Category Archives: The need for a plan

Key Messages

Key messages about what the Neighbourhood Plan development needs to explore.

1)Transport. To promote safe roads and streets such as traffic calming measures. Reduce traffic volume through more accessible and environmental friendly ways of getting around. For example, walking and/or cycle routes between all parts of the parish (Horton, Hackleton, Piddington, Preston Deanery, Wootton Fields East). More bus stops. Reduce the need to travel to work by enhancing the ‘digital infrastructure’ of the parish so that all residents have fast broadband and can choose from a variety of providers.

2) Improve the leisure, sports and recreation opportunities. Protecting and enhancing parks, green spaces and play areas for all ages. Enough children play areas and ‘kick about’ areas for the more older children. Encourage use of safe local walkways and bridleways. Protect existing assets such as the school, village hall and other community buildings and spaces used for community events.


3a) Villages. Villages to remain as recognisably separate places. Only infill developments within the villages which provide a mix of housing such as smaller homes for elderly residents wishing to downsize and affordable homes for young singles and young families. Each infill developments shouldn’t be more than 30 homes. 3b) Development in Wootton Fields East. The rural look and feel is maintained in these developments. Any future development must minimise the visual impact for Preston Deanery. 3c) General Development. All new developments are of high quality design which includes open green spaces and an appropriate level of parking for residential and business development. Development is designed so that it deters crime, including maximising opportunities for natural surveillance of public places. All new developments must incorporate a landscaping scheme such as having trees on grass verges.

4) Character. Keep the rural nature of the parish. Protect and improve the local bio-diversity. Protect wild life habitats. Safeguard agricultural land sustain and strengthen our rural economy. Protect ancient woodland at Salcy Forest. Respecting and preserving our heritage assets and their settings.

5) Employment and Community. Protecting our local businesses and these sites/premises should stay commercial. Support local businesses and community groups and assets. Allow small scale change of use of buildings to promote home working, small business and social enterprise groups. A cycle route / walk way to Brackmills Industrial Estate.

 Sustaining the largely rural character of the parish and our historical and countryside resources
 Connecting the parish by a network of safe non-vehicular routes  Modest appropriate growth within village confines sensitively designed for location, setting, and the needs of the parishes inhabitants
 Managing the impact of the motor vehicle on the parish as well as gearing up for new types of transport in the future
 Gearing up for new ways of working/living and changing demographics
 Identifying how many parishioners we have and their age profiles.
 Communication
 Traffic – Inconsiderate parking, around the school, shop and especially on verges, ruining the look of Hackleton Main Road
 Identifying just how many houses we are required to have and identifying and discussing with those land owners who are keen to sell to developers
 To preserve villages / hamlet as separate entities from each other and neighbours eg Northampton
 Preserve, enhance and develop services;- education, health, employment, leisure & retail Manage growth of housing to include starter & retirement/sheltered.
 Protect and enhance the natural environment through development of a wildlife corridor (following Wootton Brook through Hackleton/Piddington boundary) and develop with cycleway to Hardingstone/Wootton/Caroline Chisholm i.e. linking newer part of built parish with older and enhancing health of residents/improving safety for cyclists and reducing traffic/pollution on B526.
 Identify, preserve and enhance historical landscapes & buildings

Why have a Neighbourhood plan?




The Localism Act of 2011 meant that power to make decisions on housing would be devolved so that local communities have a say in their own future.

This meant that Parish Councils (and even smaller groups, in theory) could shape the way they saw their community developing, by conserving the best of what they have and looking forward to the needs of future generations.

The most effective form of devolution is the Neighbourhood Plan. This gives a Parish Council status in law and places it as a partner with its District Council and the government in making decisions about the important issue of housing.

Housing needs are a key feature of Neighbourhood Plans: what kind of homes and how many of them are needed to sustain the community and provide opportunities for young people and the elderly alike.

In consultation with the District Council, the Parish Council can also say where the new homes will be. This can be contentious, but there is no disputing the need for affordable homes in parishes like ours.
Developers and speculators are not as keen to build affordable homes as they are luxury houses. The legal force of a Neighbourhood Plan will give us strength in the challenges that lie ahead.

The infrastructure is also a key part of a Neighbourhood Plan: roads and transport, amenities, heritage and conservation, leisure, recreation and wellbeing, and so on. All will be considered in the formation of the Plan.

Four years ago, this parish did a lot of work for inclusion in South Northants Council’s Local Plan. The data that was produced by us still forms the basis of the data on Hackleton Parish in the Draft Local Plan 2(a). If you would like to view this, send an email to Roy Hawkesford,, and he will send you the links.

A decision was taken at the time not to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan which, in many ways, was an opportunity missed, as it would probably have been in place by now.
Nevertheless the Parish Council started the process in April and we now have status as a designated Neighbourhood Area. This area covers the entire parish council boundary and includes Hackleton, Piddington, Horton, Preston Deanery and St George’s Fields (aka, Woootton Fields).

SNC has already agreed to a further 525 houses on Hampton Green (the fictitious golf course, opposite St George’s Fields), of which 300 will be in our parish. The housing that borders on Wootton, therefore, will form a significant part of our Parish.

Roy is chairing the Steering Group that has been established, with members of the Parish Council and the community, from all parts of the parish. We have appointed a very experienced
consultant, Michael Wellock, to drive the process of formulating the Plan. He will help us through what will be a lengthy and demanding process, around two years – if all goes well. SNC have just appointed a very experienced Neighbourhood Planning Officer who will also be supporting and informing the work of the Steering Group.

There will be ample opportunities for you and all parishioners to be involved in the process and to have your voices heard. At the end of the process there will be a referendum. If we get more than
50% in favour, of all of those who voted, the Plan is deemed to be ‘made’.

There will be some contentious issues, mainly around housing – how many, what type, and where will they be built. The parish council is not regressive; it recognises the need for more, appropriate
homes, to keep the villages alive. Sustainability is the key word nowadays, but we wish to conserve the character of our villages, the
landscape, our heritage and history, while at the same time providing opportunities for the young to grow and live here.

We are blessed with a wonderful environment in Hackleton Parish. The Neighbourhood Plan will provide the best means for us, the people who live here, to keep it so, for ourselves and for future

Roy Hawkesford,
Chairman, Hackleton Parish Council
15th November 2017

Meeting 18/4/2017 – Parish under Threat

Parish under threat!

The recorded results of a meeting in April 2017 to discuss the need for a neighbourhood plan

On Tuesday 18th April, a meeting took place at the Village Hall, Hackleton, to discuss the need for a Neighbourhood Plan. A Neighbourhood Plan is seen as the most effective way to stave off hostile developments that might threaten the villages and the countryside; it is seen also as a way of involving the whole community to decide on the future the parish. The twenty-five people who attended voted unanimously to proceed. This will now be put to the full Parish Council meeting on May 2nd for approval. If agreed, the process will start and will take about three years to complete.