What is the Councils Policy?
What is the North Northants Council Policy?
It was stated at the Town Council meeting on Thursday 8th November that the policy of North Northants Council (formerly Kettering Borough Council) is for Housing on the Lawrence’s site. This is not the case.
The policy of the council is clearly set out in the document – ‘Site Specific Part 2 Local Plan | North Northamptonshire Council – Kettering Area–
The full document(approved in December 2021) is available on line at – Site Specific Part 2 Local Plan | North Northamptonshire Council – Kettering Area
Desborough and Rothwell will all see population increases over the plan period, and it will be important to provide town centres which meet the needs of the growing population and address any existing shortfalls which have failed to keep up with historic growth.
Rothwell/ Desborough Medium Sized Food Store
Policy 12 of the JCS supports the provision of a medium sized food store to serve the Rothwell/ Desborough area. No potentially suitable sites have yet been identified. Potential sites would need to be assessed using a sequential test set out in the NPPF. The supermarket should be located in an accessible location that is well connected to the town centre of either Rothwell or Desborough.
Residential Development within Town Centres
The NPPF requires that planning policies should recognise that residential development often plays an important role in ensuring the vitality of centres and encourage residential development on appropriate sites. However, it is important to balance this against ensuring that town centre uses, such as retail, can be adequately provided for within town centres. It is important that main town centre uses are protected, particularly ground floor frontages. Proposals for residential development should seek to retain main town centre uses in ground floor level frontages and should not result in the loss of viable main town centre uses. It will be important.