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Local Democracy Reporter for Northamptonshire. Read my stuff on @ChronandEcho @BBCNorthampton @NTelegraph and @DxGusher. Email: James.Averill@jpimedia.co.uk
21 Jan
Evening all. @NorthamptonBC planning committee is meeting at The Guildhall this evening. Thread of decisions being made here. #LDReporter
@NorthamptonBC A lot of apologies tonight from elected members. Just seven of the 13 councillors are here.
@NorthamptonBC First application up is the move of NN Contemporary Art (@NNPress) across the road from 9 Guildhall Road to 24 Guildhall Road at County Hall.

Would effectively see a change of use from offices at County Hall into an art studio for the organisation.
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3 Dec 19
Evening all. I'm at Duston Community Centre where a general election hustings is being held for Northampton South parliamentary candidates. #LDReporter
Appearing before voters tonight, in order of how they appear on the ballot paper:

Gareth Eales (Labour) - @CllrGarethEales
Jill Hope (Lib Dems) - @JillHopeLibDem
Scott Mabbutt (Green Party) - @GreenDocScott1

Conservative candidate @ALewerMBE is not attending.
@CllrGarethEales @JillHopeLibDem @GreenDocScott1 @ALewerMBE Organiser of the hustings, David Huffadine-Smith, says he invited Mr Lewer but that he had not extended the offer of an alternative Conservative speaker as it would be 'unfair' to the other candidates.
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19 Nov 19
Evening all. I'm at @NorthamptonBC this evening, where members of the public have packed out the gallery for the latest planning committee. Thread of decisions here. #LDReporter
@NorthamptonBC As of 12 minutes ago, the deadline for appeals against the adoption of NBC's new HMO supplementary planning document had passed.

It now means the planning committee can consider dismissing HMOs if 10% of properties within a 50 metre radius are also HMOs. Had previously been 15%.
@NorthamptonBC As a result, two applications for HMOs have been deferred as the new restrictions now apply.

They were in The Crescent (Parklands ward) and Burns Road (Castle ward).

Remaining HMO applications are either amendments to already approved schemes or the threshold doesn't apply.
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