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Thinking of buying a new home? Please read this:
Unadopted roads, in my opinion, are a National scandal. Residents of those roads pay their Council taxes but if anything goes wrong with the road, paths, lighting, Highway verges and trees the residents of that street have to pay for it’s repair/maintenance themselves because the County Council has not adopted it.
Some developers pay in a bond, thru a s38 payment within the planning process - some do not - as the bond is not compulsory. It is money set aside to ensure the road on new developments is brought up to the correct standard to be adopted by the County Council.
With one street, Tower Hill Close, we were told there was no bond and that is why it was not adopted. But by digging deeper we found there WAS a bond!! 
The bond for Tower Hill close was put aside it’s value initially was £46,000 but apparently  once the road is completed by the developer the bond reduces to 10% of the value - £4600 in this case. No one called for the road to be adopted. Why?
Surely, in 17 years since the development was completed, that bond could have been used to adopt the road. I would like to know where the interest of this '£4600' is because now the County Council refuse to adopt it because there is not enough money there to bring it up to standard. Also, I’m told that if they adopt this road they will have to adopt all unadopted roads and that will cost tens of £millions.
A very common reason for roads not being adopted is that once houses are sold a developer can go into liquidation therefore relinquishing its responsibilities without completing all infrastructure on the development. The developer could then then create another company and so on it goes. There are hundreds of unadopted roads in this County. 
I’m told that if they adopt this one road they will have to adopt all unadopted roads and that will cost tens of £millions.
Another issue is that the Borough Council is now no longer adopting green spaces on new developments which means someone has to pay for the maintenance, emptying bins etc into perpetuity. That person will be you, the buyer. AND you will also be paying Council Taxes.
When purchasing a new home please make sure there is a bond in place or you have some form of indemnity insurance to protect you. Always nag until the road is adopted when the development is complete and always get independent financial advice.
I am working with an MP for this area to get this issue taken more seriously in Westminster. I’ll keep you updated.

Unadopted Roads

Thinking of buying a new home? Please read this: Unadopted roads, in my opinion, are a National scandal. Residents of those roads pay their Council taxes but if anything goes...

Message from the Leader of the Labour Group April 2018
As expected the government inspectors report into the Conservative County Council has identified serious weaknesses in the financial controls at the county. The inspector is calling for the abolition of the county and is suggesting a two unitary solution.                                                                                                                            
This would put Northampton with South Northants and Daventry.
This would not be good for the people in Northampton.
It would help if all the  trade unions and local organisations wrote into me and to the leader of the council, Jonathan Nunn, calling for a Unitary Northampton with fairer funding from the government. Please also consider writing to the press and radio and the three MPs.
 
Cllr.dstone@northampton.gov.uk
Cllr.jnunn@northampton.gov.uk
editor@northantsnews.co.uk
northampton@bbc.co.uk
michael.ellis.mp@parliament.uk
andrew.lewer.mp@parliament.uk
andrea.leadsom@parliament.uk

Many thanks
Danielle

http://www.northamptonlabour.org.uk
Twitter: @Npton Labour Group   

URGENT. Action Needed

Message from the Leader of the Labour Group April 2018As expected the government inspectors report into the Conservative County Council has identified serious weaknesses in the financial controls at the...

Queens Park Neighbourhood Plan  - Cabinet April 2018

As the Ward Councillor for Trinity and the County Councillor for Kingsthorpe South I fully support this application for Queens Park Neighbourhood Forum and Queens Park Neighbourhood Area.

Firstly I would like to thank the Planning Officers who have offered support and advice to the residents in reaching this milestone.

This application has grown from the residents of the  Queens Park area who want to work together to produce a planning framework that reflects the views, aspirations, wants and needs of local people.

The proliferation of HMOs over the past years and the recent large scale developments have prompted the residents to wish to find a way to have more say over the future of their neighbourhood.

Thornton Park is the only substantial green space available locally to the residents of the area. After long discussion, consultation with Friends of Thornton Park and at the request of Thornton Park allotment committee, it was decided to include Thornton Park within the boundary.

It is probably more helpful to the understanding of the purpose and process of Neighbourhood Planning to describe the Neighbourhood Area, that enclosed by the boundary, as the Area of Benefit.

During the formation of the plan all who live or work in the area, are active in an organisation within the area, are an elected representative, use and enjoy the amenities or live nearby are part of the consultation.

ALL are included, and local residents help to make sure that a neighbourhood plan is based on proper understanding of the area and reflect the vision of the community.

The analysis of the responses from the consultation process show time and time again that the objections indicate

  • misinformation and a lack of understanding about the process,
  • lack of understanding of the advantages of a Neighbourhood Plan
  • and the opportunities this can bring to the Area of Benefit.

A Neighbourhood Plan is founded on a robust programme of community engagement and a strong proportionate evidence base. Why would anyone argue against empowering our communities to engage, and make a positive contribution to the safety and security of the neighbourhood, protect our environment, ensure homes for families, aim to reduce pollution and invest in strategic leisure and recreational facilities for the area and Northampton as a whole?

Can I stress that nobody is excluded from community engagement and indeed engaging with the wider community right from the beginning of the plan-making process will ensure a genuine representation of the range of wants and needs in the local area.

The preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan allows the community to actively participate in local democracy.

Let's look at the tangible benefits.

  • The Forum becomes a consultee for planning applications in the area.
  • The council will engage with the community to agree how the 25% of CIL receipts from developments within the Queens Park Neighbourhood Area should be spent.
  • The existence of a Neighbourhood Plan will open avenues to further funding streams,
  • and engagement in the process is likely to have a positive impact, giving residents power to shape their own communities.

I urge you to support the designation of this Neighbourhood Area.

Queens Park Neighbourhood Plan

Queens Park Neighbourhood Plan  - Cabinet April 2018 As the Ward Councillor for Trinity and the County Councillor for Kingsthorpe South I fully support this application for Queens Park Neighbourhood...

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