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North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit

The North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit Experience

Andrew Longley


North Northants JPU

  • Context

  • What we do

  • Benefits

  • Challenges

  • Looking forward


Context

  • Small authorities - limited capacity

  • The Growth Agenda – threats & opportunities

  • Partnership of equals

  • Memorandum of Intent 2004


NNDC

Board

Joint

Committee

Decisions

Steer/filter

Technical

work

Chief

Executive

Steering

Group

Project

Delivery

Team

Joint Planning

Unit


What do we do?

  • Local Development Framework

  • Prepare Joint Core Strategy

  • Support & coordination

    • Input to district plans

    • Programme Officer

    • Joint Supplementary Planning Documents

Kettering

Wellingborough

Corby

East Northants


What do we do?

Sustainability Appraisal

Utilities

Urban structure

Joint technical work

Employment

Viability

Urban Extensions

Town centres

Evidence base

Water Cycle

Green Infrastructure

Infrastructure Planning

Housing

Transport modelling

Settlement roles

Energy Study


What do we do?

  • Development Implementation

  • Policy input on applications and appeals

  • Specialist advice on design & sustainability

  • Officer networks

  • Monitoring

  • Support & coordination

  • Joint Annual Monitoring Report


What do we do?

  • Design Action Programme

  • CABE & Arts Council support

  • Training programme & site visits

  • Specialist advice to planning authorities – design surgeries

  • Supporting place-shaping


Benefits

  • Better outcomes

  • A sound plan

  • Better developments

  • Increasing Capacity


Benefits

  • Cost savings

  • Process costs and joint procurement

    Rewards

  • Housing & Planning Delivery Grant

  • Resources from external partners e.g. NNDC, CABE, Arts Council


Benefits
Benefits

Attracting partners

  • Studies and partnerships focused on strategic barriers

    • Water Cycle Study

    • A14 Study

  • CABE support for Core Strategy review


Benefits1
Benefits

Recognition & influence

JPU used as good practice example

By Ministers, CLG, RTPI, CABE, National Reviews

East Midlands RTPI Award winner


Keeping it together when:

Budgets under pressure

RSS to be abolished

Growth Agenda not universally supported

Localism could encourage parochialism

Delivery arrangements changing

Challenges


Looking forward
Looking Forward

  • Financial pressures for joint service delivery

  • Duty to cooperate on plans

  • Role of Core Strategy in provide big picture for Localism

  • Continued support for JPU but the bar has been raised

  • Council’s expecting Core Strategy to do more


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