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Planning rules expose conservation areas to development

The government has introduced new planning rules that will allow commercial high-street properties to be converted into housing without full planning applications from August 1. Although it has been possible…

Right to regenerate targets unused land

A new government initiative could force councils to sell vacant plots of land and derelict buildings for redevelopment under plans announced in January by the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP.…

Diocesan pushes ahead with land sale

Despite objections from Titchmarsh parish residents, the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance voted in December to proceed with the sale of 114 acres of glebe farmland. In an emergency meeting…

Conservatives claim majority at new North Northants Council

Oundle has elected three councillors to the new North Northants Council, all from the Conservative Party, in what was a successful set of local elections for the Conservatives overall. These…

The higher purpose of government

Last February one unsuspecting council and a certain Jackie Weaver were catapulted into the limelight. The YouTube video of a fractious Handforth Parish council instantly became a national talking point…

Parish Path Wardens keep footpaths from being lost

Parish Path Wardens keep footpaths from being lost

Northamptonshire has 1929 miles of rights of way in a network that includes footpaths, bridleways and byways used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders who enjoy getting out into the…

Chains of office are archived as East Northants Council is shuttered

Retirement of the ENC chains of office marks the beginning and end of another phase in the cycle of local government. The residents of Oundle said farewell to the ENC…

Do local councils really matter?

Are you one of the many people who think that local elections do not matter and if you vote it won’t make a difference? In April, BBC News travelled to…

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