Chairman’s Report to the Parish Council

Please note that this recommendation was discussed by a full Parish Council meeting on 19th November 2019 and the council has formally approved the recommendation by the Neighbourhood Plan Committee.

Report from Hackleton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

In the light of the planning permission recently granted to Larkfleet Homes to build 21 houses at Lyne Walk, and comments by South Northants Council, the Neighbourhood Plan Committee believes that the allocation of a site to build housing in the Neighbourhood Plan should be withdrawn.

I believe the case we have made is irrefutable, in the light of the changes to planning guidelines (NPPF) and the decision to approve the Lyne Walk development. Given that SNC is adamant that it has a 7.54-year land supply, they see no need for excessive development in the countryside. They were partly opposed to the Lyne Walk development on these grounds, so to double the allocation of housing in Hackleton would not be acceptable at the present time. 

We can include in the Plan the possibility of allocating a site in the future, subject to need and in accordance with a subsequent housing needs survey conducted in conjunction with the Housing Officer. This could be reviewed when the Plan comes up for review in three years’ time.

Following comments, in particular from SNC, we are making some amendments to the Draft Plan, but most of these are to do with clarification and providing further evidence; they are not things that necessarily require the approval of the Council at this time. I have requested a meeting with Jennie Johnson at SNC to talk through these amendments and the nature of the extra evidence required.

I should point out that SNC, in their response, seemed impressed with the Draft Plan: “The Council appreciates the amount of work that the Neighbourhood Plan Group have put into the draft Neighbourhood Plan, and just has the following comments in order to ensure consistency with national and local policy.”  Those comments are not insurmountable and, by removing the site, the task for the steering group is made much simpler.

While Housing/Oak Way was inevitably the main focus for most who attended the two consultation events in the Village Hall Annexe, the overwhelming response was favourable to the Plan as a whole. The only appropriate negative comments received were in respect of the allocated site, which was only to be expected.

Finally, we will continue with our work on the draft Plan once Parish Council approval for the site to be withdrawn has been given.

Roy Hawkesford

Chairman Hackleton Parish Neighbourhood Plan Committee.