Woodford is a large village on the banks of the River Nene in Northamptonshire about 2 miles west of Thrapston and 7 miles east of Kettering between junctions 11 and 12 of the A14.
The early settlement was mainly a farming community with an increasing number of men working in the ....... more
Statement re Development in Thrapston Road
16 June 2016
A Generic acknowledgement for public circulation has been received giving details of the current status.
If you are contacting NNC Planning Department regarding this matter, please quote 21/00146/PPU.
15 June 2021
NNC issued an Enforcement Notice requiring occupation of land to cease.
14 June 2021
NNC have advised that Stop Notice to cease all development have now been served. This is the first step to stop any unlawful development. They have also advised that all emails received will be read and answered although this may take time as enforcement processes must take priority.
13 June 2021
Tree felling, creation of a new highway access and laying of hardcore was reported to the Parish Council on 11 June at 11am. After verifying the claims, the Police were contacted with regard to tree felling (under Wildlife & Countryside Act 1982 as amended), and the North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) Planning Enforcement Team at Thrapston with regard to the planning matters. Both the Police and NNC representatives (Planning and Highways) visited the site during the afternoon. The Police have since advised there was no case to answer. NNC Officials instructed those on site to stop work with immediate effect until further notice.
Contrary to this instruction, work recommenced on Friday evening and continued into the weekend. During the weekend the Parish Council identified and contacted a number of elected local NNC councillors with responsibility for Planning and appraised them of the situation. It was not been possible to contact the legally empowered Planning Officers who only work office hours although a number of messages were left for their attention when the offices re-opened.
An Emergency Out of Hours Planning Service does not exist at present.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Legal Powers does the Parish Council have in this instance?
None. The land is privately owned and the work is being carried out with the consent of the owner. All powers to act lie with North Northamptonshire Council
So what can the Parish Council do?
The Parish Council can act as an information conduit between local residents and NNC. Any factual informatono received by the Parish Council will be forwarded to NNC
The Council will continue to exert pressure on those with the ability to enforce the existing planning, environmental and highways laws.
The Parish Council does not have right of access to private land such as this and no authority to stop activities on the site, just as there is no right, for example, for a member of the Parish Council to access a householder's property to stop unauthorised building work.
What can residents do?
What can NNC do?
NNC has total responsibility for Planning, Children's Services, Social Services, Environmental Health, and Safety, and Highways safety with all legal powers to act against any such unlawful actions.
What can the Police do?
On Saturday 12 June the Police reported that no criminal act appears to have taken place so this is not a Police matter. However, on Wednesday 16th June this was advised to be subject to a review.
If this was public land or land owned by a third party then different circumstances woud apply.
May Parish Council Meeting
The Annual meeting of the Parish Council was held in May this year. Returning Councillors welcomed new Councillor Mrs Carol Hughes. Councillors elected Mr Peter Bird was elected chairman. The Council will be co-opting one further councillor at the June meeting to complete the number. Anyone elector interested in being considered for co-option should contact the clerk preferably by email by 8th June saying why they would like to be considered for inclusion on the agenda. The first meeting for the newly co-opted member will be
Attendance Parish Council Meetings
Parish Council meetings are now being held, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions space is very limited. As a result only 2 members of the public can be accomodated at any one time, so it may be neccessary for you to make your statement or ask your question and then withdraw. A response will be made to you in writing following the meeting. If you feel you must attend then you must wear a mask / face shield (unless medically exempt, this will be recorded), you must respect social distancing and not be experiencing any Covid symptoms. Please use Rose Terrace entrance only.
Village Diary is taking a break until certain incompatible software issues are resolved.
In the meantime The Woodford Walks still take place each Wednesday morning from at. and morning services are held at the Church each Sunday at 10:45am
Open Gardens and Church Fete are to be held on 3rd / 4th July as is a Motocross event in Thrapston Road.
It is still hoped a fair will be on the green from 11th July (Woodford Feast Week) which traditionally starts the second Sunday after 29th June.
Also on the site are several historic photographs of Woodford and transcripts of various documents relating to the village.
Please report any faulty street lamps to firstname.lastname@example.org. Woodford Parish Council owns all of the lamps in the village and repairs can only take place if we know about the fault and authorise the repair. Once the Parish Clerk is aware of the fault the contractor will normally repair the lamp in about a week. All you need to report is the lamp number (if known), or the location/address. Please don't assume someone else has reported the fault. We'd rather have two reports than none.
Potholes, dangerous pavements and blocked drains/gullies within the village and all approach roads are handled by Street Doctor.
This County Council service can be reached on the County Council Website.
The Parish Council occasionally receives complaints regarding noisy neighbours, especially from music being played loudly through open windows etc. The Council has no power to intervene in such matters, however East Northamptonshire Council advise in the first instance you should contact the person creating the noise and ask them to reduce the volume. If they do not, the matter should be referred to East Northamptonshire Council. The East Northants Council website containes information regarding what is considered to be a nuisance and how you should report such events
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