Development for Northampton but not in Northampton

Outline permission for 41 houses was allowed in Daventry district despite its having a five-year housing land supply, an inspector reasoning that the development would serve the needs of Northampton (DCS Number 200-004-355).

The site was located immediately adjacent to the urban area of Northampton. The joint core strategy stated that Northampton’s needs could not be met within the borough boundary of Northampton and so adjoining areas in the districts of Daventry and South Northamptonshire had been allocated as sustainable urban extensions. These were included within the Northampton Related Development Area (NRDA) boundary. Although the site was not within the NRDA boundary it directly adjoined it. Daventry council stated that development outside the NRDA boundary was not required because all of Northampton’s needs would be met within the NRDA boundary. The inspector pointed out, however, that Northampton borough council was not able to demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites within the NRDA, but had a shortfall of 223 dwellings. She concluded that the proposal would constitute development for the NRDA, if not in the NRDA.

And if Daventry wasn’t already feeling a bit cross the following from the inspector would surely see to it. Daventry argued that if the housing was to be provided to meet Daventry’s needs then the provision of affordable housing should be 40 per cent rather than 35 per cent which reflected Northampton borough council’s policy. The inspector decided, however, that as she had concluded that the proposal would constitute development for Northampton the provision of 35 per cent affordable housing on site would be sufficient.

The following DCP chapter is relevant: 7.13

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