A major policy document produced to help shape Daventry District’s future development is sound and complies with legal requirements, an independent examination has concluded.

Planning Inspector Gareth Wildgoose says the Daventry District Settlements and Countryside (Part 2) Local Plan provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the area, so long as a number of changes – known as main modifications – are made to it.

His final report, together with the recommended main modifications, was published on Friday (10 January) and will be considered by Daventry District councillors next month.

A decision on whether to adopt the Local Plan is due to be made at the meeting of Full Council on 20 February.

Developed by Daventry District Council and shaped by input from key stakeholders including local residents, parish councils and businesses, the Local Plan is a significant planning policy document containing detailed guidance to help shape decision-making on future planning issues.

The plan will be used to determine planning applications, and will supplement policies in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy, adopted in 2014, as well as in Neighbourhood plans.

Submitted for examination in December 2018, it was scrutinised during a series of public hearings held last summer.

People can view the final inspector’s report and the recommended main modifications at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan

Alternatively, printed copies are available at the Council offices in Lodge Road, Daventry, or from the libraries at Brixworth, Long Buckby, Woodford Halse, Daventry and Moulton.