Parish Council News

       Harpole Neighbourhood Plan

                 Referendum result


Following today’s referendum on the Harpole Neighbourhood Plan, the Parish council is pleased to report that 92% of the voters voted “Yes”, agreeing that the plan should be taken into account in future planning applications. This result will go before a meeting of SNC to be ratified, hopefully in September.

Please vote for the Harpole Neighbourhood Plan on Thursday 27th July, at the Bowls Club, Larkhall Lane

Here is a summary of the benefits of the Plan’s objectives and policies: 

1.        Future housing needs will be met affordably but without infringing on green spaces, encouraging people of all ages to continue residing in the parish.

2.        New housing developments within the village will be small scale and in keeping with the surroundings.

3.        The design and appearance of future development will be in character with the area’s rural identity and environment.

4.        The character of the Harpole Conservation Area will be preserved and enhanced.

5.        The nine green spaces within the village, will be protected from inappropriate development, and  non-coalescence with Northampton should be protected.

6.        The landscape character of the parish will be protected and new development will not affect the setting of the village. Local landscaping, ecology and biodiversity will be preserved and enhanced.

7.        Any new development should be accommodated by appropriate infrastructure. Risk of flooding should be minimized.

8.        Safe walking and cycle routes both within the village and to nearby villages and towns will be promoted.

9.        The fifteen Community Facilities within the Parish will be protected and enhanced.


The approved Harpole Neighbourhood Plan will ensure maximum funding available to the parish towards the above objectives, plus the following:

  • Additional parking areas at  Garners Way, Northampton Road, Chester Avenue, and Carrs Way. Improvements to the Carrs Way/Northampton Road junctions
  • A new village hall (location not decided yet). New and improved sports areas.
  • A Country Park between the village and Sandy Lane, incorporating paths for walking and horse riding, plus childrens playing areas and exercise areas. Woodland such as the Wookle will be protected and enhanced.
  • A weight limit through the village. Measures to reduce rat-running through the village.



For full details, please look at the deposit Neighbourhood Plan on deposit in All Saints Parish Church, or see it on the internet at





Old School Hall Management

The management committee of the Old School Hall are seeking a new treasurer. If you are interested in the role, please contact them here  

You can learn more about the Old School hall here


SNDC Annual Satisfaction Survey

Residents have the opportunity to let South Northamptonshire Council know what they think of its services by completing the annual satisfaction survey this spring.

From early May, residents and businesses will have six weeks to complete a short questionnaire allowing them to give feedback on the council’s services, whether it provides value for money and the quality of its day-to-day operations.

The information provided will be used to help the council prioritise its budgets and service provision for future years and make improvements in areas where people have reported concerns.

Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing, said: “The Customer Satisfaction Survey is a vitally important way of measuring how people who live and work in the district feel about the services we provide.

“We know that there are always areas that we can improve upon in order to deliver both value and quality. By the same token, it is also helpful and encouraging finding out what we are doing well in order to take those learnings and apply them elsewhere.”

This year, the survey has been shortened to encourage more people to take part. The survey will be available to complete online and hard copies will be available at The Forum and in local libraries.

A number of hard copies will also be distributed to selected addresses across the district with a pre-paid envelope for people to return their completed survey.

Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of SNC said: “This survey is an opportunity for people to make their voices heard. I would encourage all those who live and work in South Northants to take the time to complete the survey, as it is their feedback we need in order to keep improving our services.”

As last year, the survey will once again be conducted by an external market research organisation, Marketing Means.

The survey will be available to complete online from the beginning of May.  You can access it by logging on to the SNC website or clicking on

Alternatively those who would prefer a hard copy can request one by calling 01327 322 322


Do you and your children use the playing field? Do you use the car park? How about the tennis courts, bike track, picnic benches?  Have you ever wondered who maintains the field, the play equipment, hedgerows, ditches, car park, empties the bins……….?

Harpole Playing Field IS NOT a council run facility – it is run by a committee of volunteers known as Harpole Playing Field Association.  It is a facility that is open to everyone – regardless of age, gender, sporting ability, residents and non-residents.

We do our own fundraising and organise all maintenance.

Whether you use the field and facilities to enjoy a visit after school to run around, play on the equipment, a game of tennis,  a chat with other parents and carers – maybe even a picnic at the weekend (if the sun is shining), if your children (or grandchildren) attend the local school then they will regularly use the field throughout the year for PE lessons, sports day, Rose Queen festival and daily car parking. 

Your input would be invaluable to the committee and we invite you to come along – we meet once a month at 7pm (on the first Monday) for around half an hour. That’s it.

If you think you could offer anything - from becoming a committee member to helping out at the car boot sales in the summer or you and your children could join in with the regular litter picks - then please, please do get in touch.

This is YOUR CHANCE to ‘Give Something Back’ in exchange for a free, convenient facility – a facility that, without the committee, could become a building plot.   


For more information, please contact Jude Clements (Secretary) at or on 07785 337099.

Prioritisation Framework consultation and engagement by the County Council


Northamptonshire County Council is putting a process in place to help make the tough decisions it has to make about what to prioritise – that is, how we share out resources to achieve the best outcomes for our residents and customers. To do this we need to be clearer what we, our residents and partners think is important to bear in mind when deciding between competing priorities. We need your help to clarify our values and principles and use these to develop the framework we will use for prioritising. You can help us in two ways – by completing a survey and/or attending a workshop


1.       You can find our survey on the County Council website -


2.       You can come to one of 4 workshops that we will be holding around the county, so we can hear from you in person and discuss our principles and values together. Details are available on the Consultation Register - 

and  will be in libraries. 


The workshop details are also outlined below. They are open to anyone who wants to attend, without the need to RSVP or let us know in advance.


·         13th March, 10 am to 12 noon, Council Chamber, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, Northants, NN15 7QX

·         13th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Weston Favell Academy, Booth Lane South, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 3EZ

·         14th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, KINGSTHORPE COLLEGE, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7HR

·         16th March, 1.30 to 3.30 pm, Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way, Rushden NN10 9YP

·         20th March, 12.30 to 2.30 pm, South Northants Volunteer Bureau, Whittons Lane, Volunteer Centre , Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6YZ


We welcome your contributions and will take all the information we get from this consultation process to develop our own, unique statement of principles and values to feed into the prioritisation framework.”

Post Office for Harpole

We understand that discussions are in an advanced stage for a post office to be installed at the village shop in Harpole. It is hoped that the new Post Office will open in April/May this year.


The Parish Council and village residents are concerned about the amount of litter making an unwelcome appearance around the village.You will find pictures of some of the offending littering here - so please, if you see litter, either pick it up or let us know via the links in this site.

Harpole Parish Council Diary

Clicking on 'more details' in any entry will reveal attached documents