Go to the new North Northamptonshire Council website

Neighbourhood Planning

South West Kettering Neighbourhood Plan Area

Regulation 16 - Publishing the Plan Proposal

The Council formally received the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Plan proposal on 7 January 2022.  Links to the documents forming the Plan proposal can be found below.  In accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the Council is now publishing the Plan proposal for a period of six weeks.  Representations are invited from 13 January 2022 until 11.59pm on 23 February 2022.

Representations should address whether or not the Plan proposal meets the basic conditions and/or other matters that the independent examiner is required to consider under paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).  Representations may also address whether the referendum area should be extended beyond the neighbourhood area.

It is the responsibility of North Northamptonshire Council to collate any representations made on the submission documents and forward them to the independent examiner.  The examiner, in turn, will examine the Plan proposal and any supporting documentation, including any representations made, and assess whether the proposal is in accordance with the legal requirements and can therefore proceed to a referendum.

Representations can be made to:

Hard copies of the Plan proposal and supporting documents are available for public inspection at Kettering Library, Sheep Street, Kettering, NN16 0AY.  Opening times vary, please visit Library Plus Countywide Services website for details.

If you make a representation and would like to be notified of the Council's decision following the examiners recommendations, please make a formal request for this in your representation.

For information about how consulation and engagement responses are managed, please see the consultation and engagement privacy notice.


Submission of the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Plan Proposal

Kettering Town Council (KTC) formally submitted the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Plan Proposal to North Northamptonshire Council.  In accordance with Regulation 15 of the (Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the submission includes the following documents:

Plan Proposal

Supporting Documents

The Council wrote to Kettering Town Council on 11 January 2022 to confirm receipt of the Plan proposal and advise that it complies with all of the relevant statutory requirements.  The Plan proposal can therefore be publicised for a period of six weeks before proceeding to an independent examination.  An update will be provided to this posting once dates have been agreed for the official six week period.


Kettering Town Council become qualifying body for plan preparation

The South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Forum have been preparing a neighbourhood plan for the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Area with the support and input of the local community since 2015 (see below for further details).

On 1 April 2021 a new Town Council was created for Kettering as a result of the Local Government Reform which took place across Northamptonshire.  In accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) (61F 8(a)) the designation of a neighbourhood forum ceases to exist if a new parish [or town] council is created and the neighbourhood area forms part of the parish council's area.

Kettering Town Council is now the qualifying body for the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Plan.  The Town Council is working with founding members of the former South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Forum to prepare the neighbourhood plan for submission to North Northamptonshire Council in due course.


Re-designation of the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Forum

At the Executive Committee of Kettering Borough Council on 14 October 2015 Members voted to designate the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Area and South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Forum for the purposes of preparing the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Plan.

Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) the designation of a Neighbourhood Forum ceases to have effect after 5 years to the day on which it was designated.  Therefore, the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Forum submitted an application for the re-designation of the Forum to continue preparing the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Plan.

Consultation on the application took place from 11 August 2020 until 22 September 2020.  No representations were received.

At the Executive Committee of Kettering Borough Council on 14 October 2020 Members voted unanimously to the Forum’s re-designation.

View the:

In accordance with Part 3 (Regulation 10) of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the following information was published on this website with respect to the designation and re-designation of the Neighbourhood Forum between 15 October 2015 and 5 January 2022

  • the name of the neighbourhood forum;
  • a copy of the written constitution of the neighbourhood forum;
  • the name of the neighbourhood area to which the designation relates; and
  • contact details for one member of the neighbourhood forum

This information was removed in recognition that Kettering Town Council is now the qualifying body for the preparation of the South West Kettering Neighbourhood Plan.  Therefore, Regulation 10 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) no longer applies and the information set out above is no longer required for publication.


Regulation 14 Consultation

Neighbourhood planning regulations (Regulation 14) require a draft neighbourhood plan proposal to be the subject of a pre-submission consultation before it is submitted to the local authority for independent examination. The consultation should last at least 6 weeks.

The Regulation 14 consultation took place on the Pre-submission Draft of the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Plan (2019 – 2031) from 16 December until 19 February 2020.  Hard copies of the Plan were made available for inspection at Kettering Library and Kettering Borough Council Offices.  Drop in sessions were held at St Michaels' Church on 14 January 2020 and 19 January 2020.


Designation of the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum

Consultation on applications for the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Area and South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Forum took place from 16 July 2015 until 1 September 2015.

At the Executive Committee of Kettering Borough Council on 14 October 2015 Members voted to designate the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Area and South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Forum for the purposes of preparing the South West Kettering (Headlands Community) Neighbourhood Plan.

View the:


Additional links: