Time to have your say on Wellingborough’s new local plan

Wellingborough town centre
Wellingborough town centre

People are being invited to have their say on a council’s new local plan.

Wellingborough Council is reviewing its local plan which will help guide decisions on planning applications across the borough.

It sets out how and where homes, jobs, green spaces, shops and infrastructure will be delivered up to 2031.

Consultation on the Emerging Draft Plan starts this week and runs until May 27.

For Wellingborough, the local plan will be made up of two separate documents: Part 1: The North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS); and Part 2: The Plan for the Borough of Wellingborough (PBW).

The JCS covers Wellingborough, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Corby and sets out the strategy for the whole area.

The PBW gives more details about specific sites for development within the town and surrounding villages of Wellingborough.

The PBW will replace the policies in the Town Centre Area Action Plan (2009) and the saved policies from The Borough of Wellingborough Local Plan (1999 and 2004).

The PBW Emerging Draft Plan and supporting documents can be viewed and commented on via the council’s website at www.wellingborough.gov.uk/emergingdraft.

Copies are also available at local libraries and at the council’s offices at Swanspool House and Tithe Barn.

Services committee chairman Cllr Jon-Paul Carr said: “This is an opportunity for people to get involved and help shape the future of their communities.

“It’s very important that people take the time to consider the plan and give us their feedback.”

To help people understand the plan, a number of events have been arranged.

These events will give people the opportunity to talk to the council’s planning policy team, view the plan, ask questions and give comments.

The events are being held at:

- Swansgate Shopping Centre, Wellingborough: 10am to 2pm on April 21

- Morrisons, Wellingborough: 1pm to 4pm on April 26

- Finedon Town Hall, Finedon: 2pm to 6pm on April 28

For more information contact the policy team on 01933 231903/1926 or email policyandregeneration@wellingborough.gov.uk.