Businesses urged to apply for new grant fund 

Businesses in Daventry District which have been required to close temporarily due to the lockdown are encouraged to apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.  To find out more information and submit an application online, please visit

The Government fund can provide grants of up to £3,000 to help small businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors manage during the 28-day lockdown period.

The types of business covered includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care (such as hairdressers and nail salons), entertainment, sports facilities and hospitality.

To be eligible to apply, businesses must occupy a property on which they pay business rates, and must have been open and trading on 4 November 2020. They must have been required to close for at least four weeks because of the national lockdown, or have adapted their business to offer takeaway or a ‘click and collect’ service.

Three levels of grants are available depending on the rateable value of the business:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants will be £1,334 for the four weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and below £51,000, grants will be £2,000 for the four weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants will be £3,000 for the four weeks.

Daventry District Council is distributing the grant in the District and is urging eligible businesses to submit a claim as soon as they can.


Northamptonshire Public Health service – Supporting Independence Programme

Are you aged 18 or over? Have you noticed any recent changes in your health?

  • Do you have difficulty walking or need help moving about?
  • Are everyday tasks becoming difficult?
  • Do you need someone to help you on a regular basis?
  • Do you sometimes feel lonely or isolated?

If you have answered “yes” to any of the questions above, we may be able to help. Call us on 0300 126 1000 from 8am-6pm Mon-Fri Or complete an online form at:

Changes to the current Planning System

Planning for the Future, the government was consulting on changes to the current planning system (  One element of that is a proposed new standard method for calculating housing allocations.  Planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners Ltd has looked at the proposed new model and crunched the numbers to produce a comparison for housing numbers under the existing model and the proposed new model.  The data is presented down to a district level.  Overall, the proposed new model would (unsurprisingly) result in more houses in every district in Northamptonshire, except Northampton.  You can see the data and methodology at:

Community Involvement for the West Northants Strategic Plan (Unitary Council)

A draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) has been agreed as a consultation document by Daventry District , South Northamptonshire and Northampton Borough Councils. The Councils have embarked on a new Strategic Plan for West Northamptonshire and the purpose of the SCI is to set out how the Councils will engage with stakeholders and the public on the preparation of the Strategic Plan.

The draft SCI is subject to a six-week consultation period, the purpose of which is to seek the views of all interested parties on the content of the SCI and its proposals for engagement on the Strategic Plan. A copy of the draft SCI is available on the Joint Planning Unit’s consultation website:

The consultation is open until Thursday 12th November at 5.00pm

Comments can be submitted online via the consultation website. Alternatively you can submit comments by:


Post: West Northamptonshire JPU, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton, NN1 1DE