Rushden Town Council

DLP Planning Ltd and its sister company Community Resource Planning Ltd have successfully supported the local community in delivering a Neighbourhood Plan which was commended by the Examiner as  being a ‘clear and concise, locally distinct [and) coherent policy document’

Rushden is identified in the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy as a ‘Growth Town’ and is required to deliver some 3,285 dwellings by 2031. A key feature of the plan is to allocate sites for housing, but also set out policies to help safeguard and enhance the future of the market town.

Instructed by Rushden Town Council, DLP was involved in all aspects of the plan making process. This included evidence gathering, SEA screening, undertaking a ‘Call for Sites’ and targeted land searches with recommendations on potential allocations and drafting the plan, supporting documents and proposals map. DLP were also closely involved with the Public Exhibition, analysing the responses received and preparing a Consultation Statement and ‘Basic Conditions Statement’ to show how the plan meets the tests of national policy.

Throughout the process DLP worked closely with the Town Council maintaining regular contact with Members and the Planning Group to offer advice on legislative requirements and the practical application of policy.

The Neighbourhood Plan has now been ‘made’ following a Referendum in which 85% of the votes cast were in favour.

John HelyarRushden Town Council