Parish Plan

Parish Plan

The Parish Plan was developed by a Parish Plan Steering Group in consultation with members of the Parish Council and a majority of residents of the village.

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Background to creating and updating the Parish Plan

Putting together a Parish Plan is an intensive exercise; the following takes you through the journey carried out over more than one year to create the Plan adopted in 2013:

Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan builds on the Parish Plan, and its recommendations. The most important of these was that Milton Malsor should remain a village separate from Northampton and nearby villages which 95% of 473 respondents deemed ‘very important’ or ‘important’.

Since then a West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan stated that Northampton town should not extend south of the M1 which the parish council sought. However, there are still concerns about the effects such as traffic by large scale housing developments in areas south of the town and nearby villages.

Under the Localism Act we have the opportunity to set out what residents have said they most want. The Neighbourhood Plan, approved at the council’s meeting on 10 December 2013, is incorporated by SNC in its next ‘local plan’ to safeguard residents’ interests for the next 15 years at least. The government made it clear that such a plan must allow for a reasonable increase in housing or it will not be accepted. Therefore, additional homes are proposed on a site at the edge of the village. At least 40% of these new homes will be ‘affordable’ and managed by a housing association. In 2015 a major house builder expressed interest in carrying out our proposed development and is in touch with the landowners. Provisional layouts have been provided for Parish Council approval.

Housing Needs Survey

The Parish Plan identified a need for affordable housing in the village. South Northamptonshire Council was commissioned by the Parish Council to undertake a detailed village housing needs survey in 2006. The SNC report giving details of the survey and its results is now available. The Parish Council is continuing to work with SNC to develop affordable housing in the village as soon as possible.