Meeting with SNC Planner

Ellie Gingell of South Northamptonshire Council is a Planner with special responsibility for supporting those creating Neighbourhood Plans within the county. She has attended our Steering Group Meetings and provides advice and support. The notes below were provided by her following a  meeting on 20th February 2018 betwen Ellie, the Chair of the Steering Committee and the Parish Clerk. 

“Thank you for a positive meeting this morning regarding the Hackleton Neighbourhood Plan. I have sought to try and summarise the main points of conversation, below, to help with your meeting on Monday and as a record you can look back on.


A thorough questionnaire was carried out in 2011. Rather than repeat this stage, I suggest that you use this as an opportunity to ‘report’ on the findings and check that that information is still relevant e.g. nothing has altered. There may be different ways of doing this but you just need to build on it so it doesn’t seem like you’re asking the same questions again. It would be a good opportunity to ‘test’ any preferred options before issuing a draft plan.  I will speak with Paul (Housing) to get a copy of a Housing Needs questionnaire and a sample report, ideally ahead of your meeting on Monday. As noted, it would be helpful if this could go out with the Neighbourhood Plan information so people aren’t bombarded with information.

Housing figures:

We will look to use a ‘Local Housing Needs’ figure (the traditional definition) that identifies the needs from those that live/have a connection with the area. This approach is most consistent with the policies of the current Core Strategy (R1) and the emerging Local Plan part 2.  It will be up to Hackleton Parish/ NHP steering Group to determine how they would like to accommodate this e.g. in one village, all villages, single sites/ multiple sites etc.

As discussed, we would not support your ‘local needs’ being allocated adjoining Northampton and it should be accommodated within/adjoining the village(s).

Site Identification/assessment:

I recommend assessing all sites that have been promoted to SNC through the ‘Call for Sites’ process. I have a map of these I will print/provide for you. There is guidance on how to undertake an assessment in the Neighbourhood Planning Guide (the final version will be taken before members in March). In addition, you could consider including a question in the consultation that asks if there are other sites not known to SNC due to their size etc. This will give you a good basis from which to assess all sites and make your decision(s).

You can, of course include local criteria- but ensure all sites are assessed against this.

Green Wedges:

The Planning Portal defines green wedges as follows:  Green wedges comprise the open areas around and between parts of settlements, which maintain the distinction between the countryside and built up areas, prevent the coalescence (merging) of adjacent places and can also provide recreational opportunities.”

Green Wedges should, therefore should be distinct, and each one should perform a specific function. Green Wedges provide an additional layer of ‘restrictive’ planning policy so should be used sparingly to ensure that the approach is consistent with the NPPF and the strategic policies of the Local Plan. I would generally be comfortable with green wedges between settlements e.g. Hackleton and Horton; Hackleton/ Piddington, where there is a clear rationale and basis to keep these settlements separate. It would be helpful if the group could consider their preference/ criteria for identifying green wedges and share this with SNC. In drawing up criteria, it would be helpful to consider boundaries based on permanent features- hedges, roads etc and draw on the Landscape Work prepared for the Part 2 Local Plan and the ‘landscape sensitivity’ assessment carried out to support the Core Strategy (this included Hackleton Parish).

With regard to a wedge between the Preston Deanery and Northampton we would need to consider this carefully as there is quite a distance between the village and NRDA boundary. The hamlet is also open countryside and thus any development proposal is going to need to meet some very rigorous policy tests. It is also worth bearing in mind that any significant development would be a strategic matter for the review of a Core Strategy and so we could also find ourselves in difficult territory trying to address this in the NH Plan. I’m sure this is something we will come back to!

Local Green Spaces:

There is guidance in the NPPF (para 77) and also the Local Green Space form ( for the methodology. I tend to find it easier to consider spaces as ‘publically accessible’ or of ‘community value’ e.g. a publically accessible ‘wood’- it may be in private ownership (e.g. the cricket field), but serves an important function to the community. There is a helpful flow chart on page 6 that shows how the spaces can be designated.

Future meetings:

As indicated, I think it is helpful for you to have discussions as a group without me present- particularly where you want to debate something openly! However,  I am here to help and I’m more than happy to come to meetings where task/details of approaches are being finalised, or if there is a particular issue that we need to work through.  Do keep in touch- either via email or telephone.

Eleanor Gingell
Neighbourhood Planning Officer
Place and Growth Directorate
South Northamptonshire and Cherwell Council


Piddington Views and Groupings v 1.0

A Neighbourhood Plan may consider:

Views which form a significant part of the character and setting of a Village can be considered as part of the Neighbourhood Plan. Their preservation can then be considered as part of the review of planning applications.

Building Groupings may create areas with particular characteristics which sensitive development would seek to complement.

As part of this work Maz Woolley and Vanessa Thomas met  in February 2017 to discuss key views round Piddington. Maz Woolley then took some photographs to put together two documents:

Key Views around Piddington – click on link below to see PDF document:

Views Document compressed v2 2018_2_4

Building Groupings in Piddington – click on the link below to see PDF document:

Village Settings


Horton Views v1.0

A Neighbourhood Plan may consider:

Views which form a significant part of the character and setting of a Village can be considered as part of the Neighbourhood Plan. Their preservation can then be considered as part of the review of planning applications.

Building Groupings may create areas with particular characteristics which sensitive development would seek to complement.

As part of this work Roy Hawkesworth took some initial views in February 2017 of Horton which can be seen in the PDF file which may be opened by clicking on the link below:

Horton Views

Review of Open Spaces v1.0

Completed by  Cllr Billingham

February 2017

An investigation was completed by Cllr Billingham into local green spaces which need to be defined as part of the Neighbourhood plan, and which would be accorded some protection as they are important to the local community. There are strict rules concerning what type of space is eligible to be defined as a local green space and these have been applied in the creation of this list.

Click on the link below to open the document for reading.


Businesses in Parish v2.0

This investigation was carried out to start to develop lists of Businesses which are needed to provide evidence about the local area for the Neighbourhood Plan.

This is version 2.0. It was completed by Roy Hawkesford, 12th February 2018 and will be further developed as more information becomes available.




There are four types of businesses in the parish:

Open to the public

These include the following:

  • The White Hart, Hackleton, public house
  • The Spread Eagle, Piddington, public house
  • The New French Partridge, Horton, restaurant / hotel
  • Hackleton Stores, including Post Office
  • Sansome’s Butchers, Hackleton,
  • Horton Car Care, motor vehicle servicing and repairs, Station Farm, Horton
  • Dan’s Motors, motor vehicle servicing and repairs, Station Farm, Horton

These offer a small amount of employment opportunities, mostly for the proprietors and part-time workers.


These are situated in two locations:

  • Grange Park, Preston Deanery
  • Station Farm, Horton

According to Endole Suite, there are 24 active businesses listed in NN7 2DT; these are units in Deanery Court, Grange Farm, Preston Deanery.

There are six or more businesses at Station Farm, Horton, including a CNC machine shop, a locksmith and the above mentioned motor vehicle workshops.


There are many businesses working from addresses in the parish, providing many relevant services: building and construction, landscaping, gardening and tree surgery; plumbers, carpenters, electricians, plasterers, roofers and tillers; IT services and support and media consultants; beauty therapist, podiatrists ; accountants, solicitors and legal services.

Other businesses

Additionally, there are businesses outside the village confines that relate to agriculture, arboriculture and equine activities and pet care.

Working from home

There are many people who work from home. A quick trawl through post codes on the internet reveals many people who have businesses of various sorts and sizes, in addition to the ones listed above.

Many people work from home for businesses outside the parish.


All of these businesses and people are dependent on telephone, the internet and highways. Although broadband speeds have improved in the past year, they are still slow – and even very poor – in parts of the parish. This is something that has to be addressed as a priority for all forms of business and the community.

While the B526, the main road through the parish, is in reasonable condition, it requires frequent repairs to keep the traffic moving. The Brafield Road which connects Horton and Brafield is heavily used at peak times, but is in reasonable condition despite requiring periodic repairs. The Denton Road is another road that is busy at peak times. This road is important because it connects the parish community to Denton Surgery, frequented by the majority of people in the parish. This road is too narrow and is in very poor condition, especially at the edges, and is not safe for the many cyclists who use it.

Meeting Agenda for 26/2/2018

The next Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meeting is to take place on Monday February 26th and will include working with our retained consultant Micheal Wellock.



NPSG Meeting Agenda
Monday 26th February 2018 at 7pm
in the Liz Harrison Room,  Hackleton Village Hall

  • To receive minutes of the last meeting, 22nd January 2018
  • To receive Draft 3 of the NP
  • Housing needs survey
  • Consultation and engagement (and time line/grid)
  • Green wedges and open spaces.
  • To receive an update on the website (using base maps and confines maps)
  • Decision on which of the current “papers” are to be posted on the web site
  • Date(s) and time(s) of next meeting(s)

Archaeology – Map of Sites

This map is based on one drawn by Roy Friendship-Taylor one of the Directors of the local museum for the Steering Group.

Key to the areas marked on the map

A – Alcot – Deserted Medieval Village (DMV)
B – Preston Deanery  – (DMV) or Shrunken Village
C – Quinton l/A – Roman
D- Quinton – Medieval Moated Manor
E – Hackleton – Roman (find of c.2,000 coins)
F – Piddington Roman Site
G – Horton – Early Manor House Site
H – Piddington – Site of Salcey Forest Railway Station
I – Preston Deanery – Deer Park Boundary
J – Piddington – The Roman Villa
K – The Roman Villa Museum (Former Wesleyan Chapel)
L – Roman Fortress of approx 50 acres (of national significance)
M – 1914-18 Rifle Butt Practice Range

Please double click map to see at a larger size.



Steering Group Meeting 26/2/2018

This is just to confirm that our next steering group meeting with Michael Wellock will take place on Monday 26th February at 7pm in the Liz Harrison Room at the Village Hall.

Our Chairman Roy has sent his apologies and a few others will be away as well so Cllr Tom Peterkin will chair the meeting.


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