Stop Roxhill

A protest march held in 2014 against an earlier application by Roxhill on the same land.

Who decides


Under the recently introduced planning process for 'major infrastructure projects (see below) the Developer must provide a Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate. This has been done and a link to the documents is at the bottom of this page.

The Planning Inspectorate are expecting the Developer to submit an application in the Autumn of 2017 after thorough consultation. At this stage details will appear on the Inspectorate's website.

The site falls within South Northants District Council and they will be preparing a Local Impact Report as it affects their authority and residents. Because much of the impact will also be on communities within Northampton Borough, it has now been confirmed that NBC will also prepare a Local Impact Report once  Roxhill has made its application to the Planning Inspectorate. It is important that between now and the application date local objections are made to Members of Parliament, NBC and SNC  direct and local Councillors. See Key Contacts page.

NBC has responded formally to the Planning Inspectorate on the initial Scoping Report and this can be seen on the link below:



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The Planning Process for 'Nationally Significant Infrastructure

Projects


The Planning Act 2008 process was introduced to streamline the decision making process for nationally significant infrastructure projects.The 2008 Act was amended by the Localism Act 2011, and the key stages in the process are:


Pre-application

The process begins when the Planning Inspectorate is informed by a developer that they intend to submit an application to us in the future. Before submitting an application, the developer is required to carry out extensive consultation on their proposals. The length of time taken to prepare and consult on the project will vary depending upon its scale and complexity. Responding to the developer’s pre-application consultation is the best time to influence a project, whether you agree with it, disagree with it or believe it could be improved.

Acceptance

The acceptance stage begins when a developer submits a formal application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate. There follows a period of up to 28 days (excluding the date of receipt of the application) for the Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of the Secretary of State, to decide whether or not the application meets the standards required to be formally accepted for examination.

Pre-examination

At this stage, the public will be able to register with the Planning Inspectorate and provide a summary of their views of the application in writing. At pre-examination stage, everyone who has registered and made a relevant representation will be invited to attend a preliminary meeting run and chaired by an Inspector. This stage of the process takes approximately 3 months from the developer’s formal notification and publicity of an accepted application.

Examination


The Planning Inspectorate has six months to carry out the examination. During this stage, people who have registered to have their say, are invited to provide more details of their views in writing. Careful consideration is given by the Examining Authority to all the important and relevant matters, including the representations of all interested parties, any evidence submitted and answers provided to questions set out in writing and explained at hearings.

Decision

The Planning Inspectorate must prepare a report on the application to the relevant Secretary of State, including a recommendation, within 3 months of the six month examination period. The Secretary of State then has a further 3 months to make the decision on whether to grant or refuse development consent.

Post decision

Once a decision has been issued by the Secretary of State, there is a six week period in which the decision may be challenged in the High Court. This process of legal challenge is known as Judicial Review.


The definition of a 'Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project' (NSIP)  is as follows:

" A project of a type and scale defined under the Planning Act 2008 and by order of the Secretary of State relating to energy, transport, water, waste water and waste generally. These projects require a single development consent.

Planning permission, listed building consent and scheduled monument consent amongst others are not required for Nationally Significant Infrastructure projects"


The first stage 'Scoping Report' prepared by the developer Roxhill has been published by the Planning Inspectorate and the link to the documents can be found here :

https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/east-midlands/northampton-gateway-rail-freight-interchange/?ipcsection=docs