News & Events

neighbourhood plan groupHave you heard a lot about Neighbourhood Plans but are still no clearer as to how they help?  *What is protecting your Community currently?  *Do you want a meaningful say in the development control process? *Want to know more about how a Neighbourhood Plan can benefit your community?

If so our workshop is just what you need!

Neighbourhood Plan Day

Thursday 25th May 2017

10.15am to 3.00pm

Hunsbury Hill Centre, Harksome Hill, Northampton. NN4 9QX

More and more communities are realising the benefits of having a Neighbourhood Plan.   NACRE wants to help and support communities embarking on the process of making one and those that have already started the process. We invite you to NACRE’s Hunsbury Hill Centre in Northampton on Thursday 25th May 2017 from 10.15 a.m. – 3.00pm.  Come and hear speakers discussing Neighbourhood Planning in detail and take part in group activities that look at expectations of a Neighbourhood Plan and the challenges facing your Community.

The cost to NACRE members is £40 per delegate and for non-members is £55 per delegate.   If more than one delegate from the same parish wishes to attend then discounts are available.   A light lunch and Neighbourhood Plan Day presentation notes and workshop materials are included.

The agenda for the workshop can be downloaded here. If you require further information about this or wish to book places please telephone 01604 825884 or e-mail

Please do join us for what we hope to be an informative and interesting day.

Northants Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

flooding near ThrapstonFlood risk management is a relatively new responsibility for organisations. It was something that a lot of organisations did but in an uncoordinated way. In order to provide better and more effective management of flood risk, the Flood & Water Management Act (2010) assigned new responsibilities to local authorities. Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) has taken on the role of Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) with primary responsibility for management of local flood risk across the County, working in partnership with the Borough and District Councils, the Environment Agency, water companies (Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water and Thames Water) and the Buckingham and River Ouzel Internal Drainage Board.

The Northamptonshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy sets out how NCC as LLFA and the Partnership work together to improve management of local flood risk. This strategy also identifies how Parish Councils and communities can help play an important role in managing flood risk at the community level, whether by gathering information on areas at risk of flooding, reporting any flood incidents to the appropriate group, preparing flood plans or getting residents involved with flood warden schemes. Find out more about the strategy here.

CLA Housing Policy: Tackling the housing crisis in England

CLAThis report looks at the key issue for housing policy: how to satisfy demand for housing in England, with at least 230,000 new homes a year needing to be built until 2020, according to Government figures. And in rural areas, new homes are  needed to keep communities viable because without these homes, rural communities will lose young people and services needed to keep those areas alive.  This report proposes a raft of recommendations and ideas to help solve the housing crisis. Download the 2014 CLA Housing Report.

Action call over rural GP funding

Concerns about rural provision were raised during a meeting of the Scrutiny of Action needed to avert a funding crisis that could result in some rural GP practices becoming unviableHealth Committee in Whitby where discussion centred on the implications of changes to the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee system, part of the financial framework that supports GP practices.  It is felt that urgent action is needed to avert a funding crisis that could result in some rural GP practices becoming unviable. More information here.  [28/1/14]

Forum for Neighbourhood Planning

Are you involved in neighbourhood planning or would like to be and would like to knowPlanning aid forum logo more about it? If so, you may be interested in this forum that helps support people and communities who are using new powers under the Localism Act 2011 to create neighbourhood plans. You can join the forum and review/add posts as well as download useful resources and find out about the latest news and events relating to neighbourhood planning. It is hosted by Planning Aid. [20/1/14]

New community guides from ACRE – Affordable Warmth & Energy Efficiency

energy efficiencyTwo free, practical guides to help residents in rural communities keep warm and cut bills this winter are now available from Northamptonshire ACRE. The Energy Efficiency and Affordable Warmth community guides have been produced by our national body, ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), in partnership with Calor Gas.affordable warmth

The Energy Efficiency guide explains how families can make simple changes at home – such as insulation, draught-proofing, and low energy lightbulbs –to reduce bills. The Affordable Warmth guide focuses on how communities can help households to stay warm and avoid falling into fuel poverty. It explains how the most vulnerable households can get help from the Government towards their heating bills.

TCPA paper on housing demand and needs in England

Town and country planning agencyThe Town and County Planning Association has published a paper on the estimated housing demand and need in England from 2011 to 2031. This new analysis, based on the  Census 2011 data, shows annual housing requirements are 10,000 homes higher than the normally accepted figure. Read the TCPA report. [Added 16/9/13]

New online national planning practice guidance launched

National planning practice guidanceThe Government has launched a new online national planning practice guidance. The aim is to make planning guidance more accessible and easier to keep up to date. This is being done by completely revising and updating the planning practice guidance to support the National Planning Policy Framework and make it more accessible. Find out about the status of the draft planning practice guidance during Beta, and what will happen before the planning practice guidance is issued by the Secretary of State later this year. [Added 2/9/13]

National Citizen Service wants your help

Click on the logo to visit the NCS site

NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 16 & 17 year olds in England, that helps them build their skills for work and life, while they take on new challenges and meet new friends. It runs in the spring, summer and autumn. Each young person has a short time away from home and then takes part in a team project that will help their community.

NCS is looking for projects to offer these young people. If you have a project you feel would help develop their skills, please contact Insia Ishaji, NCS programme leader, at If you are in the Wellingborough, Kettering or East Northants area, you can also contact Aim Higher . Read their Project Appeal Information here or contact


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