Daventry District is a predominantly rural local authority with an extensive locally designated Special Landscape Area (SLA). However the landscape resource is under pressure as the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy plans for 12,730 new homes by 2029, along with employment land to accommodate new jobs. To help the Council prepare its Local Plan (Part 2) and to inform the evidence base, TEP was commissioned to carry out a variety of landscape studies at different spatial scales.
At the district scale, TEP updated the published landscape character assessment, reviewed the special landscape area designation and considered the merits of a nationally designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for part of the district. TEP refreshed the green wedge policies for the fringe areas of Daventry and the northern edge of Northampton.
TEP also undertook landscape capacity assessments for potential development sites to the perimeter of Daventry. The site assessments were followed up with more detailed masterplanning workshops with site promoters and developers. The workshops were facilitated by OPUN (Design East Midlands) and TEP representatives including our Associate Tim Johns supported the Council with their landscape and masterplanning skills.
To help future proof Daventry’s landscape resource, TEP prepared a toolkit to assist individuals, organisations and Council officers assess the landscape capacity of potential sites for development. The toolkit provides a framework for making decisions relating to specific proposals and to identify landscape sensitivity to proposed change.
The Council has recently concluded public consultation on the ‘Emerging Draft Consultation’ Local Plan Part 2 and is reviewing representations received. The pre-submission Local Plan Part 2 will go out to consultation during the early autumn of 2018 and it is expected that it will be submitted for examination during Spring 2019.