West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit

Evidence Base

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Evidence Base

Plans can have major effects. Social and economic impacts may include altering property values by a considerable amount; or helping people to access housing, jobs, local services and open space, especially people with limited resources. There may be impacts on environmental or cultural assets including affecting how much the area contributes to mitigating and reducing climate change. It is therefore essential that plans are based on thorough evidence.

The evidence base for the West Northamptonshire Local Development Framework contains two elements:

  1. Participation: Evidence of the views of the local community and others who have a stake in the future of the area. Details of all the community involvement for each plan is available on the relevant plan's web page on this site.
  2. Research/ fact finding: Evidence that the choices made by the plan are backed up by the facts.

In order to ensure that the Local Development Framework is sound and reflective of local issues, a number of reports and studies have been prepared. These reports and studies can be accessed through the links on the left-hand side of this page, or by using the Search facility.