Future development plan for Gretton adopted after referendum

Residents had voted for it last month

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 4:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th June 2021, 4:20 pm
Gretton residents voted for the plan in a referendum
Gretton residents voted for the plan in a referendum

A plan which gave residents of a parish near Corby a say in how local land is developed has been formally adopted following a referendum.

North Northamptonshire Council agreed to ‘make’ the Gretton Neighbourhood Plan 2019-2031 at its executive committee meeting on Tuesday (June 22).

The plan will now become part of the statutory development plan for the area.

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Held during the local elections on May 6, the referendum question was: ‘Do you want North Northamptonshire Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Gretton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

The referendum result saw 540 residents vote ‘yes’ and 72 vote ‘no’.

A report to the committee stated: "The Gretton Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared by Gretton Parish Council through a neighbourhood plan steering group and is proposed to form part of the statutory development plan for the area.

"This means that its policies and proposals will be the starting point for decision makers when determining any planning application either partly or wholly within the neighbourhood area.

"The neighbourhood plan provides a clear understanding of the desires and aspirations of the people within the parish with regards to future development.

"This was confirmed when the plan was endorsed by a majority of voting residents on the day of the referendum, 6 May 2021.

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act 2011.

The first legal step towards the production of the Gretton Neighbourhood Plan was taken on November 2, 2016 when Corby Borough Council formally designated the entire parish of Gretton as the relevant ‘neighbourhood area’ to be covered by the policies of the plan.

Since then, a significant amount of work has been undertaken by the parish council and its representatives, aided by officers of the council, to ensure a plan is produced that is technically robust and reflects the wishes of the community.

Gretton is one of a number of parishes in the area to exercise the powers granted to communities by the act that enables them to produce neighbourhood plans.

Ecton Neighbourhood Plan for the village of Ecton was also formally adopted at the same meeting.

Sol Buckner, Local Democracy Reporting Service