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Vistry Homes Planning Application for the Phase 2a Infrastructure 

Good Afternoon,

In order to ensure that as many interested parties as possible are made aware of the Application submitted I am writing to advise the Planning Application for the Phase 2a Infrastructure was registered on April 1st 2022 with confirmation being received on the 5th April.

The planning reference number is WNN/2022/0370 and the Case Officer is Adam Walker. WNC have requested any comments be submitted by the 26th April but will undertake their usual consultation process.

Please be aware this Application lies within the Parish of East Hunsbury.

Anyone with comments should forward them to both East Hunsbury Parish Council and WNC. Unfortunately any comments made on either the Collingtree Residents Facebook Page or via will not be recognised as part of the consultation as managed by WNC.


Paul Carvey

Senior Project Manager

Vistry Homes

Bromwich Court | Highway Point | Gorsey Lane

Coleshill | Warwickshire | B46 1JU | 01675 437000



WNN/2021/0493 - Land off Barn Corner

For those of you that require an update on planning application WNN/2021/0493 - Land off Barn Corner. As of yesterday the application still remains under consideration.



Limited Powers with Planning Applications

With reference to the recent Facebook posts regarding the Parish Council not keeping residents up to date with works going on at Vistry, The Parish Council would like to inform you that we have very limited powers with regards to planning and we have the same access to information as everyone else.

We were only informed of the works to the trees as this was along a footpath, otherwise works to the trees would have taken place without residents being informed.

We are statutory consultees on planning only and we have no special access to information or hold any special relationships with the developers. We are not privy to any extra information because we are a Parish Council.

We try to be advocates on behalf of residents but negative comments on Facebook do not help matters.

The Parish Council is not maintained 24 hours a day. The Clerk works part time 7.5 hours a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please be patient when expecting responses from the PC if you have made contact with us. You may get a response outside of these hours if the Clerk is working outside of her normal hours.

As previously stated Facebook is not our preferred means of contact and we are unlikely to respond to comments on the Facebook Residents page.

If you would like to contact the Parish Council then please send an email to the Clerk at

Assuring of our best attention at all times.

Collingtree Parish Council

A bit of back ground information on planning for your information.


What powers does Collingtree Parish Council have with respect to planning applications?

Collingtree Parish Council is consulted by the relevant Planning Authority West Northants Council on all planning applications relating to Collingtree Parish. Any views expressed by the Parish Council will be taken into account by the Planning Authority before a decision is made, providing the points made are relevant to the determination of a planning application.

The final decision is made by the Planning Authority, not the Parish Council.

Collingtree Parish Council will only comment on what are known as “material considerations” – issues, for example, such as boundary disputes between neighbours or loss of views will not be considered.

Do parish councils grant planning permission?

• Town and parish councils are not Planning Authorities. Town and parish councils are only statutory consultees in the planning process.

• This means that they only have the right to be informed of planning applications within the parish.

• They cannot approve or reject planning applications.

• They can only comment on planning applications in the same way that individuals can comment.

• Consequently the length of time taken to determine a planning application is governed by the local planning authority not the parish council.

• A parish council can request that it be given extra time to comment on an application.

• The decision whether this is granted rests solely with the planning authority and it’s own deadlines for decision making.

How do parish councils comment on planning applications?

• Parish councils can only agree to comment on planning applications in properly called council or committee meetings which the public can attend.

• The comments agreed in the council meeting are submitted in writing by the parish clerk to the relevant planning authority.

• The process is exactly the same as that of an individual wishing to comment on a planning application.

• Parish councils are statutory consultees and have no powers to approve or reject planning applications, they can only comment or not on applications.

Valid reasons for comment on a Planning Application

Comments that are clear, concise and accurate stand more chance of being accepted than those that are not. When planning applications are considered, the following matters can all be relevant. These are sometimes referred to as ‘material planning considerations’:

• Central government policy and guidance - Acts, Circulars, Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PPGs) etc.

• The Development Plan - and any review of the Development Plan which is underway.

• Adopted supplementary guidance - for example, village design statements, conservation area appraisals, car parking standards.

• Replies from statutory and non-statutory agencies (e.g. Environment Agency, Highways Authority).

• Representations from others - neighbours, amenity groups and other interested parties so long as they relate to land use matters.

• Effects on an area - this includes the character of an area, availability of infrastructure, density, over-development, layout, position, design and external appearance of buildings and landscaping

• The need to safeguard valuable resources such as good farmland or mineral reserves.

• Highway safety issues - such as traffic generation, road capacity, means of access, visibility, car parking and effects on pedestrians and cyclists.

• Public services - such as drainage and water supply

• Public proposals for using the same land

• Effects on individual buildings - such as overlooking, loss of light, overshadowing, visual intrusion, noise, disturbance and smell.

• Effects on a specially designated area or building - such as green belt, conservation areas, listed buildings, ancient monuments and areas of special scientific interest.

• Effects on existing tree cover and hedgerows.

• Nature conservation interests - such as protection of badgers, great crested newts etc.

• Public rights of way

• Flooding or pollution.

• Planning history of the site - including existing permissions and appeal decisions.

• A desire to retain or promote certain uses - such as playing fields, village shops and pubs.

• Need for the development - such as a petrol station

• Prevention of crime and disorder

• Presence of a hazardous substance directly associated with a development

• Human Rights Act

• Precedent - but only where it can be shown there would be a real danger that a proposal would inevitably lead to other inappropriate development (for example, isolated housing in the countryside)

Irrelevant reasons for objection

There are certain matters which do not amount to ‘material planning considerations’ under current legislation and guidance. These matters cannot be taken into account in considering a planning application and should not be included in objections as they weaken your case:

• Speculation over future use

• The identity of the applicant or occupant

• Unfair competition

• Boundary disputes

• Breach of covenants and personal property rights, including personal (not Public) rights of way

• Loss of a private view

• Devaluation of property

• Other financial matters

• Matters controlled by other legislation - such as internal space standards for dwellings or fire prevention

• Religious or moral issues - such as betting shops and amusement arcades

• The fact that the applicant does not own the land to which the application relates

• The fact that an objector is a tenant of land where the development is proposed

• The fact that the development has already been carried out and the applicant is seeking to regularise the situation. People can carry out development at their own risk before getting planning permission)

• The developer’s motives, record or reputation

Other Matters – “concerns and issues”

The person making a planning application has to provide enough information for the application to be determined. They do not have to provide every single detail before an application can be approved because certain matters can be resolved by way of conditions included as part of the permission.

Because of this, certain issues may not be considered as ‘objections’ but it is entirely reasonable for you to raise concerns on such issues and to ask to be kept informed before they are approved. These include:

• The proposed type and colour of the materials to be used

• The exact nature of any proposed planting or boundary treatment



West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan Spatial Options Consultation

Dear All

We have just received notification of an extension for the submission of responses to the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan Spatial Options Consultation.

Please see below:

The consultation period for the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan Spatial Options Consultation is due to end on Monday 6th December 2021. We have been made aware that some consultees are struggling to meet this deadline, and we have therefore decided to extend the deadline for the submission of responses to 12 noon on Friday 24th December 2021.

As a reminder, full details of the consultation including how to respond are available on our consultation website:

Rail Central Consultation - SoCC and Consultation notice

Between 15 March and 23 April 2018, Ashfield Land and Gazeley will be carrying out a second stage of formal community consultation on its plans for Rail Central, the proposed new strategic rail freight interchange between Milton Malsor and Blisworth.  The consultation will take place between 15 March and 23 April 2018 and include six public exhibitions at venues in Blisworth, Milton Malsor, Roade and Towcester. Alongside this, formal consultation will also take place with statutory consultees and other interested parties, under the processes known as Section 42 and Section 48.

On 1 March 2018, the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) and the Report to Inform the SoCC, was published and are now available on the project website ( and in the deposit locations in the local area.  This details how the developers will be consulting with the local community, and how the community can find out more and give their feedback. 

Click to download the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) and The report to inform the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC).

The Parish Council responded to the Roxhills Stage 2 Consultation. To view a copy of the Parish Councils response please click here to download a copy.


Roxhills Consultations starting 9th October 2017.

Public Exhibition being held Monday 9th October at the Hilton Hotel, Collingtree from 1.30pm to 7.30pm.

Please download leaflet here.

Attached is a newsletter and summary document giving details of Roxhill’s proposed rail freight interchange at Junction 15 of the M1.  The document also contains details of the consultation process which begins next week and lasts until 24th November 2017.  

This document is already being delivered in the vicinity of the proposed development, and many of you will already be aware of this process particularly those within our core consultation area.

Details of a series of public exhibitions are contained in the attached, as are details of how to view details online and elsewhere and how to comment on the proposals.


Steve Harley

On behalf of Roxhill

Milton Ham Appeal - Dismissed.

The appeal for the Land at Milton Ham, Towcester Road, Northampton has been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

Click here to read the Appeal Decision.



Martin Grant Homes and Harcourt Developments are together preparing a planning application to create a high quality residential development at Hampton Green near Wootton Fields, Northampton.

Hampton Green 
As part of Martin Grant and Harcourt Developments pre-application consultation process for Hampton Green, Developers are holding two public exhibition events on Thursday 26 and Saturday 28 January.  

They welcome the opportunity to discuss their proposal and answer any questions you may have at either of the public events being held. These take place on:

Thursday 26 January 2017, 4-8pm 
Wootton Club at The Old Red Lion, 2 Church Hill, Wootton, Northants NN4 6LQ

Saturday 28 January 2017, 10am-2pm
Hardingstone Parish Hall, High Street, Hardingstone, NN4 6DA
All the information being made available at events, including the exhibition display panels, project information leaflet and FAQ can be found on our consultation website at  
If you have any questions or would like printed copies of the consultation materials we’ve produced please do contact the project team by email:, or on our Freephone enquiry line: 0800 9889 141.


Roxhill Developments in Connection with the Prospect of a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) - Public Exhibitions at the Hilton Hotel, Collingtree on 12th, 13th and 14th December 1.30pm to 7.30pm

A series of initial consultation events being held by Roxhill regarding their proposals for a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) on land to the west of M1 Junction 15.  An awareness raising leaflet which is being delivered by post to residential and business addresses across a wide surrounding area in your Parishes in December.  In addition the Parish Councils will also receive a formal notification about the start of consultation.Click here to download the leaflet

The initial consultation exhibitions are being held at the Hilton Hotel in Collingtree on 12th, 13th and 14th December from 1.30pm until 7.30pm and will present information about the emerging proposals, and also information about the ongoing technical and assessment work which will inform the preparation of the application over the coming 6 – 9 months.  These exhibitions, and the ongoing dialogue we’ve been having already with some Parish Councils, are the start of an ongoing process of engagement and consultation.  We expect to have further individual meetings with you and other consultees, and a further series of public consultation events is being planned for the late Spring or early Summer of 2017.

The leaflet is also now available via the project website (, and the website will be updated on a regular basis when new information is available.  For example, the exhibition display material will be available on the website in advance of the exhibitions. Comments are requested by 16th January to feed into our ongoing technical work.


Roxhill Developments in Connection with the Prospect of a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI)

To All Residents/Parishioners

Proposed Development by Roxhills – Junction 15

As you may already be aware, there has been a proposed development of a major industrial site on land adjoining Collingtree and Junction 15.

The developers Roxhills have proposed a 5 million sq. ft. warehouse complex and rail link as an alternative to the ‘Rail Central’ scheme already proposed by Ashfield that has raised serious concerns for the likes of Blisworth and Milton Malsor.

At the Collingtree Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 (a meeting that was well attended by residents) it was decided that one of the measures we could take as a community was to follow the example set by Milton/Blisworth by forming a Sub Committee to work alongside the Parish Council to ensure the best outcome for Collingtree Residents and Parishioners.

A letter is being sent to all residents in the first instance to find out if anyone would any interested in joining the Sub Committee? Any interested parties are advised to contact the Parish Clerk by email at 

The Parish Council will then arrange the formation of the Sub Committee as soon as possible. Please give as much support to this cause as possible as the impact on our village will be immense.

Full information on the proposals can be viewed on the link below :

Updates can be found on this website or click here to see updates on the Just Collingtree - Planning Watchdog page.