Ecton Village

Neighbourhood Plan



Ecton Neighbourhood Plan


A Neighbourhood Plan enables a local community to have a greater say about the use and development of land and buildings in their area. If a plan is prepared and agreed by the community in a referendum it will become part of the development plan for the area and will be used in the determination of planning applications.

The Ecton Neighbourhood Plan (the Plan) will provide a shared vision of our neighbourhood together with a number of objectives and planning policies to help realise the vision. It will cover a 15 year period (2016-2031).

Preparation of the Plan is the responsibility of the Parish Council. In 2012 it set up a Steering Group composed of members of the Parish Council and the community to prepare the Plan for the Parish.

This page will be updated as the Plan progresses and is the place to find information on the key stages of consultation, including how to comment, as well as any accompanying documentation.

Current stage

Submission of the Plan (Regulation 15) and Regulation 16 consultation

The Borough Council will undertake consultation on the Submission Version of the Plan between 16th December 2019 and 10th February 2020.

Ecton Parish Council formally agreed on 17th September 2019 to submit the Plan to the Borough Council of Wellingborough (the Borough Council) along with other supporting documents required under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended. The Parish Council also submitted a Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) screening report required by the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, as amended. 

The submitted documents can be accessed using the following links:

Ecton Neighbourhood Development Plan - Submission Version

Ecton Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement

Ecton Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement

Ecton Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Determination

In addition, the Ecton Neighbourhood Plan Evidence Base includes links to key documents, including the main sources of published evidence used in preparing the Plan.

Following receipt of the documents, the legality of the Plan was checked by the Borough Council which, on 26th November 2019, confirmed that the Plan complies with a number of statutory requirements:

BCW Legal Check letter BCW

BCW Legal Checklist

Further information regarding the consultation, including details of how to comment on the Plan, are set out on the Ecton Neighbourhood Plan Information page of the Borough Council’s website.

During the consultation period (16th December 2019 to 10th February 2020) the Plan and submission documents can also be viewed during normal opening hours at the following locations:

  • Three Horseshoes, 23 High St, Ecton
  • Wellingborough library
  • Earls Barton library
  • Borough Council of Wellingborough offices, Tithe Barn Road, Wellingborough

What happens next?

  • Following the Regulation 16 consultation, the Plan will be submitted for examination by an independent examiner. The examiner will issue a report which will recommend whether the Plan should proceed to a referendum or not and will indicate any changes that should be made to the document.
  • Subsequently, the Borough Council will consider the examiner’s report and make any necessary changes to the Plan.
  • If the Plan is to proceed to a referendum, you will be given the opportunity, provided that you are on the electoral roll for Ecton, to vote on whether the Plan should be brought into force. We hope to reach this stage in the summer of 2020.
  • Should more than half of the votes cast be in favour of the Plan, it will come into force as part of the statutory Development Plan for Ecton.

Earlier stages in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan

  1. Neighbourhood Area Designation

The Parish was designated as a ‘neighbourhood area’ by the Borough Council of Wellingborough on 15th December 2014. The following documents can be viewed on the Borough Council’s website:

Application statement

Designation letter

Neighbourhood Plan Area map

  1. Ecton Neighbourhood Plan 2013 Questionnaire

A questionnaire was sent to every residence in the parish as well as businesses and organisations.  It provided an opportunity for the local community to express their views on a number of issues and the questionnaire results influenced the preparation of the Emerging Draft Plan.

  1. Emerging Draft Plan

Consultation took place between 3rd October 2016 and 30th November 2016 on an Emerging Draft Plan. A consultation event was held in the Village Hall on the 15th October.  A schedule, summarising comments received and setting out the response of the Steering Group, can be found in the Emerging Draft Summary of Representations and Responses. The consultation and changes in the planning context resulted in a number of amendments to the Plan which were incorporated into a ‘Pre-submission Draft Plan’.

  1. Pre-submission Draft (Regulation 14) Plan

Consultation on the Pre-Submission Draft Plan (April 2019) took place between April 15th and May 31st 2019.

Neighbourhood Plan leaflet providing a brief summary of the Plan and details of how to comment was delivered to households in the Parish. In addition, a drop-in session was held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 21st May, prior to the Annual Meeting of the Parish and the Annual Parish Council Meeting. Other key stakeholders were also informed of the consultation.

A schedule summarising comments received and setting out the response of the Steering Group and Parish Council can be found in the Pre-Submission Schedule  of Representations and Responses (September 2019) (which also forms Appendix 2 of the  Ecton Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement). The consultation resulted in a number of amendments to the Plan which were incorporated into the ‘Ecton Neighbourhood Development Plan Submission Version’ (see ‘current stage, above).