Select Committee on the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2004

Remit: 

The Committee's task was to consider the Order and to enquire into the matters complained of in the five remaining petitions presented against the Order.

Background:

The Order

The West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2004 is a Statutory Instrument which defines a proposed Urban Development Area around Daventry, Northampton and Towcester and also establishes an Urban Development Corporation for the purposes of regenerating that area.

It is an affirmative instrument which needs to be approved by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords before it can come into force. It was laid before both Houses of Parliament on 13th May 2004 and, because of the nature of the order, the Chairman of Committees immediately ruled that it was a hybrid instrument thus making it subject to the procedures outlined in Private Business Standing Order 216.

Hybrid instrument procedure

The hybrid instrument procedure is unique to the House of Lords and the process must be completed before the Order can be approved by both Houses.

This special procedure allows those who are directly affected by an order to oppose its approval by the House of Lords by €œpetitioning€ against it.

In May 2004 six petitions were received against the Order but one, that of the Bringtons€™ Parish Council, was subsequently withdrawn.

In July 2004 the Hybrid Instruments Committee considered whether a Select Committee should be appointed to look into the matters complained of in the petitions.

On 7th September 2004 the House of Lords formally agreed to the 1st Report from the Hybrid Instruments Committee and referred the Order to a Select Committee.

The Committee hearings

The Committee began its consideration of the order on Monday 25th October 2004 and sat for seven days on which it heard evidence from the Government and from the five remaining petitioners. The meetings were open to the public. You can find transcripts of the committee's meetings by clicking on the "Reports and Publications" tab on the left of this page.

On November 3rd the Committee visited West Northamptonshire and saw the proposed Urban Development Area around Northampton, Daventry and Towcester. The visit was based on a programme agreed by the parties.

The Committee's recommendations

The Committee announced its decision on Thursday November 4th and published its recommendations in a Special Report on 17th November. You can find the report by clicking on the "Reports and Publications" tab on the left of this page.

The Committee has now concluded its proceedings.

What happens next?

The hybrid proceedings on the Order have now been concluded and it will now follow the usual Affirmative Instrument procedure in each House. The Order will need to be approved by both Houses before it can come into force.

Petitions presented against the Order

  • Petition 1
    Petitioner: Weedon Bec Parish Council
    Agent: Mrs C Matthews

  • Petition 2
    Petitioner: The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) [Northamptonshire Branch]
    Agent: Mr J. Day

  • Petition 3
    Petitioner: The Bringtons' Parish Council
    Agent: Mr I. Dexter
    Petition withdrawn 13 July 2004

  • Petition 4
    Petitioner: Mrs Pauline Adams, Mr John Bass and Mr Ashley Gibbons
    Agent: Mr I. Dexter

  • Petition 5
    Petitioner: Daventry Villages Together
    Agent: Dr J Davies

  • Petition 6
    Petitioner: Stop the Over-Development Plans for Northamptonshire (STOP)
    Agent: Sir Peter Fry