General industrial, storage and distribution development at Furtho Pit, Old Stratford/Cosgrove.

Please note, the following is a developer led notice. Any comments made, for or against, will need to be made again to WNC when the planning application is  received.





A planning application is being prepared to deliver 9 Employment units comprising circa 71,386 sq.m./768,385 sq.ft of floorspace within Class B2 (GENERAL INDUSTRIAL) or B8 (STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION) uses of the Town and Country Planning Use Classes Order 1987 with offices and research and development, together with a Country Park, ground re-profiling of the Country Park, new vehicular access from the A508 and associated infrastructure including lorry parking on land at the former Furtho Pit, Old Stratford/Cosgrove.

To view from 3pm on 5th January visit

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click on ‘Current Projects’ then Furtho Pit  

Members of the public are invited to submit comments by 7 January 2022.

Waste and Recycling  – Annual Calenders

Update from Cllr Phil Larratt, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Highways Transport & Waste Services

At Full Council I received a request to consider the distribution of waste and recycling collection calendars to all West Northamptonshire residents and I promised that I would review this option. I have consulted with officers in the waste, customer services and communications teams and they have proposed that this year, with no changes planned to people’s current collection cycle or bin day, calendars are made available on demand via a range of options, instead of distributing paper copies to all households.  

The options available to residents include viewing or downloading their calendar from the Council’s website, using the West Northants mobile app to check collections, or phoning the council on 0300 126 7000 for a paper copy to be sent to them. This means that all our residents, whether technologically-minded or not, should be able to access information about their waste collections.  

These options reflect the changing trend in how residents wish to receive information from us, with the council receiving fewer ‘simple tasks’ being requested by phone, and residents increasingly incorporating the use of the internet into their day-to-day lives as a result of the covid pandemic. Telephony or face-to-face support is used mainly for customers with complex circumstances and/or complex needs, however whenever needed, the customer services team will also offer a telephony service to assist those people who are not comfortable navigating the website.  

Offering residents online options to access their calendars also helps our council be sustainable, both in terms of our use of financial resources and the natural resources required to print and distribute the calendars which will contribute to reducing our carbon emissions.   

Unfortunately the council’s phone number was omitted from the recent bin hangers that were distributed to homes across West Northants and I apologise for this, however please be assured that any resident wishing to receive a paper copy of their calendar should call our main number 0300 126 7000 and one will be posted out to them. We are publicising this option, along with the use of the website and mobile app, to all residents via our communications channels. 

Our mobile app technology is also becoming increasingly popular with residents wishing to check their collection arrangements, with around 15,000 people in the Daventry area already using it regularly, so I would urge people to give it a go. 

To download the app version for the Daventry and South Northants areas, visit the Apple or Android app store and search for West Northamptonshire – if you’re a Northampton resident, visit the app stores are search ‘Northampton’ instead.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Cllr Phil Larratt

Portfolio Holder for Environment, Highways Transport & Waste Services 

West Northamptonshire Council

Waste and Recycling Service update

Update from Cllr Phil Larratt, WNC Portfolio Holder for Environment, Highways Transport & Waste Services

Christmas arrangements recap

With Christmas now fast approaching, steps are now well under way to promote waste and recycling arrangements for all households over the festive season.  

Residents across our area should now have received a bin hanger detailing their Christmas collection arrangements – to recap the key points, there will be no day changes for households over Christmas but garden waste will be suspended from 27 December to 7 January. Residents can put out extra recycling with their usual collections and we’ll be collecting real Christmas trees in the weeks beginning 10 and 17 January.

You can view all the details on our website here or call 0300 1267000. Over the Christmas break, residents will still be able to check their bin collections and report any issues on our website.   

Planning application – DHL hub near Bells Plantation

There is a current planning application and proposal for a DHL hub near Bells Plantation on the A5.  The link for the DHL application is

The provisionally titled Save Towcester Now group is building a website, featuring an on-line petition, crowd-funding, Facebook account and more information on how to stop the DHL development.

Please note the group is not against development in and around Towcester but is seeking a more balanced, mixed use and environmentally friendly plan that will benefit the area, NOT a large warehouse development that will bring little economic benefit as well as increase air, noise and traffic pollution to an already congested traffic situation. 

Public meeting – local planning matters

Yardley Gobion Parish Council
Monday 29 November 2021 at 19.00 at the Village Hall

A meeting has been arranged to give a presentation about the WNC Strategic Plan Consultation and the possible development of a warehouse and distribution hub at Cosgrove/Old Stratford near the junction of the A508/A5


• West Northamptonshire Council is preparing a new Strategic Plan for the area. This will replace the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy and will cover the period up to 2050.

• The Options Consultation is the second stage in preparing the new Plan. No decisions have been made yet and WNC is seeking views on its vision, spatial objectives and potential development options at this stage.

Find out about the Consultation

• You can find the West Northants Spatial Options Consultation document and the Response Form electronically at:

Respond to the Consultation DEADLINE DECEMBER 6TH

• All residents are urged to make their views known by responding to the consultation.
• Complete and submit the online Spatial Options response form. This can be found at Scroll down past Consultation and Supporting Documents to Respond and click ‘Respond by filling in the On-Line questionnaire’
• Or complete and email the Spatial Options Response Form:
• Or complete and post the Spatial Options Response Form: Strategic Plan, West Northants Council, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton, NN1 1DE

If there is more than one person/adult in the household, please complete separate responses as the quantity of responses will be important.