Lilbourne Village Meeting Invite – Neighbourhood Development Plan Sunday 28th April 2024 2.30pm


The Parish Council has committed to adopting a Neighbourhood Development plan.

You are all invited to a meeting in the Village Hall on 28th April 2024 at 2.30pm refreshments will be provided.

What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?

Developing a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) will help us play a greater role in shaping our future in Lilbourne.  It will bring together local residents, businesses, local groups and landowners to set out a positive vision for how we want our community to develop over the next ten, fifteen, twenty years in ways that meets identified local needs and makes sense for local people.

Neighbourhood planning has been introduced to help communities shape the way their local area is developed.

What are the benefits of having an NDP.

Through a Neighbourhood Development Plan, communities can choose where they want new homes, shops, offices to be built, and which areas to protect from development. People can have their say on what new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided. They can determine the type and size of any new housing, protect environmental areas from inappropriate development and safeguard locally important buildings and facilities.

NDPs are statutory documents that have the same power as Daventry’s Local Plan, and it will be the document that is used by West Northants Council to determine planning applications in the Parish, to make sure that development meets a local need.

How much will the NDP cost?

Grant funding is available to cover all the costs involved in producing this plan.

to find out more about this very important plan.  The Parish council will be on hand together with Gary Kirk from YourLocale, a Northamptonshire based neighbourhood plan consultancy that has helped over 75 parishes such as ours across the East Midlands complete a Neighbourhood Plan. Gary will help us put together the Plan and will tell us what’s involved and answer any questions.

We need local residents, businesses and landowners to come forward alongside members of the parish council to form an Advisory Committee to help Gary and his team make this plan work for us.

The more the local community put into this plan, the more we will all benefit from it.

West Northamptonshire Local Plan Regulation 18 Draft Consultation April 2024

Regulation 18 Draft Consultation – April 2024

Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 Regulation 18. 


West Northamptonshire Council has prepared its new Local Plan, Regulation 18 Draft, which it proposes to consult upon for a period of eight weeks.


The Local Plan, Regulation 18 Draft (2024) and supporting documents are being made available for public inspection at locations across West Northamptonshire, providing people with the opportunity to make representations for consideration as the plan progresses to its next stage.


Full details of the consultation can be found here.


The eight-week period of public consultation will commence Monday 08 April 2024 and run to 23:59 to Sunday 02 June 2024. Representations received after this time will not be accepted.


This notice outlines the documents which are available for inspection, their subject matter and the locations where they can be inspected. It also provides information regarding the process of submitting representations.


The Local Plan Regulation 18 Draft (2024) and Supporting Documents 


The following documents will be made available by West Northamptonshire Council for Inspection:


  • West Northamptonshire Local Plan Regulation 18 Draft (2024)
  • Policies Map (2024)
  • Sustainability Appraisal (2024)
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment (2024)
  • Statement of Consultation (Regulation 18 Statement) (2024)
  • Evidence Base Studies, and
  • Background Papers



These documents will be available online and at the locations listed below. Other supporting documents are also available via the Council’s website.


The West Northamptonshire Local Plan Regulation 18 Draft (2024) outlines a spatial vision and objectives for the sustainable development of West Northamptonshire covering the period 2023 to 2041. It allocates housing and employment development sites and contains policies against which planning applications will be considered. When adopted, the Local Plan will replace the replace the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy and the Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire Local Plans.

The Policies Map accompanying the plan sets out the areas to which specific local plan policies and land designations apply.


The Statement of Consultation sets out a summary of comments received at previous consultations, and how these have been taken into account during preparation of the Local Plan. The Sustainability Appraisal weighs up the social, environmental and economic effects of the Local Plan. In addition to this a broad range of supporting documents have been produced to provide an evidence base informing the Local Plan including the Habitat Regulations Assessment.


Location and Times at which the Documents are Available for Inspection 


All consultation documents as set out above will be available for inspection online on West Northamptonshire Council’s website.

Paper copies of the plan, policies map, Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment will also be available for inspection during opening times at the following Council Offices:


The Guildhall, St Giles’ Street,  Northampton, NN1 1DE

The Abbey Centre, St Johns Square, Daventry, NN11 4XG

The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD


In addition, copies will also be available in all of the libraries within West Northamptonshire (opening times are available on the website)


If you require any further information, please contact the Planning Policy team at:


West Northamptonshire Council

The Guildhall St Giles’ Street







Help shape West Northamptonshire’s approach to manage flood risk across the area

Help shape West Northamptonshire’s approach to manage flood risk across the area

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) lead in managing local flood risks, this includes risks of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary (smaller) watercourses.

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, WNC is required to develop, apply, and monitor a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy which sets out how it intends to manage floods and the effect of flooding on our area. The Strategy will focus on local flood risk from surface water, groundwater, and watercourses including rivers, streams and brooks, culverts and ditches and sets out the way the Council manage flood risks for the next six years.

People across West Northamptonshire are being invited to share their views during this non-statutory consultation which will help shape the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy during the early stages of its development.
This is a consultation on the draft strategic objectives for the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.


It is open for people to share their views from Monday 8 April to Sunday 16 June. To view the draft strategic objectives and provide your feedback visit:

Cllr Pinder Chauhan, Assistant Cabinet Member for Flooding at WNC, said: “Flood risk is changing as changes in our climate contribute towards increased rainfall. In addition, pressures such as population growth and new development across the area means we must adapt to future flood risks. Planning to manage flood risk is more important than ever and the Strategy seeks to consider local issues, including environmental and planning challenges to ensure we’re able to strategically manage flood risk across the area.

“In order for us to shape the Strategy we would like to understand the public’s main issues and concerns in relation to flooding across West Northamptonshire to ensure we are focusing on the right themes to manage flood risk in the future. I would also encourage everyone to review the draft strategic objectives and have their say as part of the consultation.”

WNC’s current Northamptonshire Strategy requires updating as a result of environmental and governmental changes, in addition to West Northamptonshire Council now operating as a unitary body. The feedback collated from the consultation will help to shape the Strategy during the early stages of its development. A statutory public consultation will take place once the draft Strategy has been developed, which will give you another opportunity to have your say. The Strategy will then be presented to cabinet for consideration and adoption.

Candidates have been announced today for the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election due to take place in Northamptonshire next month.

Candidates have been announced today for the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election due to take place in Northamptonshire next month.
Candidates have been announced today for the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election due to take place in Northamptonshire next month.
On Thursday, 2 May voters across Northamptonshire will go to the polls to elect their Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

The Council has today published a Statement of Persons Nominated listing all individuals who will be standing for the election.

They are:
Martyn Emberson – Conservative and Unionist Party
Ana Gunn – Liberal Democrats
Danielle Stone – Labour and Co-operative Party

The Police Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) is elected to oversee local policing and fire and rescue services, manage the police & fire and rescue budget, set council tax rates for policing, and ensure transparent communication about police activities in the community. They will also make key appointments of the Chief Constable and the Chief Fire Officer for the Northamptonshire area.

Anyone who is not yet registered to vote should do so by Tuesday, 16 April in order to take part in this election. You can register to vote on the website.
People can apply for postal votes by 5pm on Wednesday17 April (this deadline is for NEW applications to vote by post or postal-proxy and those making changes to or cancelling their postal or postal-proxy votes) and those wishing to vote by proxy (when someone votes on your behalf) can also do this in advance of the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday, 24 April (not for postal-proxy or emergency proxy applications).

Students have the option of registering at both their home and term-time addresses, and if they are in different local authority areas, they can vote in both locations for this election.

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to produce acceptable photographic identification when voting in person at a polling station. This new requirement will apply to this election.

Voters intending to vote in person are urged to ensure they have one of the acceptable forms of photo ID prior to attending their polling station. Residents without an acceptable form of ID have until 5pm on Wednesday, 24 April to apply for their Voter ID.

For more information and to view the timetable of the election visit our website



Notice of Casual Vacancy 29th February 2024

Notice of Casual Vacancy 29th February 2024


The Parish Council has two Notices of Casual Vacancy as of 29th February 2024.