Managing growth

New housing developments in Northamptonshire have an impact on existing county council services. This could be in the form of increased traffic on our roads, or additional pupils to attend schools.

Planning obligations in Northamptonshire

In order for county council services to continue to run effectively, it is often necessary for developers to contribute towards county council infrastructure. This could be in the form of money, or physical works.

Planning obligations is the mechanism through which developers of land contribute towards the provision of facilities and infrastructure, which support the growth of Northamptonshire. These planning obligations are secured in a document known as a Section 106 agreement.

Policy document for planning obligations and Section 106 in Northamptonshire

This document provides clear guidance on the county council's approach and ensures that new developments play a fair role in delivering the infrastructure and services required to facilitate and support new communities.

The purpose of the document is:

  • to demonstrate the county council's approach to developer contributions across our service areas
  • to guide discussions on current and future development proposals and their service requirements
  • to underline the county council's determination to secure certainty and confidence for public sector partners, landowners and developers by addressing these matters in a strategic, corporate and clear way
  • to provide an adopted policy to inform the ongoing work on developing planning obligation policy in Northamptonshire and to provide an evidence-based, thorough approach to developer contributions
  • to inform emerging policy regarding the proposed move away from the current system of planning obligations towards a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The document was formally adopted as a county council policy by Cabinet in January 2015.

The following explanatory notes explain the status of the document as county council policy and provides clarity on how the document will be applied:

To accompany the document, we completed a 2014 Pupil Generation Forecast survey, which acts as an evidence base when calculating how many school children a development is likely to generate:

Developer contributions annual report

The county council's Development Management Service produces an annual report on developer contributions and Section 106 on behalf of education, libraries, and fire and rescue. These reports enable the county council to be open and transparent with the works undertaken and funds secured through the development process:

This section will be updated regularly to include all forthcoming annual reports once they are finalised.

Travel plan guidance

We expect developments (both commercial and residential) to produce travel plans as part of the planning process in Northamptonshire. This is in order to achieve transport modal shift targets in the county.

The following templates set out the desired structure and content of travel plans expected for agreement and approval by the county council.

The templates follow the advice contained in the Department for Transport guidelines document below and act as a definitive guide to the expectations of the county council:

DfT Smart parking bid

We submitted a bid for funding to the DfT through the Funding for Innovation: Cooperative Intelligent Transport competition. The aim of the bid is to secure funding for an innovative Smart Parking scheme on a corridor in Northampton. Details of the bid, submitted on 30th September 2016, can be found below:   

For more information relating to this bid please contact Ben Hunter:

 bhunter@northamptonshire.gov.uk

A Smart move for Northamptonshire

More work needs to be done to exploit the potential of new technologies in terms of making better use of network capacity and enabling smart choices by all users to reduce the negative impacts of travel.

This is exactly what we are doing in Northamptonshire through the development of the Smart Commuter concept. The success of this concept is critical to enabling the ambitious growth targets for Northamptonshire to be achieved.

The Smart Corridors initiative is pivotal to this broader concept. It will bring together a number of technology-based solutions, including journey time sensors, pollution detectors, real-time messaging and alerts, and automatic fault detection, in a comprehensive and integrated way in a series of demonstration corridors in Northampton.

Work is starting soon on the first of these corridors and will be completed by July 2017. Updates to follow.

For further information please contact

bigidea@northamptonshire.gov.uk

oneTRANSPORT

Northamptonshire County Council is a partner of oneTRANSPORT. This is a collaborative research and development initiative, part funded by INNOVATE UK. OneTRANSPORT extends the smart city concept to enable local authorities and transport operators to enhance transportation services using a combination of data sharing and an innovative business model, thereby unlocking new opportunities and under-utilised data.

We are also leading the work on a major events use case. This focuses on Silverstone Circuit as an exemplar to show how bringing data together in the oneTRANSPORT platform can enable new solutions to be developed which benefit visitors to the Circuit, the local economy, and people using the surrounding local and strategic routes on busy race days.

For more information visit the oneTRANSPORT website.

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