residents.
                                                               Wellingborough, Kettering and some extent Corby.


0151 Andrew Presland                                           The development of community groups and activities in new           Objectives 6 and 8 make specific reference to
                                                               housing estates, are still at the margins of most discussions,      communities as part of new development. Section 4
                                                               and could get squeezed due to the need for attention to be          'Building Sustainable Communities' (policies 14 &
                                                               given to so many issues.                                            17) provides specific guidance on the range of
                                                                                                                                   facilities that should be incorporated within
                                                                                                                                   development to enhance community spirit.

0154 Raunds Town                           Vision              The overall vision is most sensible but at a detailed level there   The A6 is an important route within North
     Council                                                   is too much emphasis on the A6 corridor.                            Northamptonshire, and a chain of smaller towns are
                                                                                                                                   related to this corridor as part of the Urban Core.
                                                                                                                                   Consequently, it is correct that the Strategy focuses
                                                                                                                                   on this Urban Core.
0154 Raunds Town                                     4.10      Raunds is unique in its abilities to sustain a contained            Raunds is defined as a Rural Service Centre in
     Council                                                   environment to promote offices to balance the oversupply of         accordance with its designation in the RSS. It is
                                                               distribution warehouses as it lays on the A45 corridor away         considered that the level of development distributed
                                                               from the A6 corridor previously identified                          to it in the Submission Strategy will assist in meeting
                                                                                                                                   its identified regeneration needs.


0154 Raunds Town                                     4.13      Raunds retail shop growth and refurbishment at the town centre      Raunds is defined as a Rural Service Centre in
     Council                                                   is typical of the Market Town environment in which it exists and    accordance with its designation in the RSS. It is
                                                               must be enhanced by elevating Raunds by 1 tier in the               considered that the level of development distributed
                                                               development strategy highlighted in the Preferred Options           to it in the Submission Strategy will assist in meeting
                                                               document. Raunds fits the profiles of employment, Wealth            its identified regeneration needs.
                                                               Creation and Town Centres in figure 3.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0155 John Farmery                       objective 1             How do you deal with the inevitable fact that adjacent areas will   The Spatial Portrait acknowledges that adjoining
                                                                be trying to maximise benefit to themselves and there are likely    areas are competing within North Northamptonshire.
                                                                to be winners and losers? It seems there is a "market forces"       The provisions of the Strategy seek to enhance the
                                                                argument that is largely ignored in your paper.                     provision of services and facilities within the area to
                                                                                                                                    promote greater self-sufficiency, and reduce the
                                                                                                                                    leakage of wealth and skills.


0155 John Farmery                       objective 2             para 4.11 - what happens if these things do not happen? Do          The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                you say to ODPM, sorry but we won't build as per your               need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                instructions? And what in para 4.12 does the reference to           SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                aviation mean?                                                      the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                    transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                    also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                    upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                    are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                                    Key infrastructure improvements are fundamental to
                                                                                                                                    the delivery of sustainable growth and rely on inter-
                                                                                                                                    agency support.

                                                                                                                                    Reference to aviation is contained in para 3.26 of the
                                                                                                                                    Strategy.


0155 John Farmery                       objective 4             Para 4.15 - I can see how you might support businesses but        Policy 9 and its supporting text makes reference to
                                                                how do you grow them? Doesn't business do that for itself?        enhancing skills provision.
                                                                Providing office accommodation is fine but who will fill it? Para
                                                                4.16 - will you also have a mechanism to alert you to an
                                                                imbalance in the pace of development of houses on the one
                                                                hand and jobs and infrastructure on the other?


0155 John Farmery                       objective 6             What on earth does "improve the community mix" mean? It is          This refers to enhancing the range of facilties and
                                                                just this sort of comment that can concern people.                  services in communities linked to their regeneration
                                                                                                                                    and diversifying the population profile within areas.
                                                                                                                                    This is taken forward in the Policies in Section 4:
                                                                                                                                    Building Sustainable Communities.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0155 John Farmery                       objective 7             It is easy to read this document and believe there is               The Strategy covers the whole of North
                                                                considerable (perhaps undue) focus on Corby. By reputation (I       Northamptonshire although reflects the regeneration
                                                                do not know it personally) Corby has plenty of issues to be         needs of Corby which are a regional priority. The aim
                                                                addressed but one would hope this is not done to the cost of        of the Strategy is to achieve increased self-
                                                                other places.                                                       sufficiency for the whole of North Northamptonshire.


0155 John Farmery                       objective 8             Para 4.23 - if current household recycling arrangements are         The Strategy reflects the principles of the adopted
                                                                anything to go by, I am not filled with optimism for your promise   Northamptonshire Waste Local Plan seeking to
                                                                of "sustainable resource managemnt". There is a very long           increase levels of recycling, minimise waste within
                                                                way to go.                                                          development, and making provision for waste
                                                                                                                                    management facilities within the sustainable urban
                                                                                                                                    extensions and other areas of development. These
                                                                                                                                    principles are reflected within Policies 15 and 17 of
                                                                                                                                    the Strategy.

0155 John Farmery                       objective 8             Para 4.24 - you have a deal of explaining to do to people like      The Strategy seeks to conserve and enhance
                                                                me to reconcile building houses and businesses at the rate you      environmental assets and this is set out in the Vision,
                                                                intend with "the protection and enhancement of the landscape".      which refers to 'protecting and enhancing its valuable
                                                                And will these "sutainable urban extensions" be carbon neutral      built and natural resources' and within Objective 2.
                                                                in all respects, including associated transport and power           Sections 3 and policy 5 promotes an extensive
                                                                requirements?                                                       Green Infrastructure network across North
                                                                                                                                    Northamptonshire which is identified on the Key
                                                                                                                                    Diagram. An additional Objective (Objective 1) has
                                                                                                                                    been added to emphasise the importance of the
                                                                                                                                    environment and environmental standards within
                                                                                                                                    North Northamptonshire.


0155 John Farmery                       Vision                  The area may well "be a better place " in 2021 but you can't        It is considered that a better North Northamptonshire
                                                                measure "better".                                                   will have delivered the Objectives and implemented
                                                                                                                                    the polcies to deliver them within the Strategy.




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Ref  Organisation          Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0155 John Farmery                                                     Far more effort should have been put into ensuring the local       Local residents and other key stakeholders have
                                                                      population was made aware of the impending development             been extensively consulted in the formulation of the
                                                                                                                                         Strategy. The specific consultation is detailed in the
                                                                                                                                         'Statement of Consultation' that accompanies the
                                                                                                                                         Submission Strategy. Local residents will also have
                                                                                                                                         the opportunity to be involved in the Site Specific
                                                                                                                                         Proposals DPDs, and also comment on specific
                                                                                                                                         planning applications. Specific opportunities for
                                                                                                                                         involvement in the planning system are detailed in
                                                                                                                                         the adopted „Statement of Community Involvement‟
                                                                                                                                         prepared by the Joint Planning Unit.



0155 John Farmery                                                     We should look to entice people into our area to spend time        One of the overarching aims of the Strategy is to
                                                                      and money here.                                                    improve the range of services and facilities, enhance
                                                                                                                                         and protect key assets to entice people into the area.

0158 Quadrant Estates                         objective 5             Out of centre retail has a role to play in certain circumstances   The Strategy seeks to focus retail, and other
     (Corby) Ltd.                                                                                                                        development towards town centres in accordance
                                                                                                                                         with National and Regional planning policy.
                                                                                                                                         Amendments to the Planning Act seek to further
                                                                                                                                         restrict out of town retail. The specific allocation and
                                                                                                                                         location of retail sites will be identified in the Site
                                                                                                                                         Specific Allocations DPDs to be prepared by the
                                                                                                                                         districts within the framework of this strategy.


0158 Quadrant Estates                                       4.17      Targets for retained retail expenditure on comparison goods        The retail figures reflect an updated retail study for
     (Corby) Ltd.                                                     are too low                                                        North Northamptonshire which has taken into
                                                                                                                                         account updated retail and growth projections.

0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle             Yes      Vision                                                                                     It is considered that the Vision sets out a robust, and
     & Wadehoe P.C                                                                                                                       deliverable framework for North Northamptonshire.
                                                                                                                                         The Vision was generally supported by stakeholders
                                                                                                                                         and has consequently being taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                         Submission Strategy, although has been amended to
                                                                                                                                         make it more locally specific and easier to
                                                                                                                                         understand the key messages within it.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0162 Mobile Operators                                              Flexible communications policy contained within a statutory           This is considered to be too detailed for the Core
     Association                                                   Local Development Document. This should give all                      Strategy. Any application will be determined against
                                                                   stakeholders a clear indication of the issues which                   the policies and principles of the Development Plan.
                                                                   development will be assessed against.
0165 Hallam Land                  Yes      Vision                  To make reference to the period beyond 2021 as North                  The Vision focuses on the period to 2021 and paras
                                                                   Northamptonshire will continue to be a Growth Area to 2031.           1.21-1.23 refer to the period beyond 2021.

0166 R J Payne          Yes                Vision                  To make reference to the period beyond 2021 as North                  Whilst this is accepted the specific distribution of
                                                                   Northamptonshire will continue to be a Growth Area to 2031.           growth focus on the period to 2021. Therefore, the
                                                                                                                                         Vision is correct in its focus on 2021, and aspirations
                                                                                                                                         for significant improvements to have been achieved
                                                                                                                                         by then. Reference is made within the Strategy to the
                                                                                                                                         period to 2026 (Para. 1.21).


0167 Hallam Land &                Yes      Objective 3             The objective is supported                                            Noted. This Objective has been taken forward in the
     Harwell Land                                                                                                                        Submission Strategy (as Objective 4).
0167 Hallam Land &                Yes      Vision                  The Vision needs to make reference to the period beyond               Whilst this is accepted the specific distribution of
     Harwell Land                                                  2021. As North Northamtonshire will continue to be a Growth           growth focus on the period to 2021. Therefore, the
                                                                   Area up to 2031.                                                      Vision is correct in its focus on 2021, and aspirations
                                                                                                                                         for significant improvements to have been achieved
                                                                                                                                         by then. Reference is made within the Strategy to the
                                                                                                                                         period to 2026 (Para. 1.21).


0168 Persimmon Homes    Yes                Vision        4.13      Our client supports the identification of settlement hierarchy        Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     (East Midlands)                                               and the inclusion of Oundle as a Rural Service Centre.                Submission Strategy.

0168 Persimmon Homes                       Vision        4.14      Paragraph 4.14 states that “the plan will make proposals for the      It is considered that the Strategy allows the
     (East Midlands)                                               detailed distribution of growth, its scale, nature and phasing”.      respective local planning authorities sufficient
                                                                   This appears to significantly reduce the degree of flexibility for    flexibility to determine the amount and distribution of
                                                                   the respective local planning authorities to determine at the         development at the local level within the context of
                                                                   local level, through the preparation of site specific allocations     the Spatial Strategy and this is reflected in Policy 11.
                                                                   Development Plan Documents (DPD), both the amount and
                                                                   location of development.


0168 Persimmon Homes                       Vision                  As regards phasing it is not clear if this is intended to relate to   Policy 10 provides clarity as to the sequential
     (East Midlands)                                               the larger urban extension sites or to the phasing of identified      approach of the Strategy.
                                                                   sites due to a sequential preference based on sustainability.
                                                                   Some clarification of this within the text would be welcomed.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0170 Rutland County     YES                Objective 4             Support the objective to build a self-reliant economy, which is   Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Council                                                       not overly dependent on in our commuting to make it reach its     Submission Strategy and policies 9 and 12 seek to
                                                                   potential.                                                        achieve this.
0170 Rutland County                                      4.12      Omits to mention of Rutland as a neighbouring sub-regional        This paragraph sought to identify the key centres that
     Council                                                       location alongside Leicestershire and Peterborough.               exert influence over North Northamptonshire. The
                                                                                                                                     diagrams within the Strategy illustrate
                                                                                                                                     Northamptonshire's key spatial relationships.


0173 Northamptonshire                      Objective 1             Could emphasise the need to reflect the existing character of     The Objective as worded refers to the character of
     Cultural                                                      locations.                                                        areas.
     Stakeholders




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section       Para No   Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0173 Northamptonshire                      Objective 2             Need for a transport infrastructure that facilitates a 24/7 use      The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
     Cultural                                                      particularly in key town centres; a place for people, not confined   reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
     Stakeholders                                                  by boundaries; cultural opportunities/participation is one of the    and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                                   key reasons for developing the transport infrastructure.             identify the required improvements to public transport
                                                                                                                                        links to deliver the Strategy.
0173 Northamptonshire                      Objective 3             Welcome the recognition of distinctive areas of a high quality       Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Cultural                                                                                                                           Submission Strategy.
     Stakeholders
0173 Northamptonshire                      Objective 4             Creative and Cultural Industries are a means of nurturing and        Noted.This is referenced in Policy 9: Delivering
     Cultural                                                      attracting knowledge economy employment opportunities                Economic Prosperity.
     Stakeholders
0173 Northamptonshire                      Objective 5             Strong support for the integrated approach to cultural facility      Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Cultural                                                      provision – joined up services; could make more of creating          to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
     Stakeholders                                                  more vibrant cultural places to live; the key issue here is about    heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                   enhancing the Cultural offer; retention and investment in            4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                   community/cultural facilities could be emphasised.                   Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                        Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                        forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                        prepared by the districts.


0173 Northamptonshire                      Objective 6             Is NNT supporting, or actually driving forward? Is there a role      This is outside the remit of the Core Strategy.
     Cultural                                                      for volunteering here?
     Stakeholders
0173 Northamptonshire                      Objective 7             Culture/Heritage investment can be a catalyst to regeneration.       Culture is specifically referred to in Objective 4 and in
     Cultural                                                      The strong sense of pride in Corby‟s social and industrial           Policy 14.
     Stakeholders                                                  history could be rationale for a Cultural Facility to respond to
                                                                   this
0173 Northamptonshire                      Objective 8             Cultural aspect to Green Infrastructure needs drawing out – the Policy 5 takes forward the Green Infrastructure
     Cultural                                                      engagement with people, places for leisure and recreation.      framework.
     Stakeholders
0173 Northamptonshire                      Objective 9             Culture‟ needs higher profile, there are agencies that are           Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Cultural                                                      specifically looking to invest in culture. Investment is required    to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
     Stakeholders                                                  to allow the celebration of heritage and culture to re-enforce       heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                   and develop community identity and cohesion.                         4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                        Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                        Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                        forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                        prepared by the districts.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section      Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0173 Northamptonshire                      Objectives             Where appropriate the cultural contribution to the various       Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
     Cultural                                                     objectives needs to be highlighted as culture has a role to play to make specific reference to culture. Culture and
     Stakeholders                                                 across a number of these objectives.                             heritage are specifically referred to as part of Section
                                                                                                                                   4 'Building Sustainable Communities', specifically in
                                                                                                                                   Policy 14 General Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                   Principles . These policies and priorities will be taken
                                                                                                                                   forward through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                                                                                   prepared by the districts.


0173 Northamptonshire                      Objectives             The document would benefit from a clearer definition of the       The Spatial Portrait and subsequent Vision and
     Cultural                                                     North Northants unique selling point.                             Objectives seek to provide a spatial planning
     Stakeholders                                                                                                                   framework that capitalise on North Northamptonshire
                                                                                                                                    uniqueness.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section               Para No    Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0173 Northamptonshire                      Objectives                       There is a need to clarify the difference between physical self- The Strategy has sought to clarify self-sufficiency
     Cultural                                                               containment and actual self-containment (planning term). To a and explanation is included within the amended
     Stakeholders                                                           lay person self-containment implies insularity. This term needs Vision, Policy 1 and its supporting text.
                                                                            better explanation and the positive dimension of self
                                                                            containment could be drawn out more.


0173 Northamptonshire                      Vision                           Overall it was felt to be un-inspiring. "A better place" or "a        It is considered that the Vision sets out a robust, and
     Cultural                                                               place to be proud of" implies that things are not good now. It        deliverable framework for North Northamptonshire.
     Stakeholders                                                           lacks joy and aspiration. There is little mention of 'people',        Objective 4 (Objective 5 in PO) has been amended
                                                                            those that do and those that will live here. Heritage and culture     to specifically refer to Culture, which is also an
                                                                            are ameans of celebration for existing and new communities -          important part of Section 4 'Building Sustainable
                                                                            this could be drawn out.                                              Communities' .
0173 Northamptonshire                                            4.28       „Leisure and Culture‟ heading required. „Heritage‟ heading            Para 3.107 makes specific reference to culture and
     Cultural                                                               could become „heritage and Identity‟.                                 heritage provision.
     Stakeholders
0178 Wereldhave                            Setting The           Objective We support the major increase in the number of new homes               The Strategy has provided a combined housing
     Property                              Strategic Direction   One       provided for the area, and that the Principal Urban Areas of           figure for Rushden, Higham Ferrers and
     Management Co                         Of The Plan                     Corby/Kettering/Wellingborough (outside of East                        Irthlingborough due to their close physical and
                                                                           Nothamptonshire) should be the main focus of housing                   functional relationships. The detailed distribution will
                                                                           development, but other important towns such as Rushden,                be determined by East Northamptonshire Council in
                                                                           which is well served by services and facilities, particularly in the   their Site Specific '3 Towns' DPD in the light of local
                                                                           context of East Northamptonshire should also be the                    studies and consuiltation.
                                                                           accomodate significant numbers in housing.


0178 Wereldhave                            Setting The           Objective The identification of Rushden as the main location for                 Table 1: Settlement Roles states that Rushden is
     Property                              Strategic Direction   One       development in the East Northamptonshire would conform with            identified as the 'other main town centre' in the town
     Management Co                         Of The Plan                     regional guidance, and cement and strengthen the town's                centre hierarchy. The specific distribution of
                                                                           relationship with other important urban centres in                     development in Rushden will be determined by East
                                                                           Northamptonshire, and its role in the sub-region.                      Northamptonshire Council in their Site Specific '3
                                                                                                                                                  Towns' DPD in the light of local studies and
                                                                                                                                                  consultation.
0178 Wereldhave                            Setting The           Objective We would like gretaer emphasis placed on Rushden, as one of            The Strategy has provided a combined housing
     Property                              Strategic Direction   One       the 'smaller towns', in accomodating future housing growth             figure for Rushden, Higham Ferrers and
     Management Co                         Of The Plan                     within the strategy area, and particularly to cater for the needs      Irthlingborough due to their close physical and
                                                                           of East Northamptonshire.                                              functional relationships. The detailed distribution will
                                                                                                                                                  be determined by East Northamptonshire Council in
                                                                                                                                                  their Site Specific '3 Towns' DPD in the light of local
                                                                                                                                                  studies and consultation.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section               Para No    Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0178 Wereldhave                             Setting The           Objective Specific reference within Objective One to smaller towns would It is considered that the spatial strategy, particularly
     Property                               Strategic Direction   One       be welcomed.                                                   Policy 1 and its supporting table provide clarity of the
     Management Co                          Of The Plan                                                                                    role of the smaller towns.
0178 Wereldhave          Yes                Setting The           4.3        We welcome the identification of Rushden as a preferred              Table 1: Settlement Roles states that Rushden is
     Property                               Strategic Direction              location for new homes, jobs and infrastructure.                     identified as the 'other main town centre' in the town
     Management Co                          Of The Plan                                                                                           centre hierarchy. The specific distribution of
                                                                                                                                                  development in Rushden will be determined by East
                                                                                                                                                  Northamptonshire Council in their Site Specific '3
                                                                                                                                                  Tow
0179 Kettering Chamber             Yes      Setting The           4.8        There is a failure to identify the need to keep Kettering's          The Strategy seeks a 3 centre approach to retail to
     of Trade &                             Strategic Direction              development ahead of other town's. If we are not to lose even        ensure that North Northamptonshire benefits
     Commerce                               Of The Plan                      more spending to centres outside the area/county it must             holistically, contributing to the strategic aim of self
                                                                             remain so.This objective totally fails to recognise this need, and   sufficiency. The Strategy does acknowledge
                                                                             if the process continues along the lines suggested will lead to a    Kettering as being the main retail centre, particularly
                                                                             loss of position for Kettering.Kettering needs to be the             at the start of the Plan period.
                                                                             MAGNET which holds and attracts spending into the area.


0179 Kettering Chamber             Yes      Setting The           4.10 -     The proposals for transport infrastructure, with the exception of    The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     of Trade &                             Strategic Direction   4.12       the need for a Corby Rail station, are weak and will not prove       need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
     Commerce                               Of The Plan                      viable. The upgrading of the A14 is NOT the answer to road           SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                             problems. Provision of a dedicated dual-carriageway Southern         the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                             Corby/East Kettering bypass would be the only viable solution        transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                             (see above). Additionally the links from Corby/Kettering to the      also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                             M1 south need to be dualled throughout                               upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                                  are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0179 Kettering Chamber             Yes      Setting The           4.10 -     Reliance on road networks far all but the north/south traffic is a The Strategy does not preclude the development of
     of Trade &                             Strategic Direction   4.12       sell-out. RLT provision to link ALL major towns, and ALL rail      specific schemes, but seeks to identify schemes that
     Commerce                               Of The Plan                      stations should be made an urgent priority.                        are deliverable within the timeframe of the Strategy
                                                                                                                                                on the basis of a robust evidence base.


0179 Kettering Chamber             Yes      Setting The           4.10 -     If Corby‟s rail station is to thrive and survive, it must not be a   The Strategy promotes a rail station at Corby as a
     of Trade &                             Strategic Direction   4.12       dead-end or loop. Examination should be given to use this            priority to be delivered early in the plan period
     Commerce                               Of The Plan                      development to link the area to the East Coast Mainline via          (policies 2&3). The specific routing is not a matter for
                                                                             Corby                                                                the Strategy, instead related to the refranchising
                                                                                                                                                  process.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section               Para No   Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0179 Kettering Chamber                      Setting The           4.13 -    Largely agree. We are concerned that the reliance on existing       It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     of Trade &                             Strategic Direction   4.14      local authority priorities could thwart the desires of the plan.    level of development in rural areas, in accordance
     Commerce                               Of The Plan                     Sustainable communities in rural villages must also be a            with the policy framework of the RSS and its review.
                                                                            priority.                                                           The specific allocation of rural sites will be identified
                                                                                                                                                in the Site Specific DPDs to be prepared by the
                                                                                                                                                districts.
0179 Kettering Chamber   Yes                Setting The           4.15 -    These are fine words                                                The Strategy seeks to provide a framework to deliver
     of Trade &                             Strategic Direction   4.16                                                                          the Vision and Objectives.
     Commerce                               Of The Plan
0179 Kettering Chamber             Yes      Setting The           4.17 -    This objective totally fails to address the need to build on        The Strategy seeks a 3 centre approach to retail to
     of Trade &                             Strategic Direction   4.20      Kettering‟s No 1 position. Investment on key infrastructure &       ensure that North Northamptonshire benefits
     Commerce                               Of The Plan                     services - very necessary to support growth – must be centred       holistically, contributing to the strategic aim of self
                                                                            on Kettering if it is to support the aims of retaining/promoting    sufficiency. The Strategy does acknowledge
                                                                            Kettering as the magnet for spending in the area.Phasing of         Kettering as being the main retail centre, particularly
                                                                            infrastructure developments must not be behind growth.              at the start of the Plan period.
                                                                            Failure to ensure the investment is both before and concurrent
                                                                            with growth is needed to avoid failure economically & socially.
                                                                            The currently overstretched infrastructures and services are a
                                                                            disincentive to inward investment and migration and must be
                                                                            addressed immediately.


0179 Kettering Chamber                      Setting The           4.21 -    The focus and existence of Catalyst Corby is an imbalance. It‟s     This is not a matter for the Core Strategy, although
     of Trade &                             Strategic Direction   4.22      success is to be applauded, but it is a negative to other centres   the 2 organisations referred to have merged to form
     Commerce                               Of The Plan                     in the area in it‟s current form. We note that CC is due to be      North Northants Development Company (NNDC)
                                                                            merged with NNP. We welcome this, provided that Kettering is        who will play a fundamental role in the delivery of
                                                                            not disadvantaged in the new organisation.                          sustainable growth.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section      Para No    Summary of Representation                                        JPU Response
No
0180 Bee Bee                   YES      Figure 2                A strategic employment site should be identified north of        It is considered that this proposal would be contrary
     Developments                                               Wellingborough, for the reasons specified in our                 to the overall Strategy established for the spatial
                                                                representations on the preferred option in respect of            distribution of future development within North
                                                                Employment.                                                      Northamptonshire. The latter is based upon a '3
                                                                                                                                 Centre' approach of reinforcing the existing major
                                                                                                                                 towns as part of a network of centres. If promoted
                                                                                                                                 this proposal would undermine the aspirations for
                                                                                                                                 greater self sufficiency of the expanded 3 main towns
                                                                                                                                 and would not amount to a sustainable development
                                                                                                                                 proposal. It would create a corridor of development
                                                                                                                                 that does not relate well to the urban forms of both
                                                                                                                                 Wellingborough and Kettering.




0180 Bee Bee         YES                             4.6        The “Vision for North Northamptonshire” is well expressed,       The Vision has been taken forward in the
     Developments                                               more so than that set out in Options for North                   Submission Strategy although has been amended to
                                                                Northamptonshire (June 2005), which was less succinct and        make it more locally specific and easier for people to
                                                                therefore less compelling.                                       understand the key messages within it.

0180 Bee Bee                            Objectives   4.7-4.27   Concern in relation to para 4.24; the proposal that "all new  This target reflected in Policy 15 reflects the targets
     Developments                                               sustainable urban extensions should be designed to be 'carbon in the Draft East Midlands Regional Plan, and seek
                                                                neutral'".                                                    to ensure that development in North
                                                                                                                              Northamptonshire performs to the highest
                                                                                                                              environmental standards.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section      Para No    Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0180 Bee Bee                            Objectives   4.7-4.27   Concern in relation to para 4.26; the statement that "the pace of The Preferred Options and Submission Strategy
     Developments                                               development should be held back until the A14 is improved"        stresses the importance of the A14 as a Trans-
                                                                                                                                  European Route to North Northamptonshire, and
                                                                                                                                  emphasise the importance of its upgrading to the
                                                                                                                                  delivery of the strategy. The statement within the
                                                                                                                                  Preferred Options sought to allow the reader an
                                                                                                                                  understanding of the potential constraints that could
                                                                                                                                  affect the delivery of the Strategy.

                                                                                                                                  The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                  informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                  Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                  Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. It
                                                                                                                                  assumes that constraints can be overcome, giving
                                                                                                                                  flexibility for developers to identify solutions.
                                                                                                                                  However it makes clear that any delays in providing
                                                                                                                                  key strategic infrastructure, or identifying acceptable
                                                                                                                                  interim solutions, will result in development being
                                                                                                                                  „back-loaded‟ or reduced as referred to in Policy 7.



180   Bee Bee                  YES      Figure 2                A strategic employment site should be identified north of         It is considered that this proposal would be contrary
      Developments                                              Wellingborough, for the reasons specified in our                  to the overall Strategy established for the spatial
                                                                representations on the preferred option in respect of             distribution of future development within North
                                                                Employment.                                                       Northamptonshire. The latter is based upon a '3
                                                                                                                                  Centre' approach of reinforcing the existing major
                                                                                                                                  towns as part of a network of centres. If promoted
                                                                                                                                  this proposal would completely undermine the
                                                                                                                                  aspirations for greater self sufficiency of the
                                                                                                                                  expanded 3 main towns and would not amount to a
                                                                                                                                  sustainable development proposal. It would create a
                                                                                                                                  corridor of development that does not relate well to
                                                                                                                                  the urban forms of both Wellingborough and
                                                                                                                                  Kettering.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section    Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0180 Bee Bee                   YES      Figure 2             The Kettering Eastern Distributor Road should be identified as    This road has not been identified as an essential part
     Developments                                            an “Extension to the Priority Route Network” (or a similarly      of the strategic highway network but paragraph 3.29
                                                             worded notation), given its strategic role in completing the      outlines that the provision of a distributor road to the
                                                             orbital road network around Kettering formed by the A14 and       east of Kettering, linking between the A43 Northern
                                                             the A43, thereby alleviating traffic conditions within the town   By-pass and a new junction on the A14 may be
                                                             and in certain villages to its east (e.g. Weekley and Warkton).   brought forward as part of the proposed sustainable
                                                                                                                               urban extension providing that environmental issues
                                                                                                                               can be adequately addressed. Policy 3 states that
                                                                                                                               the sustainable urban extension East of Kettering
                                                                                                                               should safeguard the potential for an eastern
                                                                                                                               distributor road linking the A43 Northern By-pass and
                                                                                                                               a new junction on the A14.


0180 Bee Bee                   YES      Figure 2             „Bus‟ symbols denoting “Improvements in local public transport    Policies 2-4 outline improvements to bus routes as
     Developments                                            network” should also be shown within each of the three Growth     part of an improved public transport network,
                                                             Towns, given the need to enhance intra-urban (as well as inter-   reflecting the the priorities of the MKSM SRS, the
                                                             urban) public transport services.                                 Local Transport Plan and NCC transport modelling
                                                                                                                               and transport strategy work. Reference on the Key
                                                                                                                               Diagram is not considered necessary.

0180 Bee Bee                   YES      Figure 2             The corridor forming part of the “Green Infrastructure Network”   The Green Infrastructure framework set out in Policy
     Developments                                            along the River Ise south of Kettering should be extended         5 and identified on Figure 10 and the Key Diagram
                                                             southwards along this watercourse as far as its confluence with   reflects the Green Infrastructure framework that has
                                                             the River Nene south east of Wellingborough, to improve the       been produced by the RNRP team and its partners.
                                                             coherence of the GI Network and provide an appropriate setting
                                                             for urban extensions to the north and east of Wellingborough.


0180 Bee Bee         YES                Figure 2             The denoting of “sustainable urban extensions” north east of      It is considered that this is sufficiently reflected in the
     Developments                                            Corby, east of Kettering and east of Wellingborough is            Submission Strategy.
                                                             supported, for the reasons outlined at paragraphs 7.19 - 7.20.

0180 Bee Bee         YES                Figure 2             The denoting of “strategic gaps” in the locations indicated is    Noted. The Strategic Gaps have been taken forward
     Developments                                            also supported, for the reasons outlined at paragraph 8.17.       in the Submission Core Strategy with an additional
                                                                                                                               gap added between Wellingborough and Finedon.
                                                                                                                               These are identified on the Key Diagram and will be
                                                                                                                               defined in more detail in site specific development
                                                                                                                               plan documents.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section               Para No    Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0182 Warkton Parish                         Setting The           Objective The Parish Council is concerned that provision of an Eastern        Paragraph 3.29 outlines that the provision of a
     Council                                Strategic Direction   2         distributor road between Warkton and Kettering is apriority at      distributor road to the east of Kettering, linking
                                            Of The Plan                     an early stage of development. The Parish Council is keen to        between the A43 Northern By-pass and a new
                                                                            see an end to through traffic.                                      junction on the A14 may be brought forward as part
                                                                                                                                                of the proposed sustainable urban extension
                                                                                                                                                providing that environmental issues can be
                                                                                                                                                adequately addressed. Policy 3 states that the
                                                                                                                                                sustainable urban extension East of Kettering should
                                                                                                                                                safeguard the potential for an eastern distributor road
                                                                                                                                                linking the A43 Northern By-pass and a new junction
                                                                                                                                                on the A14.

0187 The Country Land                       Objective 3                      Recognise the potential of the rural area.                         It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     and Business                                                                                                                               level of development in rural areas, in accordance
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                          with the policy framework of the RSS and its review.
                                                                                                                                                The specific allocation of rural sites will be identified
                                                                                                                                                in the Site Specific DPDs to be prepared by the
                                                                                                                                                districts.
0187 The Country Land                       Objective 4                      Rural jobs support rural housing.                                  It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     and Business                                                                                                                               level of development in rural areas, in accordance
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                          with the policy framework of the RSS and its review.
                                                                                                                                                The specific allocation of rural sites will be identified
                                                                                                                                                in the Site Specific DPDs to be prepared by the
                                                                                                                                                districts. Policy 12 criteria g provides guidance on
                                                                                                                                                rural empolyment.

0187 The Country Land                       Objective 5                      Should not only look at encouraging the key centre to be 'real     The Strategy seeks to enhance the viability of
     and Business                                                            hearts for their communities' but also to revitalise villages to   villages, within the framework of the RSS and its
     Association (CLA)                                                       become the same for their rural areas.                             review. The Rural Service Centres will play an
                                                                                                                                                important role, within the rural areas and rural service
                                                                                                                                                spine as set out in Policy 1.
0187 The Country Land                       Objective 7                      The complementary impact of greenfield and brownfield              Noted. Policy 10 reflects the sequential approach.
     and Business                                                            development
     Association (CLA)

0187 The Country Land                       Vision                           The aspirations of the vision will only be delivered if they are   Economy and employment are fundamental
     and Business                                                            underpinned by economic activity                                   components of the Submission Strategy and are set
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                          out in Policies 9 and 12.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section              Para No   Summary of Representation                                              JPU Response
No
0187 The Country Land                       Setting the Strategic 4.12     Plans to correct current problems on the A14 need to be                The rectification of problems with the A14 will be
     and Business                           Direction for the              delivered ahead of any new development being taken.                    fundamental to the success of North
     Association (CLA)                      Plan                                                                                                  Northamptonshire (3.49-3.51) and this is referred to
                                                                                                                                                  in Section 3 of the Strategy.
0187 The Country Land              YES      Setting the Strategic 4.6      There appears to be no evidence that rural needs will be met           The Submission Strategy has reflected the growth
     and Business                           Direction for the              by focussing the growth of infrastructure on the key service           hierarchy in the RSS. By enhancing public transport
     Association (CLA)                      Plan                           centres. To the contrary it is likely that opportunities for rural     networks in the rural areas, linking these to rural
                                                                           business will be irretrievably damaged by such an approach.            service centres, the small towns and the growth
                                                                           The rural areas house an employable population however it is           towns, the Strategy seeks to ensure that North
                                                                           unsustainable, surely, to require everyone that lives in the rural     Northamptonshire develops holistically and becomes
                                                                           area to drive to the urban area to work.                               more self-sufficient.


0187 The Country Land              YES      Setting the Strategic 4.6      Over protection of the countryside will lead to severe problems        The Strategy seeks to preserve and enhance the
     and Business                           Direction for the              where the only people that will be able to afford to live in the       countryside where appropriate. It is considered that
     Association (CLA)                      Plan                           countryside will be those who work in the urban areas and              the Strategy allows suitable development in rural
                                                                           because of the lack of sufficient, well paid jobs in the rural         areas.
                                                                           areas it is likely that those that work in the rural areas will have
                                                                           to find cheaper town centre accommodation in which to live
                                                                           leading to a reverse commuting.


0187 The Country Land              YES      Setting the Strategic 4.6      The rural area needs to be sustainable in its own right and not        The Submission Strategy has reflected the growth
     and Business                           Direction for the              completely dependant on the urban areas which surrounds it. It         hierarchy in the RSS. By enhancing public transport
     Association (CLA)                      Plan                           is not evident from these preferred options whether there is any       networks in the rural areas, linking these to rural
                                                                           research available that demonstrates that the building up of key       service centres, the small towns and the growth
                                                                           service centres benefits the wider rural area for which perhaps        towns, the Strategy seeks to ensure that North
                                                                           there is little connectivity at the moment.                            Northamptonshire develops holistically and becomes
                                                                                                                                                  more self-sufficient.


0187 The Country Land              YES      Setting the Strategic 4.6      Saying the rural areas will be met by focussing growth in the          It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     and Business                           Direction for the              key service centres is very much like saying that development          level of development in rural areas, in accordance
     Association (CLA)                      Plan                           in Northamptonshire will impact positively on the surrounding          with the policy framework of the RSS. The specific
                                                                           counties of which there is no evidence. However wealth                 allocation of rural sites will be identified in the Site
                                                                           generated within the countryside pays for the sustainable              Specific DPDs to be prepared by the districts.
                                                                           upkeep of the rural environment.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section              Para No   Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0187 The Country Land                       Setting the Strategic 4.16     There should recognition in this paragraph that „support for      It is considered that the Strategy allows suitable
     and Business                           Direction for the              rural diversification proposals and a more diverse rural          development in rural areas, in accordance with the
     Association (CLA)                      Plan                           economy‟ will lead to potential landscape change brought by       policy framework of the RSS. The specific allocation
                                                                           changes to the land use and also the re-use of existing           of employment sites, including within rural areas will
                                                                           buildings together with proposal new buildings to allow those     be contained in the Site Specific DPDs prepared by
                                                                           developments in time to become established and to expand.         the districts.
                                                                           Whilst there will be changes where these are not detrimental to
                                                                           the rural environment they should be encouraged in order to
                                                                           produce solid sustainable businesses that will last into the
                                                                           future providing employment and other facilities both for those
                                                                           within the rural area and those from outside.


0187 The Country Land                       Setting the Strategic 4.24     Take account of the role of local produced renewable energy.      The issue of Renewable Energy is referred to in
     and Business                           Direction for the                                                                                Policy 15 of Section 4 'Building Sustainable
     Association (CLA)                      Plan                                                                                             Communities'. More detailed guidance on this matter
                                                                                                                                             is contained within the Sustainable Design SPD.


0187 The Country Land                                            4.28      Enhancement of rural communities.                                 It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     and Business                                                                                                                            level of development in rural areas, in accordance
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                       with the policy framework of the RSS. The specific
                                                                                                                                             allocation of rural sites will be identified in the Site
                                                                                                                                             Specific DPDs to be prepared by the districts.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section               Para No Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0008 Mrs Y Mann         YES                Settlement Roles &                                                                                 Noted. These have been taken forward in the
                                           Relationships                                                                                      Submission Strategy.
0010 ClayPole Squires                                                    With regard to your rural policy and feeder villages, limited infill The MKSM SRS focuses on urban concentration,
     Lodge Farm                                                          seems again your preferred option. This will of course make          and urban extensions to the 3 growth towns. A new
                                                                         most houses there totally unaffordable to the rural community. I village is considered contrary to this guidance and
                                                                         do not believe you will alter your strategy here. I would            the emphasis on the sequential approach that is
                                                                         therefore suggest, as in the past you create another village to taken forward in the strategy and reflected in Policy
                                                                         save the pressure on the countryside.                                10.

0012 Andrew Granger &                      Settlement Roles &                                                                              Noted.
     Co                                    Relationships
0013 Weekley Parish               YES                            5.21    Due consideration to be given to conservation materials, styles, The Design of Buildings was referenced through the
     Council                                                             design, etc. Planning restrictions should be lifted to develop   Preferred Options document, particularly Section 4,
                                                                         infill sites in villages. This will enhance the villages.        and has been taken forward as a key component of
                                                                                                                                          the Submission Strategy and is reflected in Policy 14
                                                                                                                                          General Sustainable Development Principles .


0015 Catalyst Corby               YES      Roles and                     Welcomes the strategy of balanced growth across the three         The Strategy seeks a 3 centre approach to ensure
                                           Relationships                 main towns. We are not convinced, however that it is possible     that North Northamptonshire benefits holistically,
                                           between settlements           to create a different but complementary role for each of the      contributing to the strategic aim of self sufficiency.
                                                                         main centres through the planning system, particularly given      Policy 13 allows more flexibility in the delivery of
                                                                         the preferred options that each operates as a sub-regional and    retail floorspace, so as to not impede development
                                                                         the focus of new largescale residential, employment, retail and   and regeneration, subject to an assessment of wider
                                                                         leisure development.                                              impacts at the planning application stage.


0016 A.J Smith                    YES      5                     5.14    The Preferred Option (A+B) is not justified. On the basis of      It is considered that this approach will ensure that
                                                                         (5.13) the Option could equally well be (A+C).                    although the smaller towns, individually, are more
                                                                                                                                           self-sufficient and have more facilities to serve the
                                                                                                                                           local population, they benefit from development at
                                                                                                                                           the growth towns, and the other smaller towns,
                                                                                                                                           ensuring balanced network of centres and that North
                                                                                                                                           Northamptonshire is more self-sufficient as a whole.
                                                                                                                                           To support this, the Strategy promotes a better, more
                                                                                                                                           comprehensive public transport network, and seeks
                                                                                                                                           improvements to public transport links between the
                                                                                                                                           smaller towns.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section              Para No Summary of Representation                                        JPU Response
No
0021 Ann Packham                           Settlement Roles &           It is very important that the town centres of places like        The principle of North Northamptonshire self-
                                           Relationships                Irthlingborough get help and money to improve the present        sufficiency seeks to ensure that benefits are shared
                                                                        shop fronts, etc and that traffic calming takes place so that    across the whole Plan area.
                                                                        heavy lorries are discouraged or banned from High Streets. At
                                                                        the moment Irthlingborough is rat run.
0024 Mrs J.E. Betts               YES      Settlement Roles &           No reason given.                                                 Noted.
                                           Relationships
0026 Mrs J. Cotton      YES                Settlement Roles &           No reason given.                                                 Noted.
                                           Relationships
0027 Tina Dixon         YES                Settlement Roles &           No reason given.                                                 Noted.
                                           Relationships
0028 Mr & Mrs G.E.      YES                Settlement Roles &           No reason given.                                                 Noted.
     Huntingdon                            Relationships
0029 John Welsh                   YES      Settlement Roles &           We need better services for people with learning difficulties.   This is not specifically a matter for the Core Strategy,
                                           Relationships                                                                                 although education is referred to in

                                                                                                                                         The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                         informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                         Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                         Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                         delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                         identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                         development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                         referred to in Policy 7.

0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES                 5. Roles and         5.9     Support for the Preferred Option and the promotion of greater Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                           Relationships                self containment of the growth towns and North                 Submission Strategy.
                                                                        Northamptonshire, in particular major growth at Wellingborough
                                                                        to promote healthy competition and ensure diversification.


0034 Harborough District YES               5. Roles and                 Support the overall strategy of focusing housing, employment     Noted. It is considered that this approach, as well as
     Council                               Relationships                and infrastructure at the towns of Corby, Kettering and          being in conformity with the RSS will allow the
                                                                        Wellingborough, followed by the identified Smaller Towns and     development of a self-sufficient network of centres.
                                                                        Rural Service Centres.
0034 Harborough District YES               5. Roles and                 Support the aim of increasing the self containment of these      Noted. This has been taken forward in the
     Council                               Relationships                towns, and North Northamptonshire as a whole, to reduce the      Submission Strategy.
                                                                        need to travel for employment and services.




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Ref  Organisation         Support   Oppose   Section              Para No Summary of Representation                                        JPU Response
No
0037 John Booth                              Settlement Roles &           Regular public transport to Rail Stations                        The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
                                             Relationships                                                                                 reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
                                                                                                                                           and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                                                                                                           identify the required improvements to public transport
                                                                                                                                           links to deliver the Strategy.
0042 Barton Seagrave      YES                5                    5.9/    Provided that Option 1 maintains the integrity of the existing   The Strategy incorporates Strategic Gaps, as a clear
     Parish Council                                               5.10    growth towns of Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby.             mechanism for preventing coalescence, a
                                                                                                                                           fundamental aim of the RSS and its review. These
                                                                                                                                           are identified on the Key Diagram and in Policy 6 and
                                                                                                                                           will be defined in detail in site specific development
                                                                                                                                           plan documents.
0047 Geddington, Newton YES                  5 Roles and          5.9     We support this option.                                          Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     & Little Oakley                         Relationships                                                                                 Submission Strategy.
     Parish Council                          (Growth Towns)

0047 Geddington, Newton             YES      5 Roles and          5.9     Presently, the health services are stretched beyond their        Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
     & Little Oakley                         Relationships                capacity. What guarantee is there for the improvement to         recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
     Parish Council                          (Growth Towns)               health services being in place early enough to cope with the     dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                          extra demand?                                                    of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                                                                                           Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                           should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                           agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                           service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                           ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                           expanding population.

                                                                                                                                           The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                           informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                           Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                           Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                           delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                           identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                           development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                           referred to in Policy 7.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section           Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0047 Geddington, Newton                    5 Roles and       5.9     An option which might be considered, given its relative               This would be a matter to be addressed at a planning
     & Little Oakley                       Relationships             proximity to the town centre and the railway station is to operate    application stage, although the Submission Strategy
     Parish Council                        (Growth Towns)            a park and ride facility based on the hospital. This would fit well   seeks to ensure the provision of suitable public
                                                                     with the needs of staff and patients since it would support the       transport links.
                                                                     extended hours and service frequency that patients and
                                                                     relatives need to be cost effective. It would also free up parking
                                                                     space at the KGH site for further expansion


0047 Geddington, Newton YES                5 Roles and       5.14    We strongly support the approach as outlined.                         Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     & Little Oakley                       Relationships                                                                                   Submission Strategy.
     Parish Council                        (Smaller Towns)

0047 Geddington, Newton YES                5 Roles and       5.15    We support this particularly.                                         Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     & Little Oakley                       Relationships                                                                                   Submission Strategy.
     Parish Council                        (Smaller Towns)

0047 Geddington, Newton YES                5 Roles and       5.20    We particularly support the flexible approach based on                Noted.
     & Little Oakley                       Relationships             consensus and evidence coming from parish Plans.
     Parish Council                        (Rural Areas)

0052 City and County              YES                                It is considered that the rigid hierarchical approach to              The Strategy reflects the focus towards Urban
     Developments                                                    settlements together with the relative quantum of development         Concentration in the RSS and its review, but also
                                                                     that is to be permitted is too restrained and may well have an        allows limited development in villages where it can
                                                                     adverse impact upon the long term viability of local services         be demonstrated that it is required to meet local
                                                                     and facilities.                                                       needs for employment or housing, and to support the
                                                                                                                                           retention of local services and facilities. This
                                                                                                                                           approach is set out in Policy 1.

0052 City and County                                                 It is important to ensure that some of the bottom tier                The Strategy reflects the focus towards Urban
     Developments                                                    settlements are allowed to see modest expansion, many of              Concentration in the RSS and its review, but also
                                                                     which have a population that is in excess of 3,000.                   allows limited development in villages where it can
                                                                                                                                           be demonstrated that it is required to meet local
                                                                                                                                           needs for employment or housing, and to support the
                                                                                                                                           retention of local services and facilities. This
                                                                                                                                           approach is set out in Policy 1.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0052 City and County                                                 To limit growth in these settlements to ad hoc windfall sites is   The Strategy reflects the focus towards Urban
     Developments                                                    an unrealistic aspiration and is not consistent with the organic   Concentration in the RSS and its review, but also
                                                                     growth that has previously occurred.                               allows limited development in villages where it can
                                                                                                                                        be demonstrated that it is required to meet local
                                                                                                                                        needs for employment or housing, and to support the
                                                                                                                                        retention of local services and facilities. This
                                                                                                                                        approach is set out in Policy 1.

0060 Charles Church     YES                Roles and                 The preferred hybrid option whereby each of the growth towns       Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                           Relationships             will seek more self-containment but with a different focus for     Submission Strategy.
                                                                     each will enable them to develop but in a complementary way
                                                                     and this is supported. This will enable Corby to become a
                                                                     more self-reliant and self-contained housing market.


0060   Charles Church                      Roles and                 An essential element of the regeneration of Corby must be a        The North Northamptonshire HMA has identified the
                                           Relationships             broadening of the retail offer, which will be supported by a       specific housing requirements in the HMA area and
                                                                     wider choice in the local housing market. Too much retail          these are outlined in Policy 16.
                                                                     expenditure currently leaks away from the town and it is
                                                                     considered that more housing at the upper end of the market
                                                                     will help to retain more expenditure in Corby, in line with the
                                                                     regeneration goals of Catalyst Corby and Corby Borough
                                                                     Council.

0063 Residential        YES                                5.22      Support comments about meeting locally identified needs and        The allocation of development within the villages will
     Investments Ltd                                       Table 1   the need to provide for a wider group of villages. The text        be indentified in the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                     could usefully add that this might involve some limited            prepared by the districts, within the policy framework
                                                                     development outside the existing built limits of settlements.      of this Strategy which focuses on justified
                                                                                                                                        development to meet local needs.


0068 Wilcon Homes                 YES      Table 1                   We object to the omission of wording emphasising that a          Policy 1 and its accompanying table refer to the roles
                                                                     limited amount of growth is required in the Rural Service        of Rural Service Centres.
                                                                     Centres because this omission would be inconsistent with the
                                                                     stated core objectives of the strategy. We consider that greater
                                                                     linkages should be generated through plan to help support the
                                                                     vitality an increased economic and social well being of these
                                                                     settlements.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0068 Wilcon Homes       YES                Table 1                   We agree that a flexible approach to the levels of growth in      The plan distributes growth to the Rural Service
                                                                     smaller settlements is laudable, the plan should emphasise the    Centres within the framework of the RSS. The level
                                                                     importance of directing growth to the rural service centres and   of development for the villages relates to a justified
                                                                     ensure that these locations are sustained through the             local need.
                                                                     appropriate provision of new housing and employment.


0068 Wilcon Homes       YES                Table 1                   These are the most sustainable locations in terms of local        The plan distributes growth to the Rural Service
                                                                     services and facilities for the wider rural and development       Centres within the framework of the RSS. The level
                                                                     should therefore be restricted in the smaller settlements         of development for the villages relates to a justified
                                                                     'network villages'. This will ensure that the sustainable         local need.
                                                                     approach employed through MKSM sub regional strategy is not
                                                                     lost and that a rural parishes consensus does not undermine
                                                                     the central planning objectives of the wider sub-regional
                                                                     strategy.

0068 Wilcon Homes       YES                                5.2       We support acknowledgment of the importance of rural service Policy 1 and its accompanying table refer to the roles
                                                                     centres of Raunds and Thrapston and the socio-economic       of Rural Service Centres.
                                                                     roles they play in supporting the rural network.
0072 Stamford Homes               YES                      5.19-     It is unclear as to how this Preferred Option allows local Parish The North Northamptonshire HMA has identified the
                                                           5.20      Plans/Local Needs Assessments to think beyond the                   specific housing requirements in the HMA area and
                                                                     administrative boundaries of NN.                                    these are outlined in Policy 16.
                                                                     A higher tier strategic steer is necessary to properly understand
                                                                     need based on context and the MKSM strategy. The Rural East
                                                                     is relevant to this regard in relation to connections with the East
                                                                     of England (see Section 5.2 of ENTEC report).


0075 English Heritage                      5. Roles and    5.9       Some facilities will only be provided in the larger centres       The Strategy seeks to enhance Sub-Regional public
                                           Relationships   5.14      outside North Northamptonshire, e.g. regional shopping            transport links, within the context of greater self-
                                                           5.19      centres, major arts and leisure facilities and some health and    sufficiency for North Northamptonshire. Policy 2
                                                                     educational establishments. These links, as well as those         refers to connecting North Northamptonshire with
                                                                     between the settlements within the area, need to be recognised    surrounding areas.
                                                                     when planning for transportation needs, especially public
                                                                     transport.
0075 English Heritage   YES                5. Roles and    Table 5.1 We generally support the categorisation of settlements set out Noted. This has been taken forward in the
                                           Relationships             in Table 1.                                                    Submission Strategy, although the concept of
                                                                                                                                    network villages in no longer refered to.




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Ref  Organisation         Support   Oppose   Section          Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0076 Walton Homes         YES                5. Roles and             Walton Homes also supports the fact that the core spatial        Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                             Relationships            strategy also supports the level and type of services in each of Submission Strategy.
                                                                      the small towns to enable them to regenerate, strengthen
                                                                      services to meet local needs, including those of surrounding
                                                                      rural areas.
0077 Buccleuch Property             YES      5. Roles and     5.9     Generally supports the preferred option for the growth towns  Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                             Relationships            which emphasises more self containment between the three      Submission Strategy.
                                             (Growth Towns)           growth towns and within North Northamptonshire as a whole, in
                                                                      order, amongst other things, to reduce the need to travel.


0077 Buccleuch Property             YES      5. Roles and     5.9     It is important that available land at the growth towns, both       The Submission Strategy focuses on a smaller
                                             Relationships            green field and PDL, is maximised and used efficiently and that     number of initial larger urban extensions at the
                                             (Growth Towns)           the plan does not inhibit sustainable growth by the inflexible or   Growth towns, which are of a critical mass needed to
                                                                      inappropriate use of landscape or other designations.               support infrastructure and facilities.
                                                                      Buccleuch would sound a note of caution in relation to
                                                                      "strategic gaps" as referred to in their comments on objetive 3.    The Strategy incorporates Strategic Gaps, as a clear
                                                                                                                                          mechanism for preventing coalescence, a
                                                                                                                                          fundamental aim of the RSS and its review. These
                                                                                                                                          are identified on the Key Diagram and in Policy 6 and
                                                                                                                                          will be defined in detail in site specific development
                                                                                                                                          plan documents.

0077 Buccleuch Property             YES      5. Roles and     5.9     The Preferred Option should make explicit reference to the          Policies 1 and 11 focus development at the growth
                                             Relationships            need to maximise development opportunities at the three             towns. The Submission Strategy focuses on a
                                             (Growth Towns)           growth towns otherwise the overarching objective of self            smaller number of initial larger urban extensions at
                                                                      containment will not be achieved.                                   the Growth towns, which are of a critical mass
                                                                                                                                          needed to support infrastructure and facilities. The
                                                                                                                                          Plan also identifies provision for further Sustainable
                                                                                                                                          Urban Extensions that can deliver growth later in the
                                                                                                                                          plan period. Policy 8 does state that the release of
                                                                                                                                          these further SUE‟s may be brought forward if
                                                                                                                                          progress with the initial SUE for that town is delayed,
                                                                                                                                          or if development on brownfield sites falls
                                                                                                                                          significantly below anticipated levels.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section              Para No Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      5. Roles and         5.9     Generally supportive of the preferred option for the smaller         Policies 2-4 set out the transport measures to ensure
                                           Relationships                towns of self containment but with a recognition of their reliance   that better linkages between the smaller towns and
                                           (Smaller Towns)              on the larger growth towns for certain activities and functions.     the growth towns are achieved. these reflect the
                                                                        Para 5.14 refers to the need for "better linkages between the        priorities of the MKSM SRS, the Local Transport
                                                                        smaller towns and growth towns will need to be planned for"          Plan and the outcomes of the Highways Agency's
                                                                        although it is silent on the detail.                                 A14 Study and NCC transport modelling and
                                                                                                                                             transport strategy work.


0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      5. Roles and         5.9     JCSS should explain how the better linkages between the              Policies 2-4 set out the transport measures to ensure
                                           Relationships                smaller towns and the growth towns are to be achieved.               that better linkages between the smaller towns and
                                           (Smaller Towns)                                                                                   the growth towns are achieved. these reflect the
                                                                                                                                             priorities of the MKSM SRS, the Local Transport
                                                                                                                                             Plan and the outcomes of the Highways Agency's
                                                                                                                                             A14 Study and NCC transport modelling and
                                                                                                                                             transport strategy work.

0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      5. Roles and         5.19-   Anxious to ensure that planning policy for the rural areas does      The strategy (in Policy 1) seeks to avoid this through
                                           Relationships (Rural 5.20    not result in the stagnation and decline of North                    promoting a Rural Service Spine, and identifying
                                           Areas)                       Northamptonshire's smaller settlements.                              King's Cliffe as a Local Service Centre to serve the
                                                                                                                                             villages, and in the remaining rural area only allowing
                                                                                                                                             development where it can be justified that it is
                                                                                                                                             required to meet local needs and retain services and
                                                                                                                                             facilities.

0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      5. Roles and         5.19-   Welcomes the pragmatic stance advocated in para 5.20. It is          The Strategy outlines that the scale of development
                                           Relationships (Rural 5.20    however important that this translates into the detailed             in rural areas should be led by locally identified
                                           Areas)                       development control policies of future LDFs; policies which          employment and housing needs. This allows
                                                                        place an embargo upon appropriate development in smaller             flexibility for the Site Specific DPDs within the overall
                                                                        settlements, including infill and conversion of buildings will       level of development identified in the Strategy.
                                                                        ultimately prove unhelpful and run counter to the wider vision of
                                                                        North Northamptonshire.

0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      5. Roles and         5.19-   The JCSS needs to stress the role of appropriate new                 The strategy (in Policy 1) seeks to avoid this through
                                           Relationships (Rural 5.20    development in securing the vitality and viability of rural          promoting a Rural Service Spine, and identifying
                                           Areas)                       settlements in the future.                                           King's Cliffe as a Local Service Centre to serve the
                                                                                                                                             villages, and in the remaining rural area only allowing
                                                                                                                                             development where it can be justified that it is
                                                                                                                                             required to meet local needs and retain services and
                                                                                                                                             facilities.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section              Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      5. Roles and         5.22    Accept the principle of a settlement hierarchy to guide               The Strategy no longer incorporates the specific
                                           Relationships                development but would reinforce their concerns in relation to         reference to 'Network Villages'. The Strategy outlines
                                           (Proposed Roles of           the viability of the "network villages" in the future and reiterate   that the scale of development in rural areas should
                                           Settlements)                 the importance of a flexible and pragmatic policy framework for       be led by locally identified employment and housing
                                                                        these areas.                                                          needs. This allows flexibility for the Site Specific
                                                                                                                                              DPDs within the overall level of development
                                                                                                                                              identified in the Strategy.


0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      5. Roles and         5.22    Buccleuch Property would reiterate its view and suggested             The Strategy no longer incorporates the specific
                                           Relationships                changes in relation to policy for the rural areas.                    reference to 'Network Villages'. The Strategy outlines
                                           (Proposed Roles of                                                                                 that the scale of development in rural areas should
                                           Settlements)                                                                                       be led by locally identified employment and housing
                                                                                                                                              needs. This allows flexibility for the Site Specific
                                                                                                                                              DPDs within the overall level of development
                                                                                                                                              identified in the Strategy.


0078 Rothwell Town                                                      We do not wish Rothwell to become purely a dormitory town to It is considered that the strategies approach will
     Council                                                            Kettering.                                                   ensure that although the smaller towns, individually,
                                                                                                                                     are more self-sufficient and have more facilities to
                                                                                                                                     serve the local population, they benefit from
                                                                                                                                     development at the growth towns, and the other
                                                                                                                                     smaller towns, ensuring that North Northamptonshire
                                                                                                                                     is more self-sufficient as a whole. To support this, the
                                                                                                                                     Strategy promotes a better, more comprehensive
                                                                                                                                     public transport network between the smaller towns
                                                                                                                                     and the Growth towns set out in Policies 2-4.


0079 Collyweston Parish                    5. Roles and                 Preferred options for Growth Towns, Smaller Towns and Rural           Noted.
     Council                               Relationships                Areas. The selected responses are similar to our original
                                                                        comments so there is no further need for comment except for
                                                                        Page 24. Table 1.
0079 Collyweston Parish                    5. Roles and                 Network Villages:                                                     The Strategy no longer incorporates the specific
     Council                               Relationships                This is good policy if adhered to in practice. The words “Overall     reference to 'Network Villages'. The Strategy outlines
                                                                        policy of development restraint” remain too non-specific but we       that the scale of development in rural areas should
                                                                        are pleased that widespread fears of developers building on           be led by locally identified employment and housing
                                                                        every bit of space within the village boundaries have been            needs. This allows flexibility for the Site Specific
                                                                        recognised. Improved transport links to service centres should        DPDs to identify sites within the policy framework of
                                                                        include “…..and promote cross border links in marginal areas”.        the Strategy.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section             Para No Summary of Representation                                              JPU Response
No
0080 National Trust                        Roles and           5.19      The National Trust supports the approach proposed to be              The specific assessments/locations for rural
                                           Relationships       5.20      taken, but would add that for those rural centres where growth       development will be a matter for the Site Specific
                                                                         is proposed to take place that this needs to be assessed in the      DPDs to be prepared by the districts. Policy 14
                                                                         light of the characteristics of those settlements.                   requires new development to reflect the specific
                                                                                                                                              character of the settlement.
0085 Persimmon Homes                       Roles and           5.14-     Whilst a significant element of the new employment provision         In relation to employment the Core Strategy seeks to
                                           Relationships        5.15     might be 'small-scale office development ', Persimmon Homes          both build on existing strengths and diversify the
                                                                         would be seeking a sufficiently flexible planning policy             economy. This is reflected in Policies 9 and 12 and
                                                                         framework for new employment provisions to enable a range of         allows sufficient flexibility to ensure that economic
                                                                         job opportunities to be secured, in accordance with market           development opportunities are maximised.
                                                                         requirements, which may include light industrial and other
                                                                         appropriate employment units as well as office development.


0088 Catesby Property             Yes      Roles and           Table 1   Preferred Categorisation of the Settlements. Due to significant Such an approach would be contrary to the RSS and
     Group                                 Relationships                 differences there should be greater scope for appropriate       its review.
                                                                         development, dependent on the individual characteristics of the
                                                                         different settlements. There should be greater emphasis on the
                                                                         scope of these villages meeting locally identified needs, be it
                                                                         general housing requirements, affordable housing or
                                                                         community facilities.
0088 Catesby Property   Yes                Roles and           5.7       In terms of a specific growth strategy for the smaller               The Submission Strategy outlines that the smaller
     Group                                 Relationships                 settlements, we would support Option C - a different focus for       towns will provide secondary focal points for growth
                                                                         each settlement to enable the development of complementary           with a range of services to promote self-sufficiency of
                                                                         roles                                                                the network of centres. As stated in the Preferred
                                                                                                                                              Options, specialisation leading to complementary
                                                                                                                                              roles for the smaller towns is not considered to be
                                                                                                                                              deliverable through strategic planning, and would not
                                                                                                                                              support the stated overall aim for self-sufficiency
                                                                                                                                              amongst a network of centres.


0091 Boyer Planning     YES                Proposed Roles of             We would support generally the preferred options and in              As a village, development in will only be justified
                                           Settlements                   particular would wish to focus on Irchester. Development on          where it can clearly be demonstrated that it meets
                                                                         land to the north-west of Irchester will facilitate enhancement of   local needs. Specific allocation of sites will be a
                                                                         local services and facilities. The development can                   matter for the Borough Council of Wellingborough in
                                                                         accommodate a new medical centre and expansion of                    their Site Specific Proposals DPD.
                                                                         recreational facilities such as playing fields.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                      JPU Response
No
0098 Borough Council of                    Roles and               Generally it is recommended that the Council supports the Policy 1 and its supporting table has clarified the
     Wellingborough                        Relationships           preferred approaches to roles & relationships. It is considered Spatial Strategy, and the role of the component
                                                                   that locational guidance for sub regional wide facilities would settlements.
                                                                   be useful but that this should primarily be on the basis of
                                                                   indentifying specific growth towns rather than a solely criteria
                                                                   based approach. The danger with the latter is that this could
                                                                   result in a bias towards a single town which in turn would move
                                                                   towards that town becoming increasingly dominant. This
                                                                   scenario has been evaluated in the town centres study as
                                                                   being sustainably inferior to the 3 centres approach. The
                                                                   recognition that Rushden retains scope for being more than a
                                                                   local needs provider is clearly correct but it is considered that it
                                                                   should be made clear that its role must not inhibit the
                                                                   development of the town centres of the growth towns. Finally
                                                                   the recognition that there is no logical justification for Wollaston
                                                                   to be distinguished as a local service centre is welcomed. The
                                                                   rural areas of this Borough are not physically remote from
                                                                   larger towns; improvements to public transport are key rather
                                                                   than additional development which would place unwarranted
                                                                   pressure on a village already suffering adverse effects on local
                                                                   services from recent infill.
0099 East                                                  5.14    Rushden had been ignored as a specified Retail Centre. Once Rushden is referred to in Policy 13 and in Figure 14
     Northamptonshire                                              the ASDA development had been completed then Rushden as the 4th Retail Centre.
     Council                                                       would have more retail floor space than Corby and should be
                                                                   included as the 4th Retail Centre rather than reference only
                                                                   being made to Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby.

0099 East                                  Table 1                 Raunds was still being referred to as a Rural Service Centre Growth has been allocated to Raunds commensurate
     Northamptonshire                                              and not as a Small Town. However, it was accepted that this is with its size and location and status in RSS8 as a
     Council                                                       was due to its location rather than any intention to prevent rural service centre.
                                                                   appropriate growth proposals being brought forward. It was
                                                                   noted that Raunds Town Council was in favour of significant
                                                                   levels of new development.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section           Para No Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0102 Kettering Borough   YES                Growth Towns      5.9 - 5.10 The Borough Council support this approach but consider that       The objective is to ensure balanced growth of the
     Council                                                             no one town should be constrained to allow development in         three town centres in an overall framework of
                                                                         another especially where this may be to the detriment of North    maximising the self-sufficiency of North
                                                                         Northamptonshire as a whole.                                      Northamptonshire and its attractiveness as a retail
                                                                                                                                           destination. Policy 13 outlines that proposals for
                                                                                                                                           major retail development and their phasing will be
                                                                                                                                           assessed to ensure that they do not have an adverse
                                                                                                                                           impact on the long term vitality and viability of other
                                                                                                                                           towns or the ability of North Northamptonshire or the
                                                                                                                                           ability of North Northamptonshire to retain
                                                                                                                                           expenditure.

0102 Kettering Borough   YES                Smaller Towns     5.14 -    The Borough Council supports the approach of providing for a       The Strategy has sought to enhance these networks,
     Council                                                  5.15      local service base but expresses concern that linkages             and this is particularly reflected in Policies 3 and 4.
                                                                        between the towns will, if complementary roles develop, need
                                                                        to be to all the growth towns to access key services.


0102 Kettering Borough   YES       YES      Rural Areas       5.19 -     The Borough Council is concerned that this approach does not      The Submission Strategy will allow for rural
     Council                                                  5.20      link with Table 2 in Section 7, which in number terms does not     development to meet clearly identified local needs.
                                                                        allow for any Greenfield extension within the rural settlements.   Specific sites will be identified within the Site Specific
                                                                        The emphasis on the use of Parish Plans is welcomed.               DPDs to be prepared by the districts within the policy
                                                                                                                                           framework of the Strategy.


0104 William Davis Ltd   YES                5                 table 1   William Davis Ltd supports the identification of Rushden,          Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                                        Higham Ferrers, Burton Latimer Irthlingborough Rothwell and        Submission Strategy.
                                                                        particularly Desborough as designated „smaller towns‟ within
                                                                        the Preferred Core Spatial Strategy.
0104 William Davis Ltd   YES                5 Smaller Towns             William Davis Ltd agrees that a strategy based around more        Noted. Policy 3 in particular seeks to strengthen the
                                                                        self-containment is the correct approach for small towns.         relationships between the Growth towns as part of a
                                                                        However, this will have its limitations and hence improved        more self-sufficient network of settlements.
                                                                        linkages to the growth towns will also be required in recognition
                                                                        of the reliance on these settlements for higher order services.


0105 Bovis Homes                            5                           The preferred option of a hybrid between Options B and C can Noted.
     Limited                                                            be supported by Bovis Homes provided the emphasis is on
                                                                        directing any growth towards the named Rural Service Centres
                                                                        rather than other villages. The approach advocated by Bovis
                                                                        Homes is entirely in accordance with the policies of the SRS
                                                                        and RSS8.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section             Para No Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0105 Bovis Homes                           5                             The role of Rural Service Centres needs to be more accurately It is considered that Policy 1 and table 1 clarify the
     Limited                                                             defined in the Preferred Strategy. The intial emphasis on a          role of Rural Service Centres which is taken forward
                                                                         'secondary role in terms of retail' in the Preferred Options         in the distribution of development in Policy 11.
                                                                         appears to be a general observation rather than identifying a
                                                                         positive function which can form the basis for proosing a
                                                                         particular level of growth. The definition in the Joint Core
                                                                         Spatial Strategy should be 'Growth to secure regeneration and
                                                                         diversification to bolster the service role for the wider hinterland
                                                                         and support existing services and facilities.


0105 Bovis Homes                           5                             The preferred options approach to strategic connections, key       Noted. Para 3.43 outlines that the delivery of
     Limited                                                             local connections and local movement and accessibility is          infrastructure is dependent on partnership working
                                                                         supported albeit securing the delivery of some of the larger       between a variety of public and private sector
                                                                         proposals requires the input of other agencies.                    agencies. The Core Strategy, and the infrastructure
                                                                                                                                            requirements within it should inform the investment
                                                                                                                                            strategies of key agencies.


0106 Home Builders                YES      Settlement Roles              Options must recognise need for housing growth to                  This is reflected in the Submission Strategy.
     Federation                            and Relationships             complement options of employment, improved transport links
                                                                         and services, that the document is suggesting, in smaller
                                                                         towns.
0107 Taylor Woodrow   YES                  5                   5.9 - 5.10 The Preferred Options for the Growth Towns is supported.          Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Developments LTD                                                                                                                       Submission Strategy.

0107 Taylor Woodrow   YES                  5                   5.14 -    The preferred option for the smaller towns is supported.           Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Developments LTD                                          5.15                                                                         Submission Strategy.

0107 Taylor Woodrow                        5                   5.19 -    Need to distinguish between the planning strategies for the   Policy 1 and its supporting table has clarified the
     Developments LTD                                          5.20      Rural Service Centres and the smaller settlements to which    Spatial Strategy, and the role of the component
                                                                         they will be linked and where the consensual approach is more settlements.
                                                                         appropriate.




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Ref  Organisation       Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0110 Northamptonshire                      Roles &         5.7     We are therefore predisposed to the Preferred Option that is a    The Strategy seeks a 3 centre approach to ensure
     Chamber                               Relationships           hybrid of A and C.                                                that North Northamptonshire benefits holistically,
                                                                                                                                     contributing to the strategic aim of self sufficiency.
                                                                                                                                     Policy 13 Distribution of Retail Development allows
                                                                                                                                     more flexibility in the delivery of retail floorspace, so
                                                                                                                                     as to not impede development and regeneration,
                                                                                                                                     subject to an assessment of wider impacts at the
                                                                                                                                     planning application stage.


0110 Northamptonshire                      Roles &                 Similarly, with regard to education, one town – for example,      The Strategy seeks a 3 centre approach to ensure
     Chamber                               Relationships           Corby – could be chosen as a location for the main focus of       that North Northamptonshire benefits holistically,
                                                                   delivery of higher education courses, complemented by an          contributing to the strategic aim of self sufficiency.
                                                                   improved further education offer in the other two towns           Policy 13 Distribution of Retail Development allows
                                                                                                                                     more flexibility in the delivery of retail floorspace, so
                                                                                                                                     as to not impede development and regeneration,
                                                                                                                                     subject to an assessment of wider impacts at the
                                                                                                                                     planning application stage.


0110 Northamptonshire                      Roles &                 Retail and leisure offers are naturally more complex as           The Strategy seeks a 3 centre approach to ensure
     Chamber                               Relationships           investment from retailers and the leisure industry is largely     that North Northamptonshire benefits holistically,
                                                                   driven by the market and commercial decision-making;              contributing to the strategic aim of self sufficiency.
                                                                   however, in order to stop the consumer spending drain out of      Policy 13 Distribution of Retail Development allows
                                                                   the area to other nearby towns, it would seem sensible to look    more flexibility in the delivery of retail floorspace, so
                                                                   to secure the big anchor stores perhaps in a town which           as to not impede development and regeneration,
                                                                   already has a successful retail offer, and to complement those    subject to an assessment of wider impacts at the
                                                                   with distinctive retail/leisure experiences in the other towns.   planning application stage.




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Ref  Organisation         Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0112 Bedford Borough                         Roles &         5.19      Paragraph 5.22 and table 1 explain that the settlements in        Policy 1 and its supporting table has clarified the
     Council                                 Relationships             North Northamptonshire will be categorised. This                  Spatial Strategy, and the role of the component
                                                                       categorisation is essentially a hierarchy of settlements.         settlements.
                                                                       However, in the Preferred Option for the Rural Areas,
                                                                       paragraph 5.19 states that the preferred option chosen was a
                                                                       hybrid of options B and C. Yet, table 1 clearly shows that in the
                                                                       rural areas there is a hierarchy of Rural Service Centres, Local
                                                                       Service Centres and Network Villages. Clearly, the preferred
                                                                       option incorporates elements of option A (a hierarchical
                                                                       approach) also.

0114 Brigstock Parish   Yes                  Roles &         5.19 to   5.19 to 5.21 The Parish council supports the strategy set out in    Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Council                                 Relationships   5.21      these sections.                                                     Submission Strategy.
0118 Duchy of Lancaster Yes                  Roles &                   The following comments are made in relation to current              This is a Site Specific Issue, which is a matter for
                                             Relationships             allocations HF2 and Land off Station Road in the local plan.        East Northamptonshire in their Site Specific '3
                                                                       Higham Ferrers has the potential to further fulfill the role as a   Towns' LDD.
                                                                       smaller town adressing the local needs through diversification
                                                                       and expansion of services.
0118 Duchy of Lancaster             Yes      Roles &         5.22      Wollaston should be designated as a Local Service Centre            The compactness of the Borough of Wellingborough
                                             Relationships             within the Core Strategy and in accordance with Table 1 (page       and the proximity of rural settlements to their
                                                                       24) as a preferred focus for meeting locally identified rural       neighbouring towns does not lend itself to a Local
                                                                       needs and supporting existing services. Work undertaken by          Service Centre approach within the Borough.
                                                                       Entec clearly demonstrates that Wollaston has a strong service      Improvements to public transport are the key rather
                                                                       centre function well above that expected for a settlement of this   than the provision of significant additional
                                                                       size and that it also serves a wide rural area on a number of       development at Wollaston which would be likely to
                                                                       levels within and adjoining Northamptonshire. In this respect it    place unwarranted pressure on a village already
                                                                       also performs better than other settlements already identified in   suffering adverse effects on local services from
                                                                       the Options as fulfilling this role and in many ways is even on a   recent infill development.
                                                                       par with a number of Rural Service Centres. Failure to
                                                                       designate Wollaston as Local Service Centre is therefore
                                                                       inconsistent within the Options paper. The Duchy is concerned
                                                                       that this approach should not prejudice attainment of the
                                                                       Strategy‟s Vision which sees the encouragement of “a vibrant
                                                                       mix of rural communities” (p.13).




0122 Northamptonshire   Yes                  Roles and       5.9       We support the proposed policy of more self-containment,            Noted. The package of policies within the strategy
     Heartlands Primary                      Relationships             believing that it will reduce unsustainable transport flows and     support the overall aim of self-sufficiency.
     Care Trust                                                        encourage the development of cohesive communities




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Ref  Organisation          Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0125 Bloor Homes                     Yes      Roles and       5.22      We do not believe that it so sensible to treat all 109 "other       The specific role of the Rural Areas will be identifed
                                              Relationships             villages" referred to in table 1 on page 24 of the preferred        through the Site Specific DPDs to be prepared by the
                                                                        options in the same way. It therefore seems to us that the          districts within the policy framework of the Core
                                                                        options should identify a lower tier after the rural service        Strategy.
                                                                        centres and network villages. The plan should indicate that
                                                                        network villages can include for planned development.

0125 Bloor Homes                     YES      Roles and                 The options propose a similar level of housing growth in rural      The specific delivery of housing in the rural areas will
                                              Relationships             areas to that experienced in the past. However we do not            be identified through the Site Specific DPDs to be
                                                                        believe that this is best delivered by infill schemes and           prepared by the districts within the policy framework
                                                                        conversions- being sources that inevitably diminish over time.      of the Core Strategy.
                                                                        Furthermore such ad hoc proposals are less likely to be able to
                                                                        contribute towards improved social and physical infrastructure.


0125 Bloor Homes                     YES      Roles and                 By way of example we suggest that such villages as Broughton        The specific role of the Rural Areas will be identifed
                                              Relationships             in the Kettering Rural Area could feature in such a hierarchy for   through the Site Specific DPDs to be prepared by the
                                                                        planned developments as a network village, in light of its          districts within the policy framework of the Core
                                                                        relationship to the "excellent A43" (paragraph3.4) and              Strategy.
                                                                        surrounding areas.
0126 Society of Merchant             Yes      Roles and       5.19      The Rural Areas Preferred Option could be more clearly Policy 1 and its supporting table has clarified the
     Venturers                                Relationships   5.20      defined. It should confirm that the Rural Service Centres (as Spatial Strategy, and the role of the rural service
                                                                        identified in the MKSM Sub-Regional Strategy – centres and wider rural area.
                                                                        Northamptonshire Policy 1) will be the principal focus for
                                                                        accommodating new housing, jobs and infrastructure. There is
                                                                        a need to distinguish between the planning strategies for the
                                                                        Rural Service Centres and the smaller settlements to which
                                                                        they are linked.

0127 Sainsburys                      Yes      Roles and       5.2       Would wish to clarify that in addressing the needs of the rural     The supporting text to Policy 13 outlines that the
     Supermarket                              Relationships             community, the consolidation and expansion of convenience           remaining smaller towns and rural service centres
                                                                        retail provision within these centres will be supported, in order   will consolidate their roles in providing mainly
                                                                        to reduce the need for unnecessary travel to larger centres.        convenience shopping and local services.
                                                                        Clarification added to para 5.20 to confirm that the Strategy
                                                                        supports the expansion and consolidation of the convenience
                                                                        retail function of the rural service centres, including Thrapston


0127 Sainsburys                      Yes      Roles and       Table 1   Clarification is required in Table 1 that the “secondary retail     The supporting text to Policy 13 outlines that the
     Supermarket                              Relationships             role” of the Smaller Towns and Rural Service Centres does not       remaining smaller towns and rural service centres
                                                                        preclude the expansion and consolidation of convenience retail      will consolidate their roles in providing mainly
                                                                        provision within these centres                                      convenience shopping and local services.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                              JPU Response
No
0127 Sainsburys          Yes                Roles and       5.14     Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd (SSL) support the strategy set      This approach has been taken forward in the
     Supermarket                            Relationships            out in para 5.14 of promoting more self containment in terms of Submission Strategy, with reference to 'self-
                                                                     the local service base, including convenience shopping, within sufficiency'.
                                                                     the Smaller Towns
0127 Sainsburys                    Yes      Roles and       5.9      Clarification to be provided within paragraph 5.9 of the benefits Paragraph 3.105 outlines that North
     Supermarket                            Relationships            of the expansion and consolidation of existing out of centre      Northamptonshire requires 12,210 m2 of
                                                                     retail facilities, such as SSL at Wellingborough.                 convenience floorspace, and that most floor space
                                                                                                                                       growth should be located in the main areas of
                                                                                                                                       population i.e Wellingborough.
0128 Rushden Parks and YES                  Roles and       5.14     A strategy of more self-containment combined with linkages to         Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Lakes                                  Relationships            Smaller Towns and Growth Towns will encourage a                       Submission Strategy. Policy 1 has clarified the
                                                                     strategically joined-up approach to development with the sub-         Spatial Strategy.
                                                                     region.
0130 Michael Parker &    YES                                5.20 &   We support the categorisation of settlements as set out in            Noted. Policy 1 and its supporting table has clarified
     Sons Ltd                                               5.22     Table 1, with particular support given to the recognition that        the role of King's Cliffe as a Rural Service Centre.
                                                                     King's Cliffe is of greater importance than the other smaller
                                                                     settlements in North Northamptonshire.

0130 Michael Parker &              YES      Table 1 & 2              There is an inconsistency between Table 1 and Table 2. Local          The Submission Strategy has not taken forward the
     Sons Ltd                                                        Centre Villages are not distinguished in Table 2, implying that       concept of 'Network Villages' but in Policy 1 has
                                                                     they are to be treated in the same way as Network Villages.           sought to clarify the role of the villages in North
                                                                     Thus King's Cliffe, the only Local Centre Village, is considered      Northamptonshire.
                                                                     by Table 2 to be of no greater importance than any of the other
                                                                     rural settlements.

0130 Michael Parker &                       Table 1                  The section for Network Villages should be re-titled Local            The Submission Strategy has not taken forward the
     Sons Ltd                                                        Centre Villages and Network Villages, with an amendment to            concept of 'Network Villages' but in Policy 1 has
                                                                     the East Northants Rural figure to allow for an element of            sought to clarify the role of the villages in North
                                                                     growth on greenfield sites.                                           Northamptonshire.
0140 H.B. Pearce                            5. Roles and    5.19     Finedon, which is located to the south-east of Burton Latimer in Noted. This will be a matter for the Site Specific
     (Contractors) Ltd                      Relationships   5.20     Wellingborough Borough, provides a range of services for local Proposals DPD prepared by Borough Council of
                                                                     residents in addition to a range of employment opportunities,    Wellingborough.
                                                                     both of which are supported by recent additional residential
                                                                     development.
0140 H.B. Pearce                            5. Roles and    5.19     If Finedon is not to be identified as a Network Village, it is        It is considered to be too detailed to specifically refer
     (Contractors) Ltd                      Relationships   5.20     essential that its village boundary lines are reviewed in order to    to the local authorities reviewing their village
                                                                     recognise existing patterns of development and brownfield             boundaries, as this is a Site Specific issue to be
                                                                     sites. This in turn will make provision in policy terms for further   covered in the relevant DPDs.
                                                                     appropriate additional development and environmental
                                                                     improvements to the village to be realised.




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Ref  Organisation          Support   Oppose   Section                Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0140 H.B. Pearce                              5. Roles and           5.19    The Core Strategy should clearly set out the intention for village This will be a matter for the District Site specific
     (Contractors) Ltd                        Relationships          5.20    lines to be reviewed and for the appropriate extent of villages to DPDs.
                                                                             be monitored as part of the ongoing LDF process.

0140 H.B. Pearce                              5. Roles and           5.19    Village boundary lines should not be arbitrary boundaries that      It is felt too detailed to specifically refer to the local
     (Contractors) Ltd                        Relationships          5.20    would restrict the development of otherwise appropriate, but        authorities reviewing their village boundaries, as this
                                                                             currently defined edge of village sites, particularly where this    is a Site Specific issue to be covered in the relevant
                                                                             would not undermine the objectives of rural restraint and           DPDs.
                                                                             settlement separation.
0140 H.B. Pearce                              5. Roles and           5.19    Brownfield land, shown marked on the accompanying plan,              This is a Site Specific matter which will be dealt with
     (Contractors) Ltd                        Relationships          5.20    adjacent to but outside the existing boundary line of Finedon,       by the Borough Council of Wellingborough through
                                                                             offers an opportunity for a logical extension to the village         its Site Specific Proposals DPD.
                                                                             through redevelopment for employment or residential use.
                                                                             Located on the eastern side of Finedon, the site marks the
                                                                             entrance to the village and functions as part of it given that it is
                                                                             in employment use and is the location of a main telephone
                                                                             mast that serves the area. Re-development of the site would
                                                                             not impact on the draft strategic gap between Wellingborough,
                                                                             the Harrowdens and Finedon as outlined in Section 8 of the
                                                                             draft Core Strategy


0140 H.B. Pearce                              5. Roles and           5.19    The above details are matters of site specific relevance. The       It is felt too detailed to specifically refer to the local
     (Contractors) Ltd                        Relationships          5.20    Core Strategy however should set out the context for and clear      authorities reviewing their village boundaries, as this
                                                                             intention to review village boundaries. Such a review should be     is a Site Specific issue to be covered in the relevant
                                                                             in the context of the particular form of each individual village    DPDs.
                                                                             and not led by how a village may be defined in any hierarchy of
                                                                             settlements.
0141 Land Securities Plc                      Preferred Option for           The Preferred Options paper currently threatens the                 The Strategy seeks a 3 centre approach to ensure
                                              Settlement Roles               regeneration of Corby Town Centre by diverting a significant        that North Northamptonshire benefits holistically,
                                              and Relationships              amount of future floorspace to Kettering. This is clearly in        contributing to the strategic aim of self sufficency
                                                                             conflict with the objectives of RSS8. We are strongly of the        Policy 13 Distribution of Retail Development allows
                                                                             opinion that the preferred option for Town Centres and Retail       more flexibility in the delivery of retail floorspace, so
                                                                             needs to be consulted in the same manner in which other key         as to not impede development and regeneration,
                                                                             preferred options have been consulted on.                           subject to an assessment of wider impacts at the
                                                                                                                                                 planning application stage.




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Ref  Organisation    Support   Oppose   Section                Para No Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0142 Mr W P Groome                      Preferred Option for           (Relates to land at White Lodge Farm, Higham Road, Burton        This is a site specific matter to be dealt with by
                                        Smaller Towns                  Latimer)                                                         Kettering Borough Council in their Site Specific
                                                                       The preferred hybrid option whereby each of the town will seek Proposals DPD.
                                                                       more self-containment, but with a different focus for each is
                                                                       supported. This will enable Burton Latimer, whilst recognising
                                                                       its different role below that of the major growth towns, to grow
                                                                       and benefit from its important location close to Kettering and
                                                                       major road infrastructure.

0143 Peter Groome                       Preferred Option for           (Relates to land south of Higham Road, Burton Latimer)           This is a site specific matter to be dealt with by
     Partnership                        Settlement Roles               The preferred hybrid option whereby each of the town will seek Kettering Borough Council in their Site Specific
                                        and Relationships              more self-containment, but with a different focus for each is    Proposals DPD.
                                                                       supported. This will enable Burton Latimer, whilst recognising
                                                                       its different role below that of the major growth towns, to grow
                                                                       and benefit from its important location close to Kettering and
                                                                       major road infrastructure.

0143 Peter Groome                       Preferred Option for           (Relates to land at White Lodge Farm, Higham Road, Burton        This is a site specific matter to be dealt with by
     Partnership                        Smaller Towns                  Latimer)                                                         Kettering Borough Council in their Site Specific
                                                                       The preferred hybrid option whereby each of the town will seek Proposals DPD.
                                                                       more self-containment, but with a different focus for each is
                                                                       supported. This will enable Burton Latimer, whilst recognising
                                                                       its different role below that of the major growth towns, to grow
                                                                       and benefit from its important location close to Kettering and
                                                                       major road infrastructure.

0143 Peter Groome                       Preferred Option for           (Relates to land at Beanfield Farm, Finedon Road, Burton         This is a site specific matter to be dealt with by
     Partnership                        Settlement Roles               Latimer)                                                         Kettering Borough Council in their Site Specific
                                        and Relationships              The preferred hybrid option whereby each of the town will seek Proposals DPD.
                                                                       more self-containment, but with a different focus for each is
                                                                       supported. This will enable Burton Latimer, whilst recognising
                                                                       its different role below that of the major growth towns, to grow
                                                                       and benefit from its important location close to Kettering and
                                                                       major road infrastructure.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section                Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0143 Peter Groome                           Preferred Option for             (Relates to land at White Lodge Farm, Higham Road, Burton        This is a site specific matter to be dealt with by
     Partnership                            Smaller Towns                    Latimer)                                                         Kettering Borough Council in their Site Specific
                                                                             The preferred hybrid option whereby each of the town will seek Proposals DPD.
                                                                             more self-containment, but with a different focus for each is
                                                                             supported. This will enable Burton Latimer, whilst recognising
                                                                             its different role below that of the major growth towns, to grow
                                                                             and benefit from its important location close to Kettering and
                                                                             major road infrastructure.

0144 Rockingham Castle                      5. Roles and         5.19 &      The Estate is encouraged by your proposal to discard Option A Noted. Policy 1 refers to the role of rural settlements.
     Estate                                 Relationships (Rural 5.20        (Hierarchical Approach) to village settlements and to adopt a
                                            Areas)                           flexible approach based around local needs assessments and
                                                                             evidence coming through from Parish Plans. However, it would
                                                                             wish to see much earlier priority being given to the preparation
                                                                             of such plans by the Districts than implied in paragraphs 5.19
                                                                             and 5.20.


0144 Rockingham Castle                      5. Roles and         5.19 &      It is suggested that the Core Spatial Strategy should give much     The Strategy promotes diversification of the rural
     Estate                                 Relationships (Rural 5.20        greater consideration towards the economic needs of rural           economy, particularly through the reuse of rural
                                            Areas)                           areas and emphasise the flexibility that will be required in the    buildings and this is set out in Policy 12. The
                                                                             interpretation of “Rural Restraint” during the proposed plan        allocation of specific employment sites will be
                                                                             period; in the light of massive structural changes in the           determined through the Site Specific Allocation
                                                                             agricultural industry, and to ensure diversified activity is not    DPDs to be prepared by the districts.
                                                                             stifled by over prescriptive planning policy.


0144 Rockingham Castle                      5. Roles and         5.19 &      Rockingham is a good example of a village that will demand a        It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     Estate                                 Relationships (Rural 5.20        more flexible approach in order to avoid stagnation and to          level of development in rural areas, in accordance
                                            Areas)                           develop into a more vibrant and sustainable community, than         with the policy framework of the RSS. The specific
                                                                             currently permitted under its existing over-restrictive Structure   allocation of rural sites will be identified in the Site
                                                                             Plan “Restraint Village” designation.                               Specific DPDs to be prepared by the districts.


0144 Rockingham Castle                      5. Roles and         5.19 &      A further example is the Desborough Airfield near Kettering,       The identification of specific employment sites is a
     Estate                                 Relationships (Rural 5.20        another distinct location with established potential for providing matter for the Site Specific Allocations DPD to be
                                            Areas)                           diversified economic activity and which would benefit from the prepared by Kettering Borough Council.
                                                                             Spatial Plan permitting flexibility in order to evolve rather than
                                                                             stagnate.
0144 Rockingham Castle             YES      5. Roles and           5.22 &    The Estate considers an overriding requirement is to ensure         It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     Estate                                 Relationships          Table 1   that the Spatial Strategy provides a sufficiently flexible policy   level of development in rural areas, in accordance
                                            (Proposed Roles of               framework to ensure the viability and vitality of villages and      with the policy framework of the RSS.
                                            Settlements)                     rural areas.




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Ref  Organisation      Support   Oppose   Section              Para No Summary of Representation                                              JPU Response
No
0144 Rockingham Castle           YES      5. Roles and         5.22 &    The concept of sustainability is as important in rural areas as It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     Estate                               Relationships        Table 1   elsewhere. The Spatial Strategy should not provide policies     level of development in rural areas, in accordance
                                          (Proposed Roles of             that encourage villages to be come dormitories and prevent the with the policy framework of the RSS.
                                          Settlements)                   evolution of diversified economic activity.


0144 Rockingham Castle           YES      5. Roles and         5.22 &    In principle, the proposed broad designation of Network            It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     Estate                               Relationships        Table 1   Villages is acceptable, but that the proposal “for meeting locally level of development in rural areas, in accordance
                                          (Proposed Roles of             identified needs on a small scale” is unduly restrictive and the with the policy framework of the RSS.
                                          Settlements)                   wording “on a small scale” should be deleted.


0145 Northamptonshire                     5. Roles and                   Northamptonshire Churches support the overall approach in            The Vision and Objectives refer to the requirement
     Churches                             Relationships                  relation to roles and relationships. But are want he highest build   for high quality design, and a new Objective
                                                                         standards and are concerned that if employment is not                (Objective 1) specifically references this. Policy 14
                                                                         incorporated that commuting will increase.                           also makes specific reference to this.


0145 Northamptonshire                     5. Roles and                   We also support the concept of sustainable urban extensions Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Churches                             Relationships                  including housing, employment, shopping and leisure facilities, Submission Strategy.
                                                                         We believe this provides the opportunity to ensure that
                                                                         planning and design are outstanding and that the highest build
                                                                         and environmental standards are incorporated into new
                                                                         developments. These will then enhance the local area and can
                                                                         be regarded with pride by local people.


0145 Northamptonshire                     5. Roles and                   Therefore we expect a step-change improvement in build               Objective 4 and 8 (now 1 & 10) make specific
     Churches                             Relationships                  quality, design, sustainability and inclusion of community           reference to communities as part of new
                                                                         facilities compared with some developments built in the last         development. Section 4 'Building Sustainable
                                                                         decade in North Northamptonshire, for example where there            Communities' provides specific guidance on the
                                                                         has been no community provision or development of local              range of facilities that should be incorporated within
                                                                         infrastructure.                                                      development to enhance community spirit specifically
                                                                                                                                              within Policies 14 and 17.
0145 Northamptonshire                     5. Roles and                   Churches would like to see employment incorporated in or local       Policy 17 outlines that Sustainable Urban Extensions
     Churches                             Relationships                  to housing developments with incentives for those moving into        will be required to incorporate a wide range of local
                                                                         the area and working locally. We will work with others to            employment opportunities that offer a choice of jobs
                                                                         promote the development of high quality local employment.            and training prospects.




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Ref  Organisation          Support   Oppose   Section              Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0152 Burghley House                                                        Kings Cllffe as a Local Service Centre and identifying a            The North Northamptonshire Market Towns and
     Preservation Trust                                                    'network of villages', this approach is too simplistic. We do not   Rural Regeneration identified Kings Cliffe as a
                                                                           consider that loading the rural Norths development needs onto       potential Local Service Centre. East
                                                                           King's Cliffe is the best option, and not necessarily the most      Northamptonshire Council have flexibility to allocate
                                                                           sustainable option. The core spatial strategy should provide        development within the framework of this Strategy as
                                                                           flexibility to East Northants Council to direct some development    part of the Site Specific Rural North, Oundle and
                                                                           to villages which are sufficiently sustainable.                     Thrapston Plan


0152 Burghley House                                                        The Strategy should allow for East Northants Council to locate      The allocation of development at Easton on the Hill
     Preservation Trust                                                    some development at Easton-on-the-Hill                              will be determined by East Northamptonshire Council
                                                                                                                                               in their Site Specific Rural North, Oundle and
                                                                                                                                               Thrapston Plan. It should be recognised that rural
                                                                                                                                               allocations will need to be within the framework of
                                                                                                                                               very limited development growth within village
                                                                                                                                               settlement boundaries set out in the Core Strategy.


0156 Kings Cliffe Parish                                                   As the village is to be a Local Service Centre, we believe the      Settlement boundaries will be a matter for site
     Council                                                               Planners should be sympathetic to developments within the           specific DPDs to be prepared by the Local Planning
                                                                           curtilage of existing houses, whether within settlement             Authorities.
                                                                           boundaries or not.
0157 The Rockingham                           Proposed role of     5.22    Under the Table 1 comments for Growth Towns, the necessity          The regeneration of Corby is a priority within existing
     Castle Estate & The                      settlements                  for regeneration of Corby should be specifically included, in       Regional and Local Policy, and the underpins the
     Great Oakley Estate                                                   addition to existing comments.                                      Strategy. It is specifically referred to within Objective
                                                                                                                                               9, and Section 3 and its policy framework.


0157 The Rockingham                           Proposed role of             Also under Table 1 it does seem odd to have a settlement            The North Northamptonshire Market Towns and
     Castle Estate & The                      settlements                  hierachy which includes a 'local service centre' category with      Rural Regeneration study identified Kings Cliffe as a
     Great Oakley Estate                                                   only one settlement. King's Cliffe should either be a rural         potential Local Service Centre. Table 1 that
                                                                           service centre or a network village. We note that the category      accompanies Policy 1 in Section 3 has sought to
                                                                           does not appear in Table 2 under section 7.                         define Local Service Centres.


0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle             Yes      Settlement Roles &           There needs to be a plan for employment - there is not              Section 3 of the Strategy, specifically Polices 9 and
     & Wadehoe P.C                            Relationships                                                                                    12, outlines the approach to employment,
                                                                                                                                               underpinned by the need to build on existing
                                                                                                                                               strengths whilst diversifying the economy into higher
                                                                                                                                               vallue activities.




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Ref  Organisation      Support   Oppose   Section              Para No Summary of Representation                                                JPU Response
No
0165 R J Payne                            Settlement Roles &             Option 1 fine but I became suspicious when I read on how               The Spatial Portrait makes specific reference to
                                          Relationships                  things will become vibrant or enhancing resources. There is no         North Northamptonshire's environmental and cultural
                                                                         mention of the history of this area, it's protection or presentation   assets. The enhancement and protection of these
                                                                         (preferably not vibrant). It is a good tourist asset and I think the   assets is referred to in the Vision, Objective 2, Policy
                                                                         only money spinner we have.                                            14 and underpins the Strategy.


0166 Hallam Land       Yes                Roles &              5.9       Reference to major renewal and growth for Corby is welcomed.           Noted. The specific allocation of sites and
                                          Relationships                  It is my clients, Hallam Land, intention to bring forward land for     determination of the boundary for this Urban
                                                                         residential development in the area identified as an Initial           Extension is a matter for the Site Specific Proposals
                                                                         Urban Extension, at Weldon (on land previously identified as           DPD prepared by Corby Borough Council.
                                                                         an option for growth) within anearly phase of the strategy
                                                                         period.
0166 Hallam Land       Yes                Roles &              Table 1   Inclusion Corby as a growth town is welcomed. It is my client's        Noted. The specific allocation of sites and
                                          Relationships                  intention to bring forward land to the North East of Corby at          determination of the boundary for this Urban
                                                                         Weldon (on land previously identified as an option for growth)         Extension is a matter for the Site Specific Allocations
                                                                         as part of a sustainable Urban Extension to contribute to the          DPD prepared by Corby Borough Council.
                                                                         growth of Corby, to ensure deliverability of the Strategy.


0167 Hallam Land &     Yes                Roles &              5.14      The preferred option for the smaller towns is supported. It might      The Strategy has provided a combined housing
     Harwell Land                         Relationships                  also be appropriate to add to the text that in Irthlingborough's       figure for Rushden, Higham Ferrers and
                                                                         case some enhancement of the town centre is required to                Irthlingborough due to their close physical and
                                                                         prevent it falling behind the other towns in the area.                 functional relationships. The detailed distribution will
                                                                                                                                                be determined by East Northamptonshire Council in
                                                                                                                                                their Site Specific '3 Towns' DPD in the light of local
                                                                                                                                                studies and consuiltation. It is considered that the
                                                                                                                                                housing figure will enable sufficient development to
                                                                                                                                                be allocated to Irtlingborough to meet its
                                                                                                                                                regeneration needs.

0167 Hallam Land &     Yes                Roles &              Table 1   Wider development, such as mixed use Sustainable Urban                 This is a matter for the Site Specific '3 Towns' DPD
     Harwell Land                         Relationships                  Extension to the North West.                                           prepared by East Northamptonshire Council.

0168 Persimmon Homes   Yes                The Context For The 5.19 -     Infrastructure investment as suggested in Objective Nine and           The Strategy no longer incorporates the specific
     (East Midlands)                      Preferred Options   5.20       the Preferred Option: Strategic Connections. This is aimed at          reference to 'Network Villages'. The Strategy outlines
                                                                         major growth in the growth towns and in particular the A14             that the scale of development in rural areas should
                                                                         improvements This position could be clarified with respect to          be led by locally identified employment and housing
                                                                         the modest growth and infrastructure improvement to be                 needs. This allows flexibility for the Site Specific
                                                                         provided for the rural areas.                                          Allocation DPDs within the overall level of
                                                                                                                                                development identified in the Strategy.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0172 Maunsell Estate &                                      5.7-5.11 We generally support the preferred options for the growth            It is considered that this approach would be contrary
     Glendon Estate                                                  towns as detailed in paragraphs 5.9 and 5.10. It is important        to the overall aim of self-sufficiency although it is
                                                                     for the growth towns of Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough to       recognised that each town may incorporate specific
                                                                     have a greater degree of self-containment, but it should also        facilities to benefit North Northamptonshire as a
                                                                     allow a degree of different focus for each to enable                 whole.
                                                                     complementary as opposed to competitive roles to develop.
                                                                     Each town should focus on its strengths but also identify where
                                                                     is fails to meet a particular need.


0172 Maunsell Estate &                                      5.7-5.11 However, the identified roles and relationships focus too greatly    The holistic development and regeneration of the
     Glendon Estate                                                  on the retail and leisure elements and appear to ignore the          town centres underpins the strategy. This is referred
                                                                     significant roles these towns have in respect of providing jobs      to in the Vision, Objectives and particularly within
                                                                     for the residents of the towns and the surrounding areas.            Section 3 of the Strategy and its policies.
                                                                     Although implied, it still needs to be specifically mentioned.


0176 S.T.O.P                                Roles and                 A clear limit to east Kettering growth needs to be made to          The specific boundary of the East of Kettering Urban
                                            Relationships             reassure villagers. There should be a clear open green space        Extension will be identified by Kettering Borough
                                                                      of sufficient depth to prevent coalescence.                         Council through its Urban Extension AAP. The
                                                                                                                                          indicative area, reflects the need to avoid
                                                                                                                                          coalescence, and reflects the environmental
                                                                                                                                          constraints relevant to the site that were identified
                                                                                                                                          during detailed appraisal of the site.


0176 S.T.O.P                                Roles and                 The strategic gap between Corby and Kettering is important to       This Strategic Gap has been taken forward in Policy
                                            Relationships             prevent coalescence and should be protected by policy, as           6 of the Submission Strategy and is identified on the
                                                                      suggested in the document.                                          Key Diagram and will be be defined in detail in site
                                                                                                                                          specific development plan documents.


0177 Harwell Land Ltd    YES                                5.1       The Preferred Option for the Smaller Towns is supported. The        The Strategy has provided a combined housing
                                                                      reference to Rushden‟s pre-imminence is acknowledged and            figure for Rushden, Higham Ferrers and
                                                                      as Higham Ferrers is physically linked to Rushden, it should be     Irthlingborough due to their close physical and
                                                                      noted that increases the level of facilities that is available to   functional relationships. The detailed distribution will
                                                                      residents of Higham Ferrers. This could be considered to give       be determined by East Northamptonshire Council in
                                                                      Higham Ferrers some priority in terms of ranking over the other     their Site Specific '3 Towns' DPD in the light of local
                                                                      smaller towns.                                                      studies and consultation.




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                               JPU Response
No
0177 Harwell Land Ltd    YES                Table 1                   We support the categorisation of the settlements, in particular       The Strategy has provided a combined housing
                                                                      Higham Ferrers, as a Smaller Town. The town has a range of            figure for Rushden, Higham Ferrers and
                                                                      facilities to warrant categorisation as a Smaller Town and its        Irthlingborough due to their close physical and
                                                                      physical attachment to Rushden means that it has an above             functional relationships. The detailed distribution will
                                                                      average access to wider retail facilities, as is highlighted by the   be determined by East Northamptonshire Council in
                                                                      Comment within the text of Table 1.                                   their Site Specific '3 Towns' DPD in the light of local
                                                                                                                                            studies and consuiltation.
0178 Wereldhave          Yes                Roles and       5.14      We welcome the plan recognising Rushden's pre-eminence                The Strategy has provided a combined housing
     Property                               Relationships             over other smaller towns, but that recognition should also be         figure for Rushden, Higham Ferrers and
     Management Co                                                    made to the town's locational preference for the future               Irthlingborough due to their close physical and
                                                                      development above smaller towns.                                      functional relationships. The detailed distribution will
                                                                                                                                            be determined by East Northamptonshire Council in
                                                                                                                                            their Site Specific '3 Towns' DPD in the light of local
                                                                                                                                            studies and consuiltation.
0180 Bee Bee             YES                                5.9-5.10 The Preferred Option in respect of the roles and relationships         Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Developments                                                    of the Growth Towns is supported, for the reasons outlined at          Submission Strategy.
                                                                     paragraphs 5.9 - 5.10.
0187 The Country Land                       Roles and       5.14      The need to establish better links between countryside and            It is considered that this approach will ensure that
     and Business                           Relationships             small towns                                                           although the smaller towns, individually, are more
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                      self-sufficient and have more facilities to serve the
                                                                                                                                            local population, they benefit from development at
                                                                                                                                            the growth towns, and the other smaller towns,
                                                                                                                                            ensuring that North Northamptonshire is more self-
                                                                                                                                            sufficient as a whole. To support this, the Strategy
                                                                                                                                            promotes a better, more comprehensive public
                                                                                                                                            transport network.


0187 The Country Land              YES      Roles and       5.19      Object to 'rural restraint', need for rural flexibility.              It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     and Business                           Relationships                                                                                   level of development in rural areas, in accordance
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                      with the policy framework of the RSS. The specific
                                                                                                                                            allocation of any rural sites will be identified in the
                                                                                                                                            Site Specific DPDs to be prepared by the districts.


0187 The Country Land              YES      Roles and       5.2       Local need is too course a criteria.                                  This reflects the criteria/framework commonly used
     and Business                           Relationships                                                                                   in relation to development in villages.
     Association (CLA)




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Ref  Organisation        Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                         JPU Response
No
0187 The Country Land    YES                Roles and       5.21    Continued use of the Restraint Village designation will lead to   It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     and Business                           Relationships           stagnation of communities – villages need to grow organically     level of development in rural areas, in accordance
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                with the policy framework of the RSS. The specific
                                                                                                                                      allocation of rural sites will be identified in the Site
                                                                                                                                      Specific DPDs to be prepared by the districts.


0187 The Country Land              YES      Roles and       5.22    Role of Network villages should be greater to maintain            It is considered that the Strategy allows a suitable
     and Business                           Relationships           sustainability and viability                                      level of development in rural areas, in accordance
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                with the policy framework of the RSS. The specific
                                                                                                                                      allocation of rural sites will be identified in the Site
                                                                                                                                      Specific DPDs to be prepared by the districts.


0187 The Country Land              YES      Roles and       5.6     Countryside jobs support countryside houses. Poor public          Policy 4 outlines how connections between the rural
     and Business                           Relationships           transport and poor links to key service centres                   hinterlands of North Northamptonshire and their most
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                accessible service centre will be strengthened.

0187 The Country Land              YES      Roles and       5.6     Countryside jobs support countryside houses. Poor public          Policy 4 outlines how connections between the rural
     and Business                           Relationships           transport and poor links to key service centres                   hinterlands of North Northamptonshire and their most
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                accessible service centre will be strengthened.




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section              Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0001 National Farmers             YES      Preferred Option B   6.7& 6.8 Most freight cannot be transported by rail and water.              Noted, although the emphasis of the Strategy is
     Union                                                                                                                                  achieving a modal shift to more sustainable forms of
                                                                                                                                            transport.
0002 John Bugby                            6                    6.12       The A43 Kettering to Northampton route is ripe for               The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                           improvement and extensions to link the A43 to the A6003 need     need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                           to be dualled & linked with improvements to Kettering Northern   SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                           By-Pass to avoid congestion at the point where the A6003 joins   the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                           with the A43 at Barford Bridge where there is already a          transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                           problem.                                                         also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                            upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                            are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0002 John Bugby                            6                    6.1 &6.6 Work is already required to improve the A6003 and the road         The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                         networks within the towns of Corby, Kettering and                  need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                         Wellingborough and there appears to have been no mention of        SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                         these in the plan.                                                 the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                            transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                            also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                            upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                            are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0008 Mrs Y Mann                            Transport &                     The services are being axed to villages as I write. Not          The Strategy seeks to ensure the viability of villages,
                                           Accessibility                   extended. This is wrong.                                         through promoting a Rural Service Spine and
                                                                                                                                            promoting improvements to public transport to link
                                                                                                                                            the service centres and their wider rural hinterlands,
                                                                                                                                            reflected in Policy 1 and 4. In the remaining rural
                                                                                                                                            area development in the villages will only be justified
                                                                                                                                            where it can be clearly demonstrated that it is
                                                                                                                                            required to meet local needs for employment and
                                                                                                                                            housing, and to support the retention of services and
                                                                                                                                            facilities.

0008 Mrs Y Mann                                                            There is ample room for a combined rail/bus station/coach park   This is a site specific matter, outside the remit of the
                                                                           at Phoenix Parkway. Thus alleviating the need for compulsory     Core Strategy. Policy 3 Connecting the Urban Core
                                                                           purchase orders nearer the town centre which is a 5 minute       makes reference to centrally located bus
                                                                           bus ride away.                                                   interchanges being developed and promoted at
                                                                                                                                            Corby.




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0009 Jennifer Moore               YES                                Secondly I wonder about the road developments to carry the         Infrastructure led growth is a key objective of the
                                                                     extra traffic from the area of proposed development.               MKSM SRS and has been taken forward as a
                                                                                                                                        fundamental part of the Submission Strategy.

                                                                                                                                        The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                        informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                        Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                        Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                        delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                        identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                        development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                        referred to in Policy 7.

0012 Andrew Granger &                      Transport &               I would suggest that funding is via a roof tax instead of 106      This matter will be specifically addressed in the
     Co                                    Accessibility             Agreement, and not the Chancellor's suggestion of a land tax,      Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning
                                                                     and as the latter suggestion of taxing this land will not remain   Document.
                                                                     local for local services, the roof tax is more equitable and
                                                                     remains within the local area.
0013 Weekley Parish                                        6.8       Strategic road to N of Kettering.                                  The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Council                                                         20 mph limit through nearby villages Weekley & Warkton.            need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                     This will complete the Ring Road around Kettering and reduce       SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                     "rat-running".                                                     the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                        transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                        also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                        upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                        are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0015 Catalyst Corby     YES                Transport &               Strongly supports in its entirety the stated preferred policy      This is considered to be too detailed for the Core
                                           Accessibility             approach to strategic connections. We particularly welcome the     Strategy. The Submission Strategy promotes a
                                                                     emphasis on providing Corby with effective rail connections        Station at Corby in Policy 3, although final decision
                                                                     (Point C).                                                         on the viability will be made by the Operators.
                                                                     However, the policy wording required clarification to emphasise
                                                                     the need for a direct hourly rail service to London from a new
                                                                     station to be provided at Corby.
0015 Catalyst Corby               YES                                We are concerned that the strategy does not capture the            Objective 5 of the Strategy has been specifically
                                                                     importance of providing a step change in the way public            amended to make specific reference to modal shift.
                                                                     transport is developed to link the three main towns.               Policy 3 refers to connecting the Urban Core.




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Ref Respondent         Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0017 Michael L. Wolf                      6               4.19-4.20 I applaud your objective 6, which is about creating stable,      These components will be taken forward in the
                                                                    strong and safe communities. I hope you will give priority to    Submission Strategy.
                                                                    allocating land for:-
                                                                    - places of worship (no mention so far)
                                                                    - Youth facilities
                                                                    - Community Halls
0019 Rushden Town                                                   The A6 is a priority route and should be part of the core        The A6 is referred to in the Core Strategy and
     Council                                                        strategy.                                                        identified on the Key Diagram and other relevant
                                                                                                                                     figures.
0020 emda              YES                                          Welcome the fact that the Plan will be based on a strategy of    The Submission Strategy promotes a Station at
                                                                    increased self containment for the area aiming to reduce the     Corby as being a priority for delivery early in the plan
                                                                    need to travel by car as outlined in the transport and           period in policies 2&3, although final decision on the
                                                                    accessibility section of the document.                           viability will be made by the DfT.

                                                                    We welcome the proposed improvements of public transport
                                                                    linkages and the support to transfer freight movements to both
                                                                    rail and water where feasible. We agree strongly that the
                                                                    provision of a passenger rail service should be a priority
                                                                    project.

0020 emda                                                           We would like to emphasise the importance of bringing forward    The Submission Strategy has adopted a more robust
                                                                    improvements to the A14 as a priority. We agree that             and visionary approach to public transport to achieve
                                                                    measures need to be put in place to manage and alleviate         a modal shift. Obective 5 (Objective 2 in PO) has
                                                                    congestion on the strategic and local road network.              been amended to specifically refer to this, and
                                                                    A modal shift through improved public transport could help to    Policies 2-4 reflect this.
                                                                    reduce the pressure on the road network.


0021 Ann Packham       YES                Transport &               No reason given.                                                 Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                          Accessibility                                                                              Submission Strategy.
0024 Mrs J.E. Betts              YES      Transport &               No reason given.                                                 The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                          Accessibility                                                                              need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                                                                                     SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                                                                                     the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                     transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                     also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                     upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                     are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0026 Mrs J. Cotton               YES      Transport &               No reason given.                                                 The Submission Strategy has adopted a more robust
                                          Accessibility                                                                              and visionary approach to public transport to achieve
                                                                                                                                     a modal shift. Obective 5 (Objective 2 in PO) has
                                                                                                                                     been amended to specifically refer to this, and
                                                                                                                                     Policies 2-4 and their supporting text reflect this.




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Ref Respondent            Support   Oppose   Section            Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0027 Tina Dixon                              Transport &                  Making freight transport much cheaper by RAIL & promoting           The Submission Strategy has adopted a more robust
                                             Accessibility                expensive by ROAD. Public transport needs to be frequent,           and visionary approach to public transport to achieve
                                                                          efficient and cheap with Senior Citizens paying 1/2 fare or less    a modal shift, reflected in amended Objective 5
                                                                          throughout Northamptonshire and across "borders".                   (Objective 2 in PO) and policies 2-4 and their
                                                                                                                                              supporting text.
0028 Mr & Mrs G.E.     YES                   Transport &                  No reason given.                                                    Noted.
     Huntingdon                              Accessibility
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES                   6. Transport and   6.8       Support for Preferred Option, in particular support for essential Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                             Accessibility                road infrastructure improvements to accommodate                   Submission Strategy.
                                                                          development as well as growth in traffic on key roads through
                                                                          North Northamptonshire and the prioritisation of the A45.

0034 Harborough District YES                 6.Transport and              Support the emphasis being placed on investment in transport        This is a key part of 'Spatial Planning'. The Core
     Council                                 Accessibility                hubs and links to support the future growth of North                Strategy has reflected the transport priorities of the
                                                                          Northamptonshire. It will essential that the Local Transport        MKSM SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the
                                                                          Plan and Local Development Framework policies support each          outcomes of the Highways Agency's A14 Study and
                                                                          other and that the implications of future growth in the region is   NCC transport modelling and transport strategy work.
                                                                          recognised and responded to in the Local Transport Plan.            In relation to the public transport links between the
                                                                                                                                              smaller towns has suggested additional transport
                                                                                                                                              priorities to support the Core Strategy. As the
                                                                                                                                              investment framework for the area, it will be
                                                                                                                                              important that these priorities are reflected by the
                                                                                                                                              LTP and the JPU will work closely with NCC to
                                                                                                                                              achieve this.

0036 Cllr Sally Hogston             YES      Transport &                  Too many houses are going up too quickly in Corby.                   The current housing completion rates for Corby do
                                             Accessibility                There is still NO thought to the additional traffic this will engage not meet the housing requirements of the Regional
                                                                          & no thought given to extending/widening existing roads.             Spatial Strategy. All major developments have to be
                                                                                                                                               accompanied by a transport assessment to assess
                                                                          The A6116 must be dualled.                                           transport impacts. The North Northamptonshire
                                                                                                                                               Transport Modelling has assessed the impact on the
                                                                                                                                               Highways network.

                                                                                                                                              The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                                                                                              need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                                                                                              SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                                                                                              the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                              transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                              also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                              upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                              are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.




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Ref Respondent         Support   Oppose   Section            Para No Summary of Representation                                        JPU Response
No
0037 John Booth                           Transport &                  Regular public transport to Rail Stations                      The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
                                          Accessibility                                                                               reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
                                                                                                                                      and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                                                                                                      identify the required improvements to public
                                                                                                                                      transport links to deliver the Strategy.
0037 John Booth                  YES                                   My view is that eventually one conurbation will encompass      Policies 2, 3 and 4 outline the required
                                                                       Wellingborough- Rushden-Higham-Wymington. Rushden &            improvements to public transport links. As a spatial
                                                                       Higham are growing quickly but public transport has not kept   plan, that provides an investment framework for
                                                                       place. What plans do Stagecoach have?                          North Northamptonshire, it is intended that this will
                                                                                                                                      influence the plans of Stagecoach.


0037 John Booth                  YES                                   Rail Station at Corby and Rushden essential by 2025.           The Submission Strategy has promoted a Station at
                                                                                                                                      Corby as a priortity for delivery early in the Plan
                                                                                                                                      period reflected in Policies 2&3, although the final
                                                                                                                                      decision on its viability will be made by the DfT. It is
                                                                                                                                      not considered that a station at Rushden is viable
                                                                                                                                      and there has been no support for this proposal.

0038 Herbert Needham                      6                  6.1       Corby Bypass western end joining onto A6003.                   The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                                                                                      need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                                                                                      SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                                                                                      the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                      transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                      also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                      upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                      are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0039 East Northants              YES      Transport &                  Imaginative small scale local transport systems need to be     Policies 2, 3 and 4 outline the required
     Faith Group                          Accessibility                developed especially in the rural setting.                     improvements to public transport links.
0040 Corby Borough               YES      6. Transport and   6.3       Amend paragraph 6.3 (pg 25) to read 'Emphasise that it is      The Strategy promotes passenger rail provision at
     Council                              Accessibility                fundamental to Corby's planned greater role that the town      Corby as a priority in Policies 2&3.
                                                                       should be linked to the national rail passenger service and
                                                                       station at Corby as a priority.
0040 Corby Borough               YES                                   The preferred options must insist that the A14 capacity        The Strategy refers to the importance of upgrading
     Council                                                           improvements are essential to the LDF and growth proposals.    the A14 and this is specifically referenced in within
                                                                                                                                      the transport strategy within Section 3.




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Ref Respondent            Support   Oppose   Section           Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0041 Easton On The Hill             YES      6 Transport                  The Parish Council does not consider that the transport and        The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Parish Council                                                       accessibility between clusters is adequate. Not enough             need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                          pressure has been put on the developers and Government on          SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                          the requirements needed to be put in place.                        the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                             transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                             also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                             upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                             are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0042 Barton Seagrave                         6                 6.8(B)     Concerned about the inclusion of the A6116 as a core route for This reference was intended to inform the reader of
     Parish Council                                            6.11       HGV traffic.                                                   the Preferred Options and has not been takenf
                                                                                                                                         forward in the Submission Strategy.

0046 Warmington Parish YES                                     6.4        Support section p25 6.4 "Improving public transport is seen as Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Council                                                              essential for ensuring sustainable growth…" and p26 "North     Submission Strategy.
                                                                          Northamptonshire requires an enhanced sub-regional bus
                                                                          network.."
0047 Geddington, Newton YES                  6 Transport and   6.8        We support A with stress on the importance of bringing forward Noted. Improvements to the A14 are identified as a
     & Little Oakley                         Accessibility                the essential work on the A14 before other spatial planning    key transport improvement priority and these are
     Parish Council                          (Strategic                   decisions are made.                                            specifically referred to within Section 3.
                                             Connections)
0047 Geddington, Newton YES                  6 Transport and   6.8        We support B and stress the importance of the Corby Link           Corby Link Road is a committed scheme within the
     & Little Oakley                         Accessibility                Road in catering for HGV movement.                                 LTP.
     Parish Council                          (Strategic
                                             Connections)
0047 Geddington, Newton YES                  6 Transport and   6.8        We support C however question whether it really is                 Noted. The provision of a passenger rail service is
     & Little Oakley                         Accessibility                fundamental to Corby regeneration.                                 considered fundamental to Corby's regeneration and
     Parish Council                          (Strategic                                                                                      is promoted as a priority in the Strategy for delivery
                                             Connections)                                                                                    early in the plan period. This is reflected in Policies
                                                                                                                                             2&3.
0047 Geddington, Newton YES                  6 Transport and   6.8        We strongly support D and E                                        Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     & Little Oakley                         Accessibility                                                                                   Submission Strategy.
     Parish Council                          (Strategic
                                             Connections)
0047 Geddington, Newton                      6 Transport and   6.11       The draft LTP highlights the logic in promoting the A45-A605-      The Strategy has not specifically identified this route
     & Little Oakley                         Accessibility                A1073 corridor as the route between the M1, A1 and East            as a key priority, as it is not considered fundamental
     Parish Council                          (Strategic                   Lincolnshire in preference to the A43-A16 corridor. This should    to the delivery of sustainable growth in North
                                             Connections)                 be supported and appropriate improvements implemented              Northamptonshire.
                                                                          speedily.
0047 Geddington, Newton                      6 Transport and   6.12        It is essential that the road infrastructure and especially the   Corby Link Road is a committed scheme within the
     & Little Oakley                         Accessibility                Corby Link Road should be in place to deal with HGV traffic        LTP.
     Parish Council                          (Strategic                   generated by the rail terminal
                                             Connections)




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section                Para No Summary of Representation                                              JPU Response
No
0047 Geddington, Newton YES                6 Transport and        6.15       We strongly support an enhanced sub-regional bus network.           The key diagram identifies a sub-regional bus
     & Little Oakley                       Accessibility                     The accent must be on the quality of the buses and service.         network, and in support of Policy 2 identifies the
     Parish Council                        (Strategic                                                                                            priorities for investment in this network.
                                           Connections)
0047 Geddington, Newton                    6 Transport and        6.21       We strongly support this option.                                    Noted.
     & Little Oakley                       Accessibility (Key
     Parish Council                        Local Connections)

0047 Geddington, Newton YES                6 Transport and        6.25       We support this option which should apply to all development        Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     & Little Oakley                       Accessibility (Local              even small developments in villages.                                Submission Strategy .
     Parish Council                        Movement and
                                           Accessibility)
0050 Fotheringhay Parish          YES                                        Although no direct impact was envisaged there was concern           The plan seeks to ensure that the impact of future
     Council                                                                 about the indirect impact of the considerable growth of Corby       development is mitigated against. Any future major
                                                                             coupled with the later rebuilding of the A605 into a dual           development would be accompanied by an
                                                                             carriageway, which could result in more road traffic through our    Environmental Impact Assessment to assess these
                                                                             village.                                                            issues.
                                                                             Any moves to protect communities from this secondary impact
                                                                             would be welcomed.
0053 Lucy Hawes                            Transport &                       Tranport needs to be put in place beforehand. Need a mix of         The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
                                           Accessibility                     both approaches. A14 needs to have regular bus routes linking       reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
                                                                             airports- Birmingham and Stansted which stop at Kettering,          and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                                             Thrapston, Huntingdon & Cambridge to take cars off the road.        identify the required improvements to public
                                                                                                                                                 transport links to deliver the Strategy.
0057 Northamptonshire                                             6.26       Supports this statement.                                            Noted.
     Sport
0059 Mr Tean Hatt                                                            I reject the assumption in the report that this essentially local The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                             road (A605) be 'trunked' at some future date.                     need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                                                                                               SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                             A sign at the A1/A605 and at A14 /A605 junctions would            the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                             improve safety, reduce road noise past several rural villages     transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                             and negate the need to spend vast amounts of taxpayers            also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                             money on 'improving' a road that should be left as a local route. upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                               are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0060 Charles Church                        Transport and                     Charles Church supports the view that the early re-introduction Noted. The provision of a passenger rail service is
                                           Accessibility                     of a passenger rail service to Corby is a fundamental           considered fundamental to Corby's regeneration and
                                                                             requirement of the regeneration of the town.                    is promoted as a priority in the Strategy for delivery
                                                                                                                                             early in the plan period. This is reflected in Policies
                                                                                                                                             2&3.




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Ref Respondent           Support   Oppose   Section            Para No Summary of Representation                                              JPU Response
No
0065 Mrs E A Pegg                           Transport and                 A development to West and South of Kettering would give             Paragraph 3.29 outlines that the provision of a
                                            Accessibility                 more direct access to major road routes and to rail connections     distributor road to the east of Kettering, linking
                                                                          at Kettering and Northampton. Access to Kettering town centre       between the A43 Northern By-pass and a new
                                                                          from an eastern development would need to be via Weekley            junction on the A14 may be brought forward as part
                                                                          roundabout A43 Rockingham Road. The residential routes,             of the proposed sustainable urban extension
                                                                          Warkton Lane, Barton Road, are already inadequate and do            providing that environmental issues can be
                                                                          not give direct access to town centre parking.                      adequately addressed. Policy 3 states that the
                                                                                                                                              sustainable urban extension East of Kettering should
                                                                                                                                              safeguard the potential for an eastern distributor road
                                                                                                                                              linking the A43 Northern By-pass and a new junction
                                                                                                                                              on the A14.


0068 Wilcon Homes        YES                                   6.21       The policy approach to local key connections is supported    Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                                                                                                                       Submission Strategy.
0070 Wilbarston Parish             YES      6. Transport and   6.8        The proposals for road improvements need to be strengthened The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Council                                Accessibility                 and extended. The A43 will have to be dualled throughout its need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                          length, the A14 improved and clear improvements to the A45, SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                          A605, A6116, A6003, and A427. These improvements need to the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                          precede housing development in order to avoid gridlock.      transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                       also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                       upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                       are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0070 Wilbarston Parish             YES      6. Transport and              The provision of a rail station in Corby is a diversion from far Noted. The provision of a passenger rail service is
     Council                                Accessibility                 more important transport needs. No finance should be diverted considered fundamental to Corby's regeneration and
                                                                          to it. It is not essential for fundamental change to the town.   is promoted as a priority in the Strategy for delivery
                                                                                                                                           early in the plan period. This is reflected in Policies
                                                                                                                                           2&3.
0070 Wilbarston Parish             YES      6. Transport and   6.21/      An integrated transport system will be required to avoid gridlock   The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Council                                Accessibility      6.22       with a much improved, high frequency bus network serving the        need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                          main towns and the rural areas.                                     SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                          Rail improvements are needed for regional movements but are         the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                          less appropriate for movement within North Northamptonshire.        transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                              also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                              upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                              are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section            Para No Summary of Representation                                               JPU Response
No
0073 Redrow Homes                 YES      6. Transport and   6.9       It is important that the Core Strategy provides greater flexibility   The Submission Strategy focuses on a smaller
     (South Midlands)                      Accessibility                to consider additional Greenfield Sites in Kettering Borough          number of initial larger urban extensions, which are
                                                                        Council which may perform well against the sequential                 of a critical mass needed to support infrastructure
                                                                        approach where these will have little or no impact upon the           and facilities. The Plan also identifies provision for
                                                                        A14.                                                                  further Sustainable Urban Extensions that can
                                                                        This flexibility needs to be provided in the short term to meet       deliver growth later in the plan period.
                                                                        the development requirements of the Plan period; to provide an
                                                                        identified 5 year land supply and enable the issue of the             Policy 8 does state that the release of these further
                                                                        upgrading of the A14 to be clearly resolved such that a more          SUE‟s may be brought forward if strategic and local
                                                                        detailed analysis of the potential major uban expansion               infrastructure constraints can be resolved at an
                                                                        opportunities around Kettering can be completed.                      earlier date, progress with the initial sustainable
                                                                                                                                              urban extension for the town is delayed, or if the
                                                                                                                                              supply of hosuing from other sources falls
                                                                                                                                              significantly below anticipated levels, or the initial
                                                                                                                                              sustainable urban extension for that town has
                                                                                                                                              reached critical mass, having delivered its first
                                                                                                                                              homes, primary school and local services.




0075 English Heritage             YES      6. Transport and             While it is recognised that investment in road transport will be      The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                           Accessibility                needed, if congestion is to be avoided as the area‟s population       need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                           (Strategic                   increases, it must be accompanied by substantial investment in        SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                           Connections)                 well-integrated public transport and other transport                  the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                        infrastructure, including provision for cycling and walking.          transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                        Without this, the environmental quality of the area will diminish.    also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                              upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                              are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0075 English Heritage                      6. Transport and             Improvements to the A43 north and the A605, in particular, will       The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                           Accessibility                require very sensitive treatment owing to the high landscape          need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                           (Strategic                   and environmental quality of this part of the area, including a       SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                           Connections)                 wealth of historic sites and areas. Similarly, a northern option      the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                        for the A14 would be very damaging for the historic                   transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                        environment, particularly in relation to the Boughton estate.         also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                              upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                              are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section                Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0075 English Heritage             YES      6. Transport and               Given the timescale for the plan, it would be wrong to dismiss The Strategy does not preclude the development of
                                           Accessibility (Local           the possibility that new and alternative transport systems could innovative transport schemes, but seeks to promote
                                           Connections)                   emerge that may be more attractive to road users.                and reflect schemes that are delivearble within its
                                                                                                                                           timeframe. Achieving a modal shift is fundamental to
                                                                                                                                           the Strategy and this is reflected in Objective 5
                                                                                                                                           (Objective 2 in PO) and policies 2-4 and their
                                                                                                                                           supporting text.
0075 English Heritage   YES                6.Transport and                We support the approach that transport considerations are Noted.
                                           Accessibility (Local           integral to the development process.
                                           Movement and
                                           Accessibility)
0075 English Heritage   YES                6.Transport and                We generally support the approach and welcome the statement Noted.
                                           Accessibility (Local           in the preferred option to „avoid directing unacceptable
                                           Movement and                   development pressures to the places with the most sensitive
                                           Accessibility)                 built or natural environments‟. In terms of the built environment,
                                                                          negative impacts can be reduced by ensuring that development
                                                                          is informed by an understanding of the settlement, e.g. by the
                                                                          use of characterisation, Conservation Area Appraisals and
                                                                          Village Design Statements etc.


0075 English Heritage   YES                6.Transport and                We recognise that there will be a need for development in             This will be matter for the Local Planning Authorities
                                           Accessibility (Local           villages to meet local needs or to support the role of smaller        through their development plan documents.
                                           Movement and                   towns as Rural Service Centres; however, it may not be
                                           Accessibility)                 appropriate to infill all sites if the open areas are integral to the
                                                                          character of the settlement.




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section              Para No Summary of Representation                                               JPU Response
No
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      6. Transport and     6.8        The JCSS should include a strong commitment that the JPU             The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                           Accessibility                   and constituent Local Planning Authorities within North              need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                           (Strategic                      Northamptonshire will work with the HA, SRS and bus                  SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                           Connections)                    companies to bring forward the necessary road, rail and bus          the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                           improvements to enable the growth and the regeneration               transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                           agenda to be delivered.                                              also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                                upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                                are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.

                                                                                                                                                Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
                                                                                                                                                recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                                                                                                                dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                                                                                                of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                                                                                                Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                                should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                                agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                                service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                                ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                                expanding population.




0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      6. Transport and     6.21       Highly supportive of central thrust which is to support and          The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                           Accessibility (Key              identify a high frequency bus corridor linking the north-south       need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                           Local Connections)              urban core of North Northamptonshire and provide links to            SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                           towns to the east. Buccleuch do however also consider that           the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                           improved bus links are critical to the future of the region's more   transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                           rural settlements.                                                   also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                                upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                                are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      6. Transport and     6.21       The JPU and constituent local authorities need to be working         Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
                                           Accessibility (Key              closely with the bus companies to identify and cost these            recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                           Local Connections)              proposals, and, in particular to identify any shortfalls in          dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                           subsidies which will require to be developer funded.                 of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                                                                                                Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                                should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                                agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                                service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                                ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                                expanding population.




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section                Para No Summary of Representation                                              JPU Response
No
0077 Buccleuch Property           YES      6. Transport and       6.21       The Preferred Option should make reference to the need to           Policy 4 of the Strategy outlines how the connections
                                           Accessibility (Key                improve bus services in the rural areas.                            between the rural hinterlands of North
                                           Local Connections)                                                                                    Northamptonshire and their most accessible service
                                                                                                                                                 centre and within urban areas from their local
                                                                                                                                                 neighbourhoods will be strengthened.


0077 Buccleuch Property                    6. Transport and       6.25       Supports the preferred policy approach for local movement and This is reflected in Policies 14 and 17 of the
                                           Accessibility (Local              accessibility, particularly the desire to build in accessibility and Strategy.
                                           Movement and                      patteerns of local movement as part of new development.
                                           Accessibility)
0077 Buccleuch Property                    6. Transport and       6.25       New development should make provision for footpath and cycle        Criteria k) within Policy 14 General Sustainable
                                           Accessibility (Local              way connectivity between employment and residential areas to        Development Principles refers to
                                           Movement and                      encourage commuting by means other than the private car.            development:allowing for travel to home, shops, work
                                           Accessibility)                    Land east of Kettering (K2a), along with K3a is particularly well   and school on foot and by cycle.
                                                                             placed to contribute to such objectives as part of the larger
                                                                             sustainable urban extension to the east of the town, and also
                                                                             due to the positioing of an eastern link road (with
                                                                             cycle/pedestrain routing) would link housing land to the east
                                                                             with employment land to the north.



0078 Rothwell Town                                                           If the A14 is upgraded, there will be a need for a local and     Some of the key strategic infrastructure needs of
     Council                                                                 traffic-friendly road link between Rothwell and Kettering unless North Northamptonshire are set out on the key
                                                                             this section of the A14 goes off line.                           diagram. Site specific DPDs will make provision for
                                                                                                                                              required strategic and local infrastructure, including
                                                                                                                                              the retention of existing facilities where there is a
                                                                                                                                              continuing need, and the provision of new facilities.


0078 Rothwell Town                                                           We would like public transport provision to be made generally       This is not a matter for the Core Strategy although
     Council                                                                 competitive and not left in the hands of one profiteer, as is the   the achievement of a modal shift is fundamental to
                                                                             case at present.                                                    the success of the Strategy., referred in Objective 5,
                                                                                                                                                 the measures identified in policies 2-4 and
                                                                                                                                                 specifically in policies 14 and 17.




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Ref Respondent            Support   Oppose   Section            Para No Summary of Representation                                                JPU Response
No
0079 Collyweston Parish                      6. Transport and              Most of our concerns and issues have been covered. The                Infrastructure led growth is a key objective of the
     Council                                 Accessibility                 timescale on achieving road and rail improvements is too long         MKSM SRS and has been taken forward as a
                                                                           but probably realistic, as these things are not achieved              fundamental part of the Submission Strategy.
                                                                           overnight. Pressure must be brought to bear on the relevant
                                                                           authorities to ensure that improvements keep pace with the            The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                           developments. There must not be deterioration from the                informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                           present situation for the existing population.                        Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                                 Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                                 delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                                 identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                                 development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                                 referred to in Policy 7.


0079 Collyweston Parish                      6. Transport and   6.4        Good approach and nice visions as long as the developers are Noted.
     Council                                 Accessibility                 made to contribute effectively.
0079 Collyweston Parish                      6. Transport and              The channelling of road-based freight onto core routes must  This is an objective contained within the
     Council                                 Accessibility                 not become policy unless the road improvements come first.   Northamptonshire Local Transport Plan.
                                             (Strategic
                                             Connections)
0080 National Trust                 Yes      Transport and      6.8/ 6.16 RSS Policies 44 and 45 require measures to be taken to                 Achieiving a modal shift is a key part of the Core
                                             Accessibility                reduce traffic growth and secure behavioural change that               Strategy, which is specifically referred to in amended
                                                                          encourages a reduction in the need to travel and changed               Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO), Policies 2-4 and
                                                                          attitudes to car use. It is not considered that appropriate            underpins the Strategy, particularly within Sections 3
                                                                          measures related to these Policies are identified in the Core          and 4.
                                                                          Spatial Strategy. Specifically:6.8A – refers to accommodating
                                                                          growth in existing traffic, as opposed to seeking to reduce it.6.9
                                                                          – 6.12/6.16 all set out road related proposals, including specific
                                                                          schemes that are to be advanced. In contrast the public
                                                                          transport initiatives identified (and those relating to freight) are
                                                                          a) much fewer in number, and b) far less specific (other than
                                                                          the re-opening of passenger rail services to Corby – which the
                                                                          Trust supports).


0089 Weldon Parish                           Transport and                 The Parish Council has consistently backed the relocation of          The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Council                                 Accessibility                 the railway station and finds it disappointing that its views do      need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                           not appear to be considered. Weldon sorely needs and eastern          SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                           bypass from the A43 Oundle Road.                                      the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                                 transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                                 also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                                 upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                                 are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.




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Ref Respondent            Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0090 Northamptonshire                        Transport and           The Submission Core Strategy should define its strategic roads     The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     County Council                          Accessibility           by the role expected of them and on the basis of the following:    need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                     - Nationally Strategic Corridors: A14, A45, A605                   SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                     - Regionally Strategic Corridors: A6, A43 (north of A14), A47,     the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                     A509 (A14 Kettering to A45 Wellingborough)                         transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                     - Sub-Regionally Strategic Corridors: A43 (south of A14), A427     also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                     (west of Corby), A509 (south of Wellingborough), A6003,            upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                     A6116                                                              are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0098 Borough Council of                      Transport and           The approaches adopted to each of the levels outlined above        The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Wellingborough                          Accessibility           should be supported. In particular this Council will wish to       need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                     endorse the urgent need for the A509 improvements. The need        SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                     for the A14 improvement to be advanced is clearly supportable      the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                     but also the need for the completion of A45 dualling to be         transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                     included in regional investment priorities. In endorsing the       also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                     identification of measures to support the transfer of freight to   upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                     rail the potential of Neilson‟s Sidings should be specifically     are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                     included in the Plan. The option of supporting bus corridor
                                                                     improvements along the urban spine is supported as a more
                                                                     realistic option at this stage than some more visionary
                                                                     alternatives such as additional rail stations (other than Corby
                                                                     which is supported). Clearly the local movement concepts must
                                                                     be endorsed as without this the possibility of achieving a more
                                                                     comprehensive local transport network than at present would
                                                                     be lost. It is important, however, that every effort is made to
                                                                     ensure that deficiencies within existing development & the rural
                                                                     areas are addressed.




0099 East                                    Transport and           No mention of the A47 and A6116 under paragraph 6.10. If           The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Northamptonshire                        Accessibility           these roads were not included then this could impede growth        need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
     Council                                                         along these corridors. However, it was noted that this could       SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                     also encourage unwanted development. Regard should also be         the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                     taken of the A43 as an important route up to Stamford but it       transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                     was acknowledged that not all of the routes could be listed as     also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                     being priority routes.                                             upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. This
                                                                                                                                        does not preclude future improvements to the route
                                                                                                                                        in the light of future studies and the results of the
                                                                                                                                        North Northamptonshire Transport Modelling.




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Ref Respondent           Support   Oppose   Section       Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0100 Michael Guest                                                  Serious consideration should be given to improving the road         The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                    network. I would suggest that the Kettering Northern Bypass,        need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                    be extended to link up with the A14, east of junction 10.           SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                    Subsidiary roads should be planned to avoid existing roads,         the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                    such as Warkton Lane and Deeble Road, to gain access to             transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                    Kettering town centre.                                              also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                        upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                        are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0102 Kettering Borough   YES                Strategic     6.8 -6.16 The Borough Council supports the emphasis on improving road         Noted. The Submission Strategy seek to ensure that
     Council                                Connections             linkages particularly in view of the existing problems with road    transport links including necessary road
                                                                    infrastructure around and within Kettering. There is very           improvements will take place in advance of
                                                                    serious concern that if major investment within the road            development or that suitable interim solutions can be
                                                                    network is not undertaken at an early stage in the planning         found. The housing trajectory within the Plan has
                                                                    process then congestion and the environmental impact of             been informed by a substantive evidence base,
                                                                    growth will have a negative impact on North Northamptonshire        including Transport modelling work and an outline
                                                                    as a whole. It is considered that public transport will only be     Water Cycle Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the
                                                                    able to provide partial long-term solutions and that existing       Plan. Any delays in providing key strategic
                                                                    road infrastructure issues require immediate solutions. The         infrastructure, or identifying acceptable interim
                                                                    Borough Council would emphasise the need for phasing of             solutions, will result in development being „back-
                                                                    development linked to road improvements and that such               loaded‟ or reduced as referred to in Policy 7.
                                                                    phasing be linked to development in all the growth towns which
                                                                    would access the highway network or use Kettering as a
                                                                    service centre. Bearing in mind probable existing and future
                                                                    employment patterns the Borough Council would support
                                                                    improved linkages both in terms of road infrastructure and
                                                                    public transport to Northampton, the period being to 2021 not
                                                                    2031




0102 Kettering Borough   YES       YES      Key Local     6.21 -    Whilst the Borough Council supports increased investment in         The draft Transport Strategy for Growth outlines a
     Council                                Connections   6.23      public transport there is concern that improved infrastructure to   package of measures for improving accessibility to
                                                                    accessing Kettering Town Centre cannot rely on this approach        the town centres, and policies 2-4 reflect this. The
                                                                    only. In order to remain successful the Town Centre needs to        achievement of modal shift is fundamental to the
                                                                    be accessible by a range of transport modes and the failure to      delivery of sustainable growth and this is referred to
                                                                    achieve this will affect the competitiveness of the Centre within   in paras 3.16-3.18.
                                                                    North Northamptonshire as well as the wider area.




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Ref Respondent           Support   Oppose   Section             Para No Summary of Representation                                               JPU Response
No
0102 Kettering Borough   YES                Local movement      6.25 -     The Borough Council supports the general approach and would Noted. Policy 3 outlines that centrally located bus
     Council                                and accessibility   6.26       draw attention to a transport hub at Kettering railway station interchanges will be developed and promoted at
                                                                           supported within the Kettering Town Master Plan.               Kettering that will act as the focus for bus and coach
                                                                                                                                          services. Multi modal interchanges will be developed
                                                                                                                                          at the three rail stations. All interchanges will include
                                                                                                                                          facilities for service information and good access on
                                                                                                                                          foot and bicycle, as well as secure cycle parking
                                                                                                                                          facilities.


0103 Venetia Anderson              YES                                     My main objection relates to the possible upgrading of the           Noted. The A605 is considered to be a key strategic
                                                                           A605 and A6116. You are no doubt aware that this area has            corridor and this is reflected in Policy 2.
                                                                           previously been designated as a „special landscape area‟ and
                                                                           has been described in official and non-official documents as
                                                                           „the Jewel in Northamptonshire‟s Crown


0103 Venetia Anderson              YES                                     Instead of up-grading the A605 to allow even more heavy              Noted. The A605 is considered to be a key strategic
                                                                           goods vehicles to use the road as a shortcut from the A14 to         corridor and this is reflected in Policy 2.
                                                                           the A1 there should be additional restrictions put in place to
                                                                           discourage the use of such vehicles.
0103 Venetia Anderson              YES                                     The inclusion of the A6116 in your proposals is ill considered in    Following advice from the County Council the A6116
                                                                           my opinion as I do not believe the traffic levels are sufficiently   is not identified in Policy 2 as a key investment
                                                                           high enough to warrant upgrading. I use this road several            priority, although this does not preclude it from future
                                                                           times a day and have never experienced any holdups or                improvement.
                                                                           problems apart from speed of vehicles.


0104 William Davis Ltd   YES                6                   6.23       William Davis Ltd agrees that a long-term view should be taken The provision of a passenger rail service at Corby is
                                                                           of the potential for reopening local railway stations.         a priority for the Strategy reflected in Policies 2&3.
                                                                                                                                          Para 3.25 takes outlines potential long-term
                                                                                                                                          improvements including provision at the smaller
                                                                                                                                          towns.
0105 Bovis Homes                            6                              Although the scale of development will vary, the same                Noted.
     Limited                                                               partnership approach can realise wider transportation
                                                                           improvements at other settlements.
0106 Home Builders    YES                   Transport and                  No reason given.                                                     Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Federation                             Accessibility                                                                                       Submission Strategy.
0107 Taylor Woodrow   YES                   6                   6.21       The preferred policy approach for the key connections is             Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Developments LTD                                                      supported.                                                           Submission Strategy.




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Ref Respondent           Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                                JPU Response
No
0108 Peterborough City                                                 Pages 25, Option C - One of the key expectations of the Plan is       The provision of a Rail Station is fundamental to the
     Council                                                           that a new rail station will be constructed at Corby, integrating     success of Corby's regeneration and the Strategy as
                                                                       the town with the National Rail network. The Plan assumes             whole. Therefore, the Plan supports it's early delivery
                                                                       that this will happen, but with the additional rail lines and spurs   and plans on this basis and this is reflected in
                                                                       that would need to be provided                                        Policies 2&3 and on the Key Diagram.


0108 Peterborough City                                                 If the rail station did not go ahead this may compromise growth       The provision of a Rail Station is fundamental to the
     Council                                                           within the „North Northamptonshire‟ area, would increase out-         success of Corby's regeneration and the Strategy as
                                                                       commuting, particularly into the MKSM and Peterborough                whole. Therefore, the Plan supports it's early delivery
                                                                       areas for work, and not achieve the objective of „self-               and plans on this basis and this is reflected in
                                                                       containment‟. In view of this, the impact of this needs to be         Policies 2&3 and on the Key Diagram.
                                                                       more fully assessed and planned for if this does not occur,
                                                                       perhaps allocating some growth elsewhere in the sub-region            The Strategy reflects the levels of growth set out in
                                                                                                                                             RSS8.


0108 Peterborough City                                                 Page 26, Option D - Any policy of improving bus services would Policy 2 and its supporting text outlines
     Council                                                           have to be considered from the perspective of the traveller,     improvements to the sub-regional bus network that
                                                                       particularly in relation to the time taken to complete journeys. will support the delivery of the strategy.
                                                                       For example, the X4 service mentioned takes around 3.5 hours
                                                                       to complete the 65 mile journey from Milton Keynes to
                                                                       Peterborough
0108 Peterborough City                                                 Page 27 paras 6.18 - given the capacity problems on the A14           Noted. The opening of Corby rail station is
     Council                                                           and A45, we support the assessment that it would not make             considered fundamental to the regeneration of the
                                                                       sense if the opening of a train station at Corby was not              town and the Strategy supports its delivery early in
                                                                       supported                                                             the Plan period. This is reflected in Policies 2&3.

0110 Northamptonshire    Yes                Transport &     6.8        We would wholeheartedly support the road priorities named in          These priorities have been taken forward in the
     Chamber                                Accessibility              point A, under Preferred Option: Strategic Connections, given         Submission Strategy.
                                                                       their national significance as freight routes as well as their
                                                                       importance to local people in connecting the county‟s main
                                                                       towns.
0110 Northamptonshire                       Transport &     6.8        Statement D should explicitly mention the need for new bus            Policy 9 outlines that preference should be given to
     Chamber                                Accessibility              routes to link employment sites, for instance Kettering Venture       locations that are accessible by a choice of means of
                                                                       Park or Phoenix Parkway Corby, with town centres and                  travel and policy 12 outlines that new sites will be
                                                                       residential zones.                                                    within or adjoining the main urban areas and be in
                                                                                                                                             locations that are capable (or have the potential) of
                                                                                                                                             being accessed by a choice of means of transport.


0110 Northamptonshire                       Transport &     6.21       The opportunity should be seized to combat the root cause of          The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
     Chamber                                Accessibility              congestion and provide high quality alternatives to the car as        reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
                                                                       people travel to main employment centres.                             and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                                                                                                             identify the required improvements to public
                                                                                                                                             transport links to deliver the Strategy.




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                              JPU Response
No
0110 Northamptonshire                      Transport &     6.22       With respect to the Explore Northamptonshire agenda of              The Strategy seeks to provide an enhanced public
     Chamber                               Accessibility              improving the county as an accessible and visitor-friendly          transport network to achieve the stated aim in
                                                                      destination, we would recommend that consideration is also          amdended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO) to
                                                                      given to “travel-to-play” journeys too, both in terms of local      achieve a modal shift.
                                                                      people and external visitors
0114 Brigstock Parish             Yes      Transport &                We feel that this section fails to acknowledge sufficiently the     This is too detailed a matter for inclusion in the Core
     Council                               Accessibility              limited street patterns in many of the villages.                    Strategy.
0117 Wellingborough                        Transport &                Good transport links are vital                                      The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Partnership                           Accessibility                                                                                  need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                                                                                          SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                                                                                          the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                          transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                          also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                          upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                          are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0118 Duchy of Lancaster Yes                Transport &                Higham Ferrers has provision for allocated sites to meet the        This is a Site Specific Issue, which is a matter for
                                           Accessibility              aspirations of the options document as the sites are well           East Northamptonshire in their Site Specific '3
                                                                      located to existing major roads and are very accessible for         Towns' LDD.
                                                                      existing and enhanced bus networks.
0120 Walgrave Parish                       Transport and              Comment: Need to improve non-car based transport from               The Strategy seeks to enhance the public transport
     Council                               Accessibility              villages to main centres.                                           network to improve links between settlements, as set
                                                                                                                                          out in Policies 2-4.
0120 Walgrave Parish                       Transport and              Concern: Transport and Accessibility A14/A45 up-grading: We         The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Council                               Accessibility              agree with the concerns of the Baker Associates Report and          need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                      favour the Option 2 of that report. Major concerns over the         SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                      priority to increase road building which detracts from the aim of   the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                      local employment and alternative travel. The Road building          transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                      plan has a detrimental effect on the environment and                also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                      encourages car use. We fully endorse the concerns in the            upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                      Baker Report “The effects of implementing Option 1 are short        are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text. A
                                                                      term benefits for long term negative impacts on the global          fundamental aim of the Strategy is also the
                                                                      environment” Agree: that more emphasis should be placed and         achievement of a modal shift to achieve Spatial
                                                                      rail and water freight.                                             Objective 5.


0120 Walgrave Parish                       Transport and              Concern: The importance of the plan to provide                      Fundamental to the Strategy is the promotion of
     Council                               Accessibility              neighbourhoods and communities not dormitory settlements            sustainable, inclusive communities. This is reflected
                                                                      like East Hunsbury. The need to attract quality employment          in the Vision, Objectives which are taken forward in
                                                                      locally                                                             Section 4 'Building Sustainable Communities'.




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0122 Northamptonshire   Yes                Transport and              We support the idea that improving public transport is essential Noted. This is taken forward in the Submission
     Heartlands Primary                    Accessibility              for ensuring sustainable growth                                  Strategy in amended Objective 5, (Objective 2 in PO)
     Care Trust                                                                                                                        and through policies 2-4 and supporting text.

0122 Northamptonshire             Yes      Transport and              We note however the emphasis in paragraph 6.8 to: "Support        The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Heartlands Primary                    Accessibility              essential road infrastructure improvements to accommodate         need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
     Care Trust                                                       development as well as growth in existing traffic on the key      SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                      road routes through North Northamptonshire…" We feel that         the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                      major road developments will not be sustainable in the medium     transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                      term and will exacerbate the problem of climate change            also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                        upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                        are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0122 Northamptonshire                      Transport and              There are few references to walking or cycling in this section.   These features are reflected throughout the Strategy,
     Heartlands Primary                    Accessibility              We would wish to see a policy aimed at establishing a             with specific reference in Policy 14 General
     Care Trust                                                       comprehensive network footpaths and safe cycleway, linking        Sustainable Development Principles and Policy 17
                                                                      homes, schools and work places as the core of a transport         Sustainable Urban Extensions.
                                                                      policy.
0122 Northamptonshire   Yes                Transport and   6.22       We support and would urge that good interchange facilities are Policy 3 Connecting the Urban Core refers to
     Heartlands Primary                    Accessibility              available to encourage people to use public transport, such that Centrally located bus interchanges being developed
     Care Trust                                                       they are able to travel to most parts of North Northamptonshire and promoted at Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough
                                                                                                                                       and Rushden.
0122 Northamptonshire                      Transport and              We would wish to see policies encouraging: Pedestrian and         These features are reflected throughout the Strategy,
     Heartlands Primary                    Accessibility              cycle priority in residential areas. Road space reallocation      with specific reference in Policy 14 General
     Care Trust                                                       towards pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. Work and      Development Principles and Policy 17 Sustainable
                                                                      educational travel plans. Air quality management plans and        Urban Extensions.
                                                                      noise abatement plans
0122 Northamptonshire                      Transport and   6.26       To prevent social isolation affordable bus networks are required Policy 4 of the Strategy outlines how the connections
     Heartlands Primary                    Accessibility              to link villages to neighbouring towns and areas within them     between the rural hinterlands of North
     Care Trust                                                                                                                        Northamptonshire and their most accessible service
                                                                                                                                       centre and within urban areas from their local
                                                                                                                                       neighbourhoods will be strengthened.




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                                  JPU Response
No
0123 Environment                           Transport and              We are somewhat disappointed by the emphasis placed in                  Major road improvements are also required
     Agency                                Accessibility              Section 6 on improving road linkages (although we recognise             alongside improvements to public transport links.
                                                                      these may be necessary). Increased attention should be paid             The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                      by the Strategy to the crucial need for a much-improved and             need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                      integrated public transport system within and between the               SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                      towns and villages                                                      the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                              transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                              also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                              upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                              are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                                              Policies 3 and 4 promote an improved public
                                                                                                                                              transport system within and between towns and
                                                                                                                                              villages.

0123 Environment                           Transport and              We feel that the overall focus of the document is on housing,     Significant focus has been given to environmental
     Agency                                Accessibility              jobs (the economy), and transport infrastructure with rather less issues through the production of the Core Strategy
                                                                      focus being given to environmental sustainability issues.         reflected in the substantive evidence base that has
                                                                                                                                        informed the Strategy. Environmental issues are
                                                                                                                                        implicit throughout the Vision, Objectives, Policy
                                                                                                                                        framework and Strategy as a whole. The
                                                                                                                                        Sustainability Appraisal that accompanies and
                                                                                                                                        informs the Submission Strategy has also ensured
                                                                                                                                        that these issues are addressed.


0126 Society of Merchant Yes               Transport and   6.21       The Preferred policy approach for the key connections is                Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     Venturers                             Accessibility              supported.                                                              Submission Strategy. Section 3 has identified the
                                                                                                                                              Spatial Strategy, including settlement hierarchy and
                                                                                                                                              the transport network to support this set out in
                                                                                                                                              policies 2-4.
0131 4 LSPs                                Transport and              The funding and timing of transport infrastructure is key.
                                           Accessibility              Transport is the big issue. The A14 is a national issue.
                                                                      Funding of local schemes is a problem (ERMA has only £75
                                                                      million to allocate). Public transport – cost and quality – needs
                                                                      to be addressed across area. Often good within individual
                                                                      towns but not joined up across area. There are particular
                                                                      difficulties for rural areas (this is highlighted in draft Local Area
                                                                      Agreement).· Transport and the impact of traffic on other areas
                                                                      needs to be carefully considered when looking at planning
                                                                      applications for industry and homes.




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Ref Respondent       Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0133 F A H Swallow                      Transport and           Of partucular concern to us residents is transport in all forms       The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                        Accessibility           (A14, rail, local roads, traffic and conjestion in Kettering).        need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                                                                                      SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                                                                                      the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                      transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                      also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                      upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                      are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0133 F A H Swallow                      Transport and           The need to improve all the transportation plans is absolutely        The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                        Accessibility           critical.                                                             need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                                                                                      SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                                                                                      the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                      transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                      also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                      upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                      are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0136 Nene Valley               YES      Transport and           We do not support essential road infrastructure improvements          The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Association                        Accessibility           to accommodate development, as well as growth in existing             need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                traffic on the key road routes through North Northamptonshire -       SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                in particular the identification of the A605 as one of the priority   the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                routes.                                                               transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                      also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                      upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                      are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                                      Also fundamental to the Strategy is achieving modal
                                                                                                                                      shift reflected in Objective 5 and paras 3.16-3.19 and
                                                                                                                                      policies 14 &17.


0136 Nene Valley               YES      Transport and           We feel that the development of the A605 as a strategic road          The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Association                        Accessibility           corridor would severely undermine the uniqueness of this part         need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                of the Nene Valley, which, with the surrounding villages,             SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                contributes to the special landscape character and local              the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                distinctiveness that is part of North Northamptonshire.               transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                      also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                      upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                      are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                                      Key infrastructure improvements are fundamental to
                                                                                                                                      the delivery of sustainable growth and rely on inter-
                                                                                                                                      agency support as referred to para 3.43.




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Ref Respondent           Support   Oppose   Section                Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0138 Harringworth Parish                    Transport and                    Traffic concerns.                                                 The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Council                                Accessibility                                                                                      need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                                                                                               SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                                                                                               the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                               transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                               also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                               upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                               are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                                               Also fundamental to the Strategy is achieving modal
                                                                                                                                               shift reflected in Objective 5 and paras 3.16-3.19 and
                                                                                                                                               policies 14 &17.


0142 Mr W P Groome                          Preferred Option for             The importance of the need for improvements to road links       The A6 is referred to in the Core Strategy and
                                            Strategic                        between the growth towns and the smaller towns is recognised. identified on the Key Diagram and other relevant
                                            Connections                      It is considered that the A6 route will also be important in    figures.
                                                                             ensuring that essential links are maintained including freight.

0143 Peter Groome                           Preferred Option for             The importance of the need for improvements to road links         The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Partnership                            Strategic                        between the growth towns and the smaller towns is recognised.     need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                            Connections                      It is considered that the A6 route will also be important in      SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                             ensuring that essential links are maintained including freight.   the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                               transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                               also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                               upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                               are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                                               Currently improvements to the A6 are not identified
                                                                                                                                               as priorities although the A6 is referred to in the Core
                                                                                                                                               Strategy and identified on the Key Diagram and other
                                                                                                                                               relevant figures.


0144 Rockingham Castle YES                  6. Transport and       6.8-6.16 The Estate supports the preferred option. In particular it         The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Estate                                 Accessibility                   supports the provision of an effective and efficient bus network   need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                            (Strategic                      and for supporting infrastructure outside North                    SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                            Connections)                    Northamptonshire in order to address its strategic connectivity,   the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                            these being particularly relevant in regard to the areas of        transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                            Rutland and Leicestershire lying to the north of Corby.            also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                               upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                               are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.




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Ref Respondent         Support   Oppose   Section                Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0144 Rockingham Castle YES                6. Transport and       6.8-6.16 The Estate particularly supports the necessity for Corby to be       These priorities are reflected in Policy 2 of the
     Estate                               Accessibility                   linked to the national rail passenger network and for                Strategy, with additional reference to a station at
                                          (Strategic                      improvements to the A14 and A43 as priorities. However, it is        Corby contained in Policy 3. Para 3.43 of the
                                          Connections)                    essential that the Spatial Strategy is supported by the              Strategy outlines that it should be recognised that
                                                                          Government agencies that in practice hold the key to delivery        the delivery of this infrastructure is dependent on
                                                                          of these vital strategic elements.                                   partnership working between a variety of public and
                                                                                                                                               private sector agencies. The Core Strategy, the
                                                                                                                                               infrastructure requirements within it should inform the
                                                                                                                                               investment strategies of key agencies. NNDC is
                                                                                                                                               working with infrastructure and service providers, to
                                                                                                                                               ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                               expanding population.

0144 Rockingham Castle                    6. Transport and       6.21-6.23 The Estate supports in principle this preferred option but would The Strategy promotes enhanced public transport
     Estate                               Accessibility (Key               wish to see greater priority given to improved public transport provision in rural areas, particularly through Policy 4 -
                                          Local Connections)               linkages within the rural areas, including areas to the north of Enhancing Local Connections.
                                                                           Corby outside the North Northants area.

0144 Rockingham Castle                    6. Transport and       6.25 &    The Estate supports in principle this preferred option insofar as   Policy 10 Distribution & Location of Development
     Estate                               Accessibility (Local   6.26      it relates to the provision of new urban development. However,      states that prefererence will be given to locations
                                          Movement and                     this policy should also take account of the needs of existing       that are accessible by a choice of means of travel
                                          Accessibility)                   settlements, particularly the rural areas. One way of achieving     and town centres will be strengtened as the focus or
                                                                           this is to encourage the provision of employment facilities         retail, employment.
                                                                           which can be accessed without the necessity of personal car
                                                                           transport.


0145 Northamptonshire                     6. Transport and                 Northamptonshire Churches support the direction of the             The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Churches                             Accessibility                    transport section but are concerned whether it is realistic and is need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                           unsure that investment in infrastructure will take place           SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                                                                                              the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                              transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                              also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                              upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                              are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                                              Key infrastructure improvements are fundamental to
                                                                                                                                              the delivery of sustainable growth and rely on inter-
                                                                                                                                              agency support as referred to para 3.43.




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Ref Respondent          Support   Oppose   Section            Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0145 Northamptonshire                      6. Transport and           Our observation is that many roads in North Northamptonshire          The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Churches                              Accessibility              are already operating beyond their capacity and need                  need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                      improving before the developments outlined in the plan are            SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                      considered. We are not confident that the funds for transport         the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                      infrastructure improvement will be allocated.                         transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                            also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                            upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                            are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                                            Key infrastructure improvements are fundamental to
                                                                                                                                            the delivery of sustainable growth and rely on inter-
                                                                                                                                            agency support as referred to para 3.43.



0145 Northamptonshire                      6. Transport and           With a proportion of the local economy based on distribution          The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Churches                              Accessibility              and the area‟s strategic location, further investment in the          need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                      transport infrastructure is necessary. However, we strongly           SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                      support the early development of Corby station and the                the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                      emphasis on moving freight transport to rail.                         transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                            also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                            upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                            are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.

                                                                                                                                            Policy 12 outlines that large scale strategic
                                                                                                                                            distribution will be concentrated at the rail-linked
                                                                                                                                            Eurohub site at Corby. Sites for smaller distribution
                                                                                                                                            should be located close to the strategic transport
                                                                                                                                            network, with priority given to areas served or
                                                                                                                                            potentially served by rail or water.




0145 Northamptonshire                      6. Transport and           Commuting will become a major problem if local jobs do not            Policy 17 outlines that Sustainable Urban Extensions
     Churches                              Accessibility              materialise and this will have negative impact on the                 will be required to incorporate a wide range of local
                                                                      environment. Similarly if local facilities are not developed in the   employment opportunities that offer a choice of jobs
                                                                      new developments, people will use their car to access shops           and training prospects.
                                                                      and leisure facilities.
0145 Northamptonshire                      6. Transport and           Frequent bus services are vital for all ages but are particularly     The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
     Churches                              Accessibility              important for younger people and older people. Further                reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
                                                                      investment in the bus network will be required.                       and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                                                                                                            identify the required improvements to public
                                                                                                                                            transport links to deliver the Strategy.




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Ref Respondent       Support   Oppose   Section    Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0147 Ray Lilley                                              The main problem with this Plan is Transport!                     The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                             You cannot build anymore Warehouse/Distribution Centres in        need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                             Corby as the Roads cannot support.                                SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                                                                               the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                               transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                               also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                               upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                               are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                               Improvements to public transport within the Growth
                                                                                                                               Towns is an important part of the Local Transport
                                                                                                                               Plan.


0148 GOEM                                                    A lot of emphasis is put in the provision of a passenger rail     It is considered that as this is fundamental to the
                                                             service in Corby by 2011. As the Corby rail decision will be      regeneration of Corby it is necessary to place
                                                             taken independently from the North Northamptonshire Core          significant emphasis upon this, particularly as the
                                                             Strategy the core strategy should be flexible and allow for a     Core Strategy will guide the investment plans of
                                                             wide range of different decisions including timing and the        other agencies and this is reflected in Policies 2&3.
                                                             specific nature of the service.

0154 Raunds Town                                   6.2/8.3/8. Raunds must figure more strongly in the Spatial Vision as        Raunds is defined as a Rural Service Centre in
     Council                                       4          commented upon in the Representations in the Core Spatial        accordance with its designation in the RSS. It is
                                                              Strategy, Raunds needs to benefit from being on the same tier    considered that the level of development distributed
                                                              as Rothwell, Desborough and Rushden.                             to it will assist in meeting its identified regeneration
                                                                                                                               needs.
0155 John Farmery                                            You say that the area is blessed with good transport              The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                             infrastructure. I can see why you say that but there are issues   need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                             with it.                                                          SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                                                                               the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                               transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                               also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                               upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                               are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                               Key infrastructure improvements are fundamental to
                                                                                                                               the delivery of sustainable growth and rely on inter-
                                                                                                                               agency support as referred to para 3.43.




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Ref Respondent             Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                                JPU Response
No
0155 John Farmery                                                        As for rail, commuter trains to and from London are especially        The Strategy reflects the priority of providing a
                                                                         full, with seats hard to come by. Adding Corby to the network         passenger rail service at Corby early in the Plan
                                                                         will seriously overburden the available train services. Since rail    period reflected in Policies 2&3. The specific route
                                                                         services are not within your power to alter, it would be              will be determined by operators, and the final
                                                                         interesting to know what you plan to do about it. And buses are       decision made by the DfT although the Core Strategy
                                                                         privatised; running them on unprofitable routes won't happen          should influence the investment plans of other
                                                                         but you seem to think that you can trigger bus services to            agencies such as the DfT.
                                                                         support your plans. I don't know how.


0157 The Rockingham                           Transport and   6.8&6.16 It is considered essential that full support of Government        North Northants Development Company (NNDC) will
     Castle Estate & The                      Accessibility            Agencies is secured in the Spatial Strategy in order for delivery play an important role in securing funding and
     Great Oakley Estate                                               of this infrastructure to take place in a timely manner.          commitment from Government and other key
                                                                                                                                         stakeholders to deliver the infrastructure necessary
                                                                                                                                         to support sustainable growth.
0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle                      Transport &                Overall concern about the imbalance in this document in favour The Strategy has to reflect the policy framework in
     & Wadehoe P.C                            Accessibility              of urban growth areas brought about by additional housing and the RSS, which focuses on Urban Concentration of
                                                                         the needs of rural areas, which are sufficiently catered for.  growth, particularly to the 3 Growth Towns. The
                                                                                                                                        Strategy seeks to ensure vitaility of the Rural Areas
                                                                                                                                        by allowing modest growth at the Rural Service
                                                                                                                                        Centres, and enhancing the public transport network
                                                                                                                                        links between the settlements in North
                                                                                                                                        Northamptonshire.


0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle                      Transport &                There is also an imbalance between the tendency to define             Some of the key strategic infrastructure needs of
     & Wadehoe P.C                            Accessibility              infrastructure in terms of transport networks with sufficient         North Northamptonshire are set out on the Key
                                                                         attention to local concern for social infrastructure (eg hospitals,   Diagram. Site specific DPDs will make provision for
                                                                         dentists, schools, higher and further education.                      required strategic and local infrastructure, including
                                                                                                                                               the retention of existing facilities where there is a
                                                                                                                                               continuing need, and the provision of new facilities.


0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle                      Transport &     5.14       The needs of small rural communities and villages are                 Some of the key strategic infrastructure needs of
     & Wadehoe P.C                            Accessibility              jeopardised in this document by the assumptions about                 North Northamptonshire are set out on the Key
                                                                         "essential road infrastructure improvements".                         Diagram. Site specific DPDs will make provision for
                                                                                                                                               required strategic and local infrastructure, including
                                                                                                                                               the retention of existing facilities where there is a
                                                                                                                                               continuing need, and the provision of new facilities.




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Ref Respondent             Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                              JPU Response
No
0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle                      Transport &     6.8 &     Preferred option concerning strategic option A which priorities      The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     & Wadehoe P.C                            Accessibility   4.28      proposed are the A14, A45, A43 and A605 (para 6.8). Para             need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                        4.28. In relation to the Nene Valley between Oundle and              SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                        Thrapston, the definitions of 'amenity', 'landscape' and             the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                        'heritage' would be seriously jeapordised under the preferred        transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                        policy approach.                                                     also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                             upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                             are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle                      Transport &               We are also concerned that no clear strategy is discernible for      The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     & Wadehoe P.C                            Accessibility             the A6116, which needs upgrading to the same traffic calming,        need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                        safety measures of the A605 - as a key road for Corby's              SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the draft
                                                                        access to the A14 and the East Coast ports.                          Transport Strategy for Growth. It also refers to routes
                                                                                                                                             that the JPU feel need to be upgraded to support and
                                                                                                                                             deliver the Strategy. These are identified in Policies 2-
                                                                                                                                             4 and its supporting text.


0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle   Yes                Transport &     6.5       We support the proposal to open the railway from Corby to            Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
     & Wadehoe P.C                            Accessibility             Kettering and the East Coast Main Line, for passenger as well        Submission Strategy, as reflected in Policy 3.
                                                                        as freight, because we feel that this would lessen the current
                                                                        pressure on road transport.
0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle                      Transport &               There is very little in this document on rail transport, compared    The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
     & Wadehoe P.C                            Accessibility             to road traffic - despite the need to consider sustainable policy    reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
                                                                        options in line with Government policy. There is an                  and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                                        environmental trade-off in relation to increased use of rail which   identify the required improvements to public
                                                                        also impacts on residential concerns.                                transport links including rail to deliver the Strategy.




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Ref Respondent             Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle             Yes      Transport &                There needs to be road improvements now, not to encourage        Para 3.43 of the Strategy outlines that it should be
     & Wadehoe P.C                            Accessibility              improvements, as when development takes place the roads          recognised that the delivery of this infrastructure is
                                                                         around the area need improving now.                              dependent on partnership working between a variety
                                                                                                                                          of public and private sector agencies. The Core
                                                                                                                                          Strategy, the infrastructure requirements within it
                                                                                                                                          should inform the investment strategies of key
                                                                                                                                          agencies. NNDC is working with infrastructure and
                                                                                                                                          service providers, including health services, to
                                                                                                                                          ensure that capacity is increased to cater for
                                                                                                                                          expanding population.

                                                                                                                                          The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                          informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                          Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                          Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                          delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                          identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                          development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                          referred to in Policy 7.



0161 Pilton, Stoke Doyle                                      6.6        When alternative options such as encouraging freight to use      The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     & Wadehoe P.C                                                       the more appropriate A14/41 corridor to Peterborough and the     need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                         A14/A43 route to Stamford could be encouraged. Another           SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                         option to be explored could be reducing car journeys along the   the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                         A605 by increasing bus networks along this route.                transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                          also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                          upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                          are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0165 R J Payne             Yes                Transport and              No reason given.                                                 Noted. This approach has been taken forward in the
                                              Accessibility                                                                               Submission Strategy.
0169 Homes Antill          Yes                Transport and   6.8        No reason given.                                                 Noted.
                                              Accessibility
0169 Homes Antill          Yes                Transport and   6.13       No reason given.                                                 Noted.
                                              Accessibility
0169 Homes Antill          Yes                Transport and   6.25       No reason given.                                                 Noted.
                                              Accessibility
0170 Rutland County                                           6.1        Omits to mention that investment may also be needed in          Paragraph 3.24 outlines that North Northamptonshire
     Council                                                             neighbouring areas. The text could mention that investment in is dependent on investment beyond its boundaries to
                                                                         road transport may also be needed in neighbouring areas to      improve its connectivity.
                                                                         help resolve local highway issues related to the large scale of
                                                                         growth that is being planned.




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Ref Respondent        Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                             JPU Response
No
0170 Rutland County                      Transport and              Could mention rail improvements. These will also be needed to Policy 10 Distribution & Location of Development
     Council                             Accessibility              help address the needs of distribution industries, rather than states that prefererence will be given to locations
                                                                    reliance on the road network. This should be mentioned.        that are accessible by a choice of means of travel.
                                                                                                                                   Specific reference to rail and rail freight is contained
                                                                                                                                   within paragraph 3.25 and additional text and policy.


0170 Rutland County                                      6.7        Could mention that restrictions on HGV movements will also be Paragraph 3.24 outlines that North Northamptonshire
     Council                                                        needed in rural areas and these should be co-ordinated with   is dependent on investment beyond its boundaries to
                                                                    neighbouring areas.                                           improve its connectivity.

0170 Rutland County   YES                                6.8A       Support improvements to the A43 between Corby and                  The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Council                                                        Stamford. Improvements to the A43 will be needed to alleviate      need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                    pressures of traffic on Uppingham and Caldecott as a result of     SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                    major development in North Northamptonshire.                       the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                       transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                       also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                       upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                       are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting
                                                                                                                                       text.Currently the A43 Corby Link Road is considered
                                                                                                                                       the key improvement to this route.


0170 Rutland County   YES                                6.8E       Agree with the support for key infrastructure outside North        Noted. This is referred to in para 3.24.
     Council                                                        Northamptonshire that is required to address North
                                                                    Northamptonshire‟s strategic connectivity.
0170 Rutland County                                      6.14       Omits to mention the possibility of extending the passenger rail   The Strategy reflects the priority of providing a
     Council                                                        service from London to Corby to Oakham and beyond and              passenger rail service at Corby in Policies 2&3. The
                                                                    potential implications for neighbouring areas. Fails to mention    specific route will be determined by operators, with
                                                                    that the Welland Valley route passes through Rutland and           the final decision made by the DfT.
                                                                    potential implications.
0171 Smith Stuart                                        6.13       The strategy needs to make provision for one or more Lorry         Para 3.100 outlines that the impact of HGV parking
     Reynolds                                                       Parks to accompany the existing and proposed growth in             arising from strategic distribution will also need to be
                                                                    freight movements. because of the existing and proposed            addressed. The specific provision of HGV parking
                                                                    increase in lorry movements (although the aspiration to            will be dealt with at district local planning authority
                                                                    increase rail movement is noted) there is a need to make           level.
                                                                    provision in the form of one or more Lorry Parks. The current
                                                                    unregulated parking will continue to cause problems to the
                                                                    detriment of the highway network with lorries parking in
                                                                    unsuitable locations causing both safety and amenity issues.
                                                                    The parking could be alleviated by the provision of purpose
                                                                    built lorry parks in suitable locations adjacent to the primary
                                                                    road network.




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Ref Respondent           Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0172 Maunsell Estate &   YES                                6.1-6.20 We fully support the preferred option in respect of the strategic Noted. This is taken forward in the Submission
     Glendon Estate                                                  connections within the area. Improvements to the strategic        Strategy in Policy 2.
                                                                     road network, along with improvements to the public transport
                                                                     are key to facilitating the planned for growth.

0172 Maunsell Estate &                                      6.1-6.20 Without such improvements, which need to be undertaken as Improvements to the A14 are identified as a priority
     Glendon Estate                                                  soon as possible particularly on the A14, delivering the scale of improvement in support of Policy 2.
                                                                     housing growth proposed will be impossible. Problems already
                                                                     exist on many roads and the proposed growth will only
                                                                     exacerbate the problem.
0172 Maunsell Estate &                                      6.1-6.20 Sites that can bring forward such improvements to the highway The Strategy has been informed by a substantive
     Glendon Estate                                                  network and that can provide a solution to the problem rather Evidence Base, including NCC transport modelling to
                                                                     than add to it, should be encouraged.                         assess the capacity of settlements to accommodate
                                                                                                                                   growth and transport strategy work. Similarly, the
                                                                                                                                   Urban Extensions study also incorporated an
                                                                                                                                   assessment of transport linkages.


0176 S.T.O.P                                Transport and             Improvements to the A14 are essential, new development must Paras 3.49-3.50 outline that improvements to the
                                            Accessibility             be restrained until this is completed.                      A14 are required to deliver growth.

                                                                                                                                         The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                         informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                         Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                         Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                         delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                         identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                         development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                         referred to in Policy 7.

0176 S.T.O.P                                Transport and             All major amenities (rail, hospital, shops) are located to the     Any planning application will be accompanied by a
                                            Accessibility             west of Kettering that presently realise traffic congestion into   Transport Assessment, assessing the impact on the
                                                                      the centre and access to these amenities. The proposal of the      Highway Network. A major Urban Extension would
                                                                      eastern development to Kettering would result in an increase in    incorporate a range of facilities and services within it,
                                                                      the already congested traffic and add to the unsustainablity of    to alleviate pressure on existing services, and also
                                                                      the town as a whole.                                               contribute to the development of enhanced
                                                                                                                                         infrastructure.




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Ref Respondent       Support   Oppose   Section    Para No Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0180 Bee Bee                                       6.8-6.16 Greater emphasis on improving north-south links (by road, rail      The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Developments                                           and public transport) is required, recognising the potential to     need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                            make use of surplus rail infrastructure and reducing the need       SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                            for local traffic to use the A14.                                   the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                                                                                transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                                                                                also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.


0180 Bee Bee                                       6.8-6.16 Within that context, the following amendment to the preferred       The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
     Developments                                           approach in respect of strategic connections set out at             need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                            paragraph 6.8 and the following additional priority are             SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                            requested: 1) The A509, between the A14 at Kettering and the        the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                            A45 at Wellingborough, should be identified as a “priority route”   transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                            and 2) Provision of the Kettering Eastern Distributor Road          also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                            should comprise a further element of the “policy approach” in       upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                            respect of strategic connections.                                   are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.

                                                                                                                                This road has not been identified as an essential part
                                                                                                                                of the strategic highway network but paragraph 3.29
                                                                                                                                outlines that the provision of a distributor road to the
                                                                                                                                east of Kettering, linking between the A43 Northern
                                                                                                                                By-pass and a new junction on the A14 may be
                                                                                                                                brought forward as part of the proposed sustainable
                                                                                                                                urban extension providing that environmental issues
                                                                                                                                can be adequately addressed. Policy 3 states that
                                                                                                                                the sustainable urban extension East of Kettering
                                                                                                                                should safeguard the potential for an eastern
                                                                                                                                distributor road linking the A43 Northern By-pass and
                                                                                                                                a new junction on the A14.




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Ref Respondent       Support   Oppose   Section    Para No Summary of Representation                                               JPU Response
No
0180 Bee Bee                                       6.21-6.23 The potential for new (as well as re-opened) rail stations should     It is not considered viable for the Strategy to promote
     Developments                                            be considered, including for such a facility north of                 a facility north of Wellingborough and there has been
                                                             Wellingborough, to support the urban extension proposed in            no support for such a service. Para 3.25 outlines that
                                                             that location.                                                        the provision of mainline services to rail stations at
                                                                                                                                   smaller towns such as Desborough can be
                                                                                                                                   considered at a later date once the priority of
                                                                                                                                   securing a passenger service at Corby has been
                                                                                                                                   achieved. There may also be opportunities in the
                                                                                                                                   longer term to utiltise strategic improvements to the
                                                                                                                                   rail network, such as East-West Rail and re-opening
                                                                                                                                   of the Wellingborough to Northampton rail line.


0180 Bee Bee                                       6.21-6.23 High quality (as well as high frequency) bus corridor                 The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
     Developments                                            connections should be promoted, giving attention to factors           reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
                                                             such as speed of service, vehicle accessibility and image, and        and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                             network branding (as well as providing the necessary                  identify the required improvements to public
                                                             supporting infrastructure).                                           transport links to deliver the Strategy.
0180 Bee Bee                                       6.24       While the proposal to investigate the potential for a “metro-type    The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
     Developments                                             service in the north-south urban core” is welcomed, the              reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
                                                              potential for a bus-based rapid transit service should be            and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                              investigated alongside the evaluation of that rail-based             identify the required improvements to public
                                                              concept.                                                             transport links to deliver the Strategy. The transport
                                                                                                                                   strategy work indicates that a bus-based public
                                                                                                                                   transport system has greatest potential to deliver
                                                                                                                                   modal shift in North Northamptonshire.


0180 Bee Bee                                       6.25-6.26 In certain circumstances, accessible locations within urban           Noted. The Strategy seeks to ensure that urban
     Developments                                            extensions are appropriate for “town-wide services and                extensions incorporate a range of services to benefit
                                                             facilities". Examples of such circumstances are where a               both the new and existing population and support the
                                                             service/facility has particular requirements relating to land take,   regeneration and enhancement of the Growth Towns
                                                             access or environmental setting, which can be satisfied more          as a whole. These are set out in Policy 17 of the
                                                             fully at accessible locations within urban extensions than in         Strategy.
                                                             town centres. In these circumstances, there is the potential for
                                                             such services/facilities to be accommodated in high quality and
                                                             prominent developments, affording a high profile to the urban
                                                             extensions concerned and thereby assisting in the attraction of
                                                             investment to North Northamptonshire and enhancing the
                                                             range of facilities and opportunities available to local people.




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Ref Respondent         Support   Oppose   Section   Para No Summary of Representation                                          JPU Response
No
0181 Highways Agency                                        Whilst the Highways Agency supports the broad thrust of the      Paras 3.49-3.50 outline that improvements to the
                                                            Joint Core Spatial Strategy in terms of its aims and objectives, A14 are required to deliver growth.
                                                            we have concerns with its deliverability and its apparent
                                                            reliance on improvements to the A14.                             The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                             informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                             Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                             Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                             delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                             identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                             development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                             referred to in Policy 7.

0181 Highways Agency                                        The A14 Kettering Bypass is currently the subject of an options    Paras 3.49-3.50 outline that improvements to the
                                                            study, which will report to the Secretary of State in Summer       A14 are required to deliver growth.
                                                            2006. The scheme is not yet in the Targeted Programme of
                                                            Improvements and the funding and programme for delivery are        The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                            not yet agreed. In fact, there currently is no Government          informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                            commitment to take forward any improvements to the A14 in          Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                            the East Midlands.                                                 Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                               delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                               identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                               development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                               referred to in Policy 7.

0181 Highways Agency                                        The capacity of the A14 is identified in paragraph 9.6 as one of   The Preferred Options and Submission Strategy
                                                            the main infrastructure issues that may impede growth. No          have sought to emphasise the importance of the A14
                                                            mention is made of capacity issues on the local road network in    as a Trans-European Route to North
                                                            this paragraph or in the document generally.                       Northamptonshire, and emphasise the importance of
                                                                                                                               its upgrading to the delivery of the strategy. Paras
                                                                                                                               3.49 & 3.51 outline the possible impacts on the
                                                                                                                               delivery of growth.




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Ref Respondent         Support   Oppose   Section   Para No Summary of Representation                                           JPU Response
No
0181 Highways Agency                                        The North Northamptonshire Transport Model will identify            The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                            pressure points on both the strategic and local road networks       need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                            and should inform the Joint Core Spatial Strategy. The JPU          SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                            should bear in mind in the preparation of the Strategy that         the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                            neither funding nor a programme of works has been agreed for        transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                            either the national or local highway network.                       also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                                                                                upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                                                                                are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.

                                                                                                                                The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                                                                                                informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                                                                                                Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                                                                                                Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                                                                                                delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                                                                                                identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                                                                                                development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                                                                                                referred to in Policy 7.



0181 Highways Agency                                        The impact of the growth proposals in North Northamptonshire The Strategy has considered these impacts and this
                                                            on the trunk road network outside the area, including A1 and is reflected in para 3.24 of the Strategy.
                                                            M1 junctions will also need to be considered.

0181 Highways Agency                                        The references to the A14 Kettering Bypass give the                 The Preferred Options and Submission Strategy
                                                            impression that improving the A14 will solve all traffic problems   have sought to emphasise the importance of the A14
                                                            relating to the proposed growth in North Northamptonshire.          as a Trans-European Route to North
                                                            There is no evidence to indicate that the bypass could resolve      Northamptonshire, and emphasise the importance of
                                                            all the highway transport problems on strategic and local roads.    its upgrading to the delivery of the strategy. Paras
                                                                                                                                3.49 & 3.51 outline the possible impacts on the
                                                                                                                                delivery of growth.
0181 Highways Agency                                        In some instances the Agency has asked for further information      The housing trajectory within the Plan has been
                                                            regarding developments, in order to assess the impact of            informed by a substantive evidence base, including
                                                            proposals on the trunk road network and the A14 in particular.      Transport modelling work and an outline Water Cycle
                                                            In consultation with the local planning authorities North           Study and is set out in Figure 11 of the Plan. Any
                                                            Northamptonshire and Government Office for the East                 delays in providing key strategic infrastructure, or
                                                            Midlands, a way forward has been identified that will allow         identifying acceptable interim solutions, will result in
                                                            those developments that are in accordance with the Local Plan       development being „back-loaded‟ or reduced as
                                                            to go forward. Sites that have not been allocated in the relevant   referred to in Policy 7.
                                                            local plan will, however, be subject to further scrutiny.




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Ref Respondent           Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                            JPU Response
No
0181 Highways Agency                                                   The Joint Core Spatial Strategy assumes road improvements         The Submission Strategy has identified routes that
                                                                       to the A14 and A45 will go ahead and that the rail station in     need improving to reflect the priorities of the MKSM
                                                                       Corby will be open by the middle of the plan period. To ensure    SRS, the Local Transport Plan and the outcomes of
                                                                       the soundness of the plan, consdiereation should be given to      the Highways Agency's A14 Study and NCC
                                                                       how developments could proceed in the abscence of these           transport modelling and transport strategy work. It
                                                                       improvements and rail provision. Also consideration should be     also refers to routes that the JPU feel need to be
                                                                       given as to which and how much of each development would          upgraded to support and deliver the Strategy. These
                                                                       go forward.                                                       are identified in Policies 2-4 and its supporting text.
                                                                                                                                         Key infrastructure improvements are fundamental to
                                                                                                                                         the delivery of sustainable growth and rely on inter-
                                                                                                                                         agency support as referred to para 3.43.



0183 Mr. Derek Walton                       Transport and              Cars: Insurance industry data states that 3 out 4 house have 2 As an identified Rural Service Centre, it is
                                            Accessibility              cars. If the remainder of the houses in the development have considered that Raunds has sufficient capacity to
                                                                       one car each, then the additional number of cars in the area   deliver the level of development distributed to it.
                                                                       would 59,675 which has major implications for traffic
                                                                       congestion and parking, especially in town centres.


0184 East Midlands                          Transport and              The linkages stated are almost entirely roads. RSS8 includes a    The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
     Regional Assembly                      Accessibility              policy objective to "reduce the need for travel" and to foster    reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
                                                                       greater use of more sustainable transport modes, specifically     and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                                       public transport and cycling & walking.                           identify the required improvements to public
                                                                                                                                         transport links to deliver the Strategy.
0186 Salvation Army      Yes                Transport and   5          The proposed rail extension of rail services to Corby should be   The Strategy refers to this as being a priority,
                                            Accessibility              pushed for.                                                       reflected in Policy 3.
0187 The Country Land                       Transport and   6.2        Need for more research into communication links including cob-    The Strategy seeks to achieve a modal shift,
     and Business                           Accessibility              web of public transport                                           reflected in amended Objective 5 (Objective 2 in PO)
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                   and within Section 3, in which Policies 2, 3 and 4
                                                                                                                                         identify the required improvements to public
                                                                                                                                         transport links to deliver the Strategy.
0187 The Country Land                       Transport and   6.21       Lack of public transport between rural settlements                Policy 4 outlines how connections between the rural
     and Business                           Accessibility                                                                                hinterlands of North Northamptonshire and their most
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                   accessible service centre will be strengthened.

0187 The Country Land                       Transport and   6.25       Development Layout                                                Noted.
     and Business                           Accessibility
     Association (CLA)

0187 The Country Land              YES      Transport and   6.26       Consider rural needs                                              Policy 4 outlines how connections between the rural
     and Business                           Accessibility                                                                                hinterlands of North Northamptonshire and their most
     Association (CLA)                                                                                                                   accessible service centre will be strengthened.




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Ref Respondent           Support   Oppose   Section         Para No Summary of Representation                                        JPU Response
No
0187 The Country Land                       Transport and   6.8       There is a need at point D to make specific reference to        Policy 4 outlines how connections between the rural
     and Business                           Accessibility             connect the rural settlements to each other and also to the key hinterlands of North Northamptonshire and their most
     Association (CLA)                                                service centres and larger urban areas                          accessible service centre will be strengthened.




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Ref  Respondent         Support   Oppose   Section   Para No Summary of Representation
No
0001 National Farmers                                7.8     The fifth bullet point about overloading existing facilities is so
     Union                                                   important.
0001 National Farmers   YES                          7.9     We agree completely with the point about infrastructure
     Union                                                   investment.
0002 John Bugby                   YES      7         7.49    Despite the title there is no real mention of Leisure which I
                                                             presume to include Recreation and Sports Centres (including
                                                             Swimming Pools). I feel this is important as this develops
                                                             communities and allows people to meet.

0002 John Bugby                            7         7.49    There appears to be more land available, better access and
                                                             opportunity to develop Corby Town Centre than for any other
                                                             of the towns and the opportunity to do this should not be
                                                             missed.
0002 John Bugby                            7                 The document identifies that a considerable number if people
                                                             travel between Kettering and Corby to work. The proposal to
                                                             develop complementary roles and build on existing types of
                                                             Development/Employment opportunities does not appear to
                                                             support the need for communities to be self-sustainable which
                                                             is environmentally a prime objective.


0002 John Bugby                   YES      7         7.18    The proposed north-easterly development outside the natural
                                                             envelope of Corby will isolate it from the rest of the town. The
                                                             development will not be remote or large enough to form a
                                                             sustainable Village type community with its own identity.
                                                             Without improvements to the road network (the only transport
                                                             link likely to be sustainable) the development will only add to
                                                             the existing problems in the area.


0005 Mr R.Parker        YES                Table 2           Support approach in Table 2 regarding additional growth
                                                             implied on Greenfield extension for the Rural Service Centres.
                                                             Given the strategic position and available infrastructure it is
                                                             entirely appropriate for Raunds to benefit from such levels of
                                                             growth.
0006 Sutton Bassett               YES                        I believe that to base the future employment plans on the
     Parish Meeting                                          existing profile of the workforce when the overall plan allows
                                                             for its increase (I.e net import) of up to 100,000 persons is
                                                             short-term and will result in North Northants forever forming a
                                                             below average skilled work force. I also believe that to rely too
                                                             heavily on transport & warehousing for employment will place
                                                             a considerable strain on roads, etc which will be negative to
                                                             the area.




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0007 Kettering Tenants   YES                                     Infrastructure must be carefully planned so that houses & jobs
     Forum                                                       have a correct mix with low cost homes for those unable to buy
                                                                 outright.




0008 Mrs Y Mann          YES           Distribution of           No reason given.
                                       Development
0008 Mrs Y Mann                YES     Urban Extensions          This extension to the West of Corby is Greenfield Agricultural
                                                                 Land not Brownfield therefore I do have a problem with it being
                                                                 used.




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0009 Jennifer Moore           YES                                   Firstly as a GP I am anxious that the population increase
                                                                    cannot be adequately cared for by Kettering General Hospital.




0012 Andrew Granger &                  Distribution of              Agree especially for improvements to shopping & leisure
     Co                                Development                  developments and no mention of modest developments for
                                                                    housing and commerce in rural areas which need some
                                                                    development in order to remain sustainable.



0012 Andrew Granger &                  Urban Extensions             Use of brownfield sites is supported for housing but there must
     Co                                                             remain a balance and all of the brownfield sites should not be
                                                                    taken at the expense of commercial land.




0013 Weekley Parish           YES                         7.9       Oppose the 'no additional growth' in villages.
     Council                                              (Table 2) All villages should have provision for new housing within
                                                                    present boundaries where conditions allow (including restricted
                                                                    development/restraint villages).

                                                                    Due consideration to be given to conservation materials,
                                                                    styles, design, etc. Planning restrictions should be lifted to
                                                                    develop infill sites in villages. This will enhance the villages.




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0014 Michael Mills            YES                                   Simply far too much expansion all round.
                                                                    Unsustainable.

0015 Catalyst Corby           YES      Town Centres and             We are particularly concerned that the momentum being
                                       Retail                       established in Corby town centre by Land Securities is fully
                                                                    supported and not constrained by the emerging policies of the
                                                                    sub-regional spatial strategy, particularly by any premature
                                                                    floorspace allocation figures which have not responded to
                                                                    recent market dynamics, such as the emergence of Land
                                                                    Securities as a strong driver for town centre development in
                                                                    Corby, and the implications of this for the sub-regional centre
                                                                    functions.

                                                                    In this regard it is noted that the floorspace requirements 2004-
                                                                    21 are indicative at this stage. We believe it is important that
                                                                    the final policy takes account of market responses to the
                                                                    figures as may emerge from key commercial interests such as
                                                                    Land Securities and that an appropriate policy is adopted that
                                                                    allows the LDD flexibility in responding to the rapidly evolving
                                                                    sub-regional retail opportunity.



0015 Catalyst Corby   YES              Distribution of New          Supports strategic allocation of new dwellings in Corby
                                       Housing                      Borough.

                                                                    Important to note that if Corby is to meet MKSM growth target
                                                                    of 8,350 new dwellings in Greenfield extensions, it will be
                                                                    necessary for the western expansion, in addition to all the
                                                                    other housing land provision, to make a significant contribution
                                                                    towards this target figure during the plan period to 2021.


0015 Catalyst Corby                    Distribution of New          Recognises and supports that in due course it will be
                                       Housing                      necessary to review actual housing completion rates and
                                                                    consider the long-term possibility of a further land release to
                                                                    meet the MKSM aspiration for Corby.

                                                                    We are satisfied this can be addressed through future reviews
                                                                    of the LDD.




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0015 Catalyst Corby           YES      Employment          We are concerned that the assumptions made in the
                                       Table 3             relationship between employment and employment land
                                                           allocation are not transparent in the consultation document,
                                                           and that this calls into question the validity of the data included
                                                           in the formal consultation process.

                                                           We are therefore concerned as to whether ratios between
                                                           employment provision and land allocations are sufficiently
                                                           robust.

0015 Catalyst Corby           YES      Employment          On further reflection we see reason why the Core Spatial
                                                           Strategy need go further than identifying the overall level of
                                                           employment growth appropriate in each Borough necessary to
                                                           broadly match the housing numbers, leaving the qualitative
                                                           and quantitative translation into employment land allocations to
                                                           be resolved through the LDD process for each Borough.

                                                           We believe the above two approaches require further careful
                                                           consideration before Borough wide employment land
                                                           allocations are made that provide a poor fit with the
                                                           quantitative and qualtitative land allocation needs of each
                                                           Borough and the step change in the type of employment
                                                           required under the growth strategy.


0016 A.J Smith                         7            7.8    The data included in this paragraph as Table 2 could lead to
                                                           the drawing of incorrect conclusions as to where the main
                                                           impact of development lies.
                                                           It has an equal impact on areas outside Corby, Kettering &
                                                           Wellingborough.


0016 A.J Smith                YES      7            7.38   The date shown in 7.38 as Table 3 shows a low target for job
                                                           growth in East Northants.




0019 Rushden Town                                          Infrastrusture is to be funded by developers. However, in the
     Council                                               Rushden area in particular, most future development has
                                                           already been approved. There was, therefore, little likelihood
                                                           of funding coming from developers.




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0019 Rushden Town                                         No mention has been made regarding improvements to health
     Council                                              or dental services. Only one hospital covers the East
                                                          Northamptonshire area and it was felt further pressure should
                                                          be placed for a more localised Aciident and Emergency
                                                          service.




0019 Rushden Town                                         New industry was not coming to Rushden and it was
     Council                                              impossible for people to get to work on public transport




0019 Rushden Town                                         I must point out that Rushden is the largest town in East
     Council                                              Northamptonshire and there is a feeling it is rapidly becoming
                                                          a dormitiory town for other centres. The document does very
                                                          little towards delivering a sustainable community for the town.




0019 Rushden Town                                         Being on the periphery of East Northamptonshire, Rushden will
     Council                                              be competing with the larger towns of Wellingborough,
                                                          Kettering and Corby as well as Bedford and it was considered
                                                          that the town's profile needed to be raised. Concern was also
                                                          raised that in view of the emphasis being placed on
                                                          Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby, East Northamptonshire -
                                                          and in particular Rushden - would miss out on any available
                                                          funding.




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0020 emda                     YES      7                         The Spatial Strategy needs to take account of, and make
                                                                 reference to the Regional Housing Strategy (RHS), and its role
                                                                 in delivering national housing policies at the regional level.

0020 emda                     YES      7                         emda would encourage the JPU to ensure that affordable
                                                                 housing issues are taken into account in developing the
                                                                 Spatial Strategy.




0020 emda             YES              7                         We agree with the preferred directions of growth for Corby,
                                                                 Kettering and Wellingborough.

                                                                 We would like to stress the importance that any future urban
                                                                 extensions need to be in line with the sequential approach as
                                                                 set out in Policy 2 of the Regional Spatial Strategy.


0020 emda             YES                                        Supports preferred option to build on the area's economic
                                                                 strengths while at the same time moving towards more
                                                                 diversification as described in the employment section of the
                                                                 document. It is essential that the Spatial Strategy identifies
                                                                 productivity drivers, through the promotion of key sectors and
                                                                 identifies skill needs and shortages.


0020 emda                     YES                                As stressed in our previous comments we would like the
                                                                 Spatial Strategy to included specific reference to the Regional
                                                                 Economic Strategy (RES) and the Northamptonshire
                                                                 Partnership, the Sub-Regional Strategic Partnership for the
                                                                 areas. The RES is now at an advanced stage and the new
                                                                 RES will be published in April 2006.


0021 Ann Packham      YES              Distribution of           No reason given.
                                       Development
0021 Ann Packham      YES              Urban Extensions          No reason given.

0021 Ann Packham                                                 Flats are acceptable in town centres but look out of place in
                                                                 established residential areas.




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0021 Ann Packham                                                 The infrastructure ie shops, schools, health centres must be in
                                                                 place before the houses. I doubt if Kettering Hospital has the
                                                                 room to expand to accommodate all these extra people and
                                                                 certainly not the car parking for disabled people- is there a new
                                                                 hospital planned?




0021 Ann Packham                                                 Please don't spoil rural Northamptonshire- our best kept
                                                                 secret.




0022 J Pearton                YES                                My concern is WATER supply & the greatly increased demand
                                                                 for the extra population.
                                                                 East Anglia is served for the most part by ground water-
                                                                 covering so much ground by concrete will drastically reduce
                                                                 the supply.




0023 Mr F W Doughty   YES              Urban Extensions          We hope the housing proposed for Wellingborough & other
                                                                 places will not be of the type built on areas such as
                                                                 Queensway. They have no style at all which makes it look a
                                                                 poor area.




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0024 Mrs J.E. Betts            YES     Distribution of           No reason given.
                                       Development



0024 Mrs J.E. Betts            YES     Urban Extensions          Please tell us exactly what you mean by key service centres. I
                                                                 live in Raunds and the town is already over-developed.



0024 Mrs J.E. Betts            YES                               Yes, you have completely spolit Northamptonshire. There will
                                                                 soon be no space left, and the character of large and smaller
                                                                 towns has been absolutely. Please STOP before it is too late.




0024 Mrs J.E. Betts            YES                               Milton Keynes is where further development should take place,
                                                                 that is where London overspill should be, for jobs, etc.




0025 Mr Jerome Richard         YES     Urban Extensions          The whole concept is wrong because too much development
     Betts                                                       is envisaged in too short a time.
                                                                 There should be no building on green field sites. The large
                                                                 number of houses is too many for relatively small towns like
                                                                 Kettering and Wellingborough although Corby as a NEW
                                                                 TOWN should cope.
                                                                 The largely rural character of North Northamptonshire is in
                                                                 grave danger of being swamped by urban sprawl and a huge
                                                                 linear city will blight the landscape.




0026 Mrs J. Cotton       YES           Distribution of
                                       Development




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0026 Mrs J. Cotton             YES     Urban Extensions




0027 Tina Dixon          YES           Distribution of           No reason given.
                                       Development
0027 Tina Dixon                        Urban Extensions          Greenfield sites should only be used when all available
                                                                 Brownfield land has been used and when it is unavoidable, to
                                                                 use the least environmentally attractive/sensitive Greenfield
                                                                 sites for building.




0028 Mr & Mrs G.E.       YES           Distribution of           No reason given.
     Huntingdon                        Development
0028 Mr & Mrs G.E.       YES           Urban Extensions          No reason given.
     Huntingdon
0029 John Welsh          YES           Distribution of           We need better services for people with learning difficulties.
                                       Development

0030 Hampton Brook Ltd                                           Representations submitted in the context of the promotion of
                                                                 land west of Wilby Way, Wellingborough for a small scale
                                                                 mixed use urban extension accommodating provision of a
                                                                 strategic high quality employment location, leisure and
                                                                 residential uses, with associated 'green infrastructure', and
                                                                 which will also serve to deliver the grade separation of the A45
                                                                 junction with the A509.




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0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES             Objective 1          4.8     (Support Objective 1 and Preferred Option of moving toward
                                                                    greater self-containment of the Growth Towns and North
                                                                    Northamptonshire.
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES             Objective 2          4.10    Support Objective 2 and the Preferred Option to improve key
                                                                    east-west road corridors.
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES             Objective 2          4.11    Support for Objective 2 and the preparation of the plan on the
                                                                    presumption that the A45 is dualled and grade separated
                                                                    throughout North Northamptonshire.
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd                 Setting the Strategic 4.11   The Plan should acknowledge all opportunities for
                                       Direction of the Plan        improvements to the A45 that will contribute towards its
                                                                    dualling and grade separation, including development led
                                                                    finance. The proposed of land west of Wilby provides an
                                                                    opportunity to grade separate the A45/A509 junction.




0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES             Objective 3          4.14    Support Objective 3 and the presumption through the plan that
                                                                    new development will be within or closely associated with
                                                                    settlements.
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd        YES      Objective 3          4.14    Obect to Objective 3, the plan should not seek to define, other
                                                                    than broadly through the written word, the location or extent of
                                                                    'strategic gaps'.




0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES             Objective 4          4.15    Support for Objective 4 and the intention to make provision for
                                                                    commercially attractive sites for higher order employment
                                                                    uses.
0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES             Objective 4          4.23    Support for Objective 8 and the proposed provision of a varied
                                                                    network of accessible and mulifunctional green spaces.

0030 Hampton Brook Ltd        YES                           Fig 2   Object to the Preferred Strategy Diagram and the identification
                                                                    of 'strategic gaps'.
                                                                    It will be for the LPA to define the location and extent of
                                                                    'strategic gaps' throuhg the preparation of DPD that take into
                                                                    full account development requirements and an identified need
                                                                    to avoid coalescence.




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0030 Hampton Brook Ltd        YES      7. The Distribution   7.19   Studies have only examined the potential for large scale urban
                                       of Development               extensions. They have not examined the potential for smaller
                                                                    scale urban extensions which may peform equally well in terms
                                                                    of sustainable development.




0030 Hampton Brook Ltd        YES      7. The Distribution   7.20   The Preferred Option has been prepared in the absence of any
                                       of Development               published assessment of the delivery timeframes of the large
                                                                    scale urban extensions to meet the requirements of RSS
                                                                    8/MKSM SRS.




0030 Hampton Brook Ltd        YES      7. The Distribution   7.20   A risk assessment of the proposed PO should be undertaken
                                       of Development               to ensure that a step change delivery required is delivered. It is
                                                                    considered unlikely that the concentration of development in
                                                                    two large scale urban extensions of Wellingborough as
                                                                    proposed will ensure that the required completions rate is
                                                                    achieved.




0030 Hampton Brook Ltd        YES      7. The Distribution   7.20   The strategy should provide, both through appropriate policy
                                       of Development               criteria and the identification of sites, for small scale urban
                                                                    extensions that can be brought forward more quicklly in order
                                                                    to achieve the required 'step change' in delivery. Land West of
                                                                    Wilby Way can provide for up to 750 new dwellings as part of
                                                                    a mixed use development, including the provision of a high
                                                                    quality business location and leisure uses.




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0030 Hampton Brook Ltd        YES      7. The Distribution   7.21   The strategy should plan positively for circumstances where
                                       of Development               delivery of the major urban extensions is delayed, by the
                                                                    development of appropriate policy criteria that will allow for the
                                                                    release of identified small scale urban extensions.




0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES             7. The Distribution   7.31   Support for acknowledgement that certain forms of
                                       of Development               employment development wil require commercially attractive
                                                                    locations on prominent sites at the edges of towns.



0030 Hampton Brook Ltd YES             7. The Distribution   7.32   Support for the proposed development of criteria to aid in the
                                       of Development               selection of strategic employment sites.
                                                                    The criteria should reflect the need to provide for high
                                                                    value/high technology employment at W