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Planning Applications: 30 April 2015

Planning Applications: 30 April 2015           WEEKLY LIST
District: CORBY
T1 and T2 Hybrid Poplar – remove lowest branches and lift canopy to min five metres height T3 and T4 – Cypress – fell to ground level T5 -Weeping beech – reduce height by approximately 30% and reduce lateral branchs to balance and shape
Maystone House Gretton Road Harringworth Corby Northamptonshire NN17 3AD
Ref. No: 15/00831/TCA/ | Status: Awaiting decision
Contorted willow – reduce height by maximum 30%, reduce lateral branches to balance and remove major deadwood
Long Barn Wakerley Road Harringworth Corby Northamptonshire NN17 3AH
Ref. No: 15/00832/TCA/ | Status: Awaiting decision

Application 15/00299/FUL : Two storey side extension Condition 4 – Tree Surevey and Arboricultural Method Statement
27 Fernmoor Drive Irthlingborough Wellingborough Northamptonshire NN9 5TL
Ref. No: 15/00817/CND | Status: Awaiting decision

Two storey rear extension, extend front porch to two storey, extend two front rooms, apply new render finish on brickwork and install light grey coloured windows and doors
Dalhousie House Lutton Road Polebrook Peterborough Northamptonshire PE8 5LX
Ref. No: 15/00830/FUL | Status: Awaiting decision

District: OUNDLE
Non material amendment – to install additional roof light into entrance hall pursuant to planning permission 11/01929/FUL dated 13.6.12 -Conversion of redundant chapel into a four bed dwelling
Chapel At Oundle Cemetery Stoke Doyle Road Oundle Northamptonshire
Ref. No: 15/00741/AMD | Status: Awaiting decision

District: RAUNDS
Proposed new boundary treatment
10 Rotton Row Raunds Wellingborough Northamptonshire NN9 6HU
Ref. No: 15/00810/FUL | Status: Awaiting decision

District: RUSHDEN
T1 – multi stem Sycamore – fell to provide better light and improve garden T2 – Oak – fell as above. T3 – Horsechestnut/Sycamore – fell as above.
105 High Street Rushden Northamptonshire NN10 0NZ
Ref. No: 15/00829/TPO/ | Status: Awaiting decision
Application 14/02379/FUL: Improved site access, enlarged car park and vehicle turning, new fence and gate, and pole mounted lighting Condition 6 – Landscaping scheme
Factory Shirley Road Rushden Northamptonshire NN10 6BZ
Ref. No: 15/00819/CND | Status: Awaiting decision
Extension to front
17 Meadow View Higham Ferrers Rushden Northamptonshire NN10 8EN
Ref. No: 15/00818/FUL | Status: Awaiting decision
To remove ash tree from garden for safety reasons.
10 Church Lane Newton Bromswold Rushden Northamptonshire NN10 0SR
Ref. No: 15/00815/TPO/ | Status: Awaiting decision
New house
Land Between 55 And 59 Woodland Road Rushden Northamptonshire
Ref. No: 15/00779/FUL | Status: Awaiting decision

District: STAMFORD
Application 15/00295/LBC – Single storey rear side extension to form utility room, alteration of existing lounge window to create French doors, alterations to layout to existing garage/entrance to create kitchen extension and larder, insertion of new ground floor window to existing garage, removal of garage doors and insertion of French doors, new internal walls to create bedroom 2 and 3, removal of internal walls to first floor bathroom/WC area and new internal walls to create new bathroom, replacement windows throughout and making good of pointing/rendering Condition 6 -Windows and door drawings
20 High Street Easton On The Hill Stamford Northamptonshire PE9 3LR
Ref. No: 15/00835/CND | Status: Awaiting decision
To fell large fir tree which has become too large for the garden and replace it with 2 garden appropriate trees, most likely silver birch.
14 West Street Easton On The Hill Stamford Northamptonshire PE9 3LS
Ref. No: 15/00814/TPO/ | Status: Awaiting decision

T1 – sorbus reduce by up to 2m T2 – Yew – crown lift to 2.5m on house side T3 – Pyrus Chanticleer – reudce included limb by 2m T4 – Conifer – remove T5 – Eucalyptus – remove
1 Midland Road Thrapston Kettering Northamptonshire NN14 4JS
Ref. No: 15/00812/TCA/ | Status: Awaiting decision

Pay Online and Save Time

East Northamptonshire Council is reminding residents that council bills can be paid quickly, easily and securely online.

As well as paying for your Garden Waste Service memberships, licences or Council Tax bills on the website, you can now pay planning application fees, too.

To pay for a planning application online, go to click ‘All Other Council Bills’ ‘Development Control’ and then select ‘Planning Application Fees’ from the dropdown menu.

Online payments can also be made to Business Rates, Building Control, Environmental Services and Land Charges. For a full list of accounts or to make a payment, please visit


John Newman Hairdressing and Beauty, the 90 year old Rothwell company, is once again, raising funds for the Kettering General Hospital (KGH) Charities¹ with the company’s third annual fund raising event at Pitsford Reservoir, Brixworth Country Park on Sunday, 28th June 2015.John Newman Hairdressing Charity Event

The event is for all to enjoy and take part, and you can ‘Walk It! Jog It! Run It! Cycle It!’ and wear whatever you like, from a swanky hat to fancy dress. Over 150 people joined in last year to raise money; all volunteers and spectators are welcome to support and jolly along the participants.

Shirley Newman, Director of John Newman Hairdressing and Beauty, comments: “We had an incredible event last year raising our biggest sum ever. We really hope to encourage many, many more people to take part this year, and to support our local hospital service and staff, for the long-term benefit of us all. We are hoping for continued support from local suppliers, as we are very proud that every penny we raise is donated to the KGH charities.”

There will be lots to see and do on the day. The event will be supported by the Northampton Saints professional rugby union mascot Bernie, while the Waverley Wolf from Kettering Rugby Football club will be parading their new mascot.

There are seven KGH charity funds supported this year; the Breast unit, Cardiology unit, Dermatology unit, Endoscopy unit, Ophthalmology unit, Stroke unit, and for the benefit of the community and staff at KGH, Revive the Recreation Hall Fund. Each will have a stand on the day to raise awareness, and will be on hand to provide information on a variety of topics from bowel and breast screening, to recognising the signs and symptoms of a stroke. In addition there will be a multitude of other activities to encourage and promote a healthier lifestyle including blood pressure monitoring and digital weight analysis.

“We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ahmed Mukhtar, the former Clinical Director of KGH and current High Sherriff of Northamptonshire, will be opening the event. We’d love as many people to come and support us and join in the fun. And for everyone fund raising for the event they will be rewarded with a well-earned medal to acknowledge their tremendous effort.”

Anyone wishing to take part, or donate or to lend a hand on the day please contact Shirley Newman at or donations would be gratefully received via:

Rushden mobile recycling service coming to a street near you this bank holiday

As the Rushden HWRC will be closed on both May bank holidays, East Northamptonshire Council will host a mobile recycling service in and around Rushden and Higham on both 4 May and 25 May. Our trucks and helpful staff will be at the following locations at the times indicated:

• Rectory Road Car Park, Rushden, 9-10.45am
• Saffron Road Car Park, Higham Ferrers, 11am-12.45pm
• Grangeway Shopping Precinct, Rushden, 1-2.45pm

So bring along the following and we’ll dispose of them for you:

 General bagged household waste
 General bagged recyclables – paper, cans, plastic punnets, pots and trays, glass jars & bottles, tins & cans
 Small electrical items – toasters, irons, vacuums etc. Please no larger than what will fit in the boot of a car
 Batteries
 Textiles
 General household items – no larger than what will fit in the boot of a car

We hope that this mobile service will help those who have experienced issues with accessing Rushden HWRC, particularly on a Wednesday morning following the two day closure.

For more information about recycling, visit

To recycle your garden waste, join the Garden Waste Club at

Eye Op Pensioner backs Eye Week – Davis Optician

A Desborough woman has said having a cataract operation was like a “camera lens being focussed” and urged people not to take their eyesight for granted.

Daphne Beasley is backing Northamptonshire Eye Health Awareness Week, which takes place between April 27 to May 2, and is encouraging more people to have sight tests.

The campaign, which is in its second year, has been organised by county firm Davis Optometrists and is being supported by Kettering General Hospital.Daphne Beasley is backing Northamptonshire Eye Health Awareness Week

Daphne had the procedure on her right eye last month and is now looking to have her left eye done.

The 76-year-old said: “I was absolutely amazed, it was just as if the camera lens had been focussed because everything was brighter and sharper. I was worried before having the operation but it was a more pleasant experience than I thought it was going to be.

“Once your sight has gone you can’t get it back, people should look after their eye health and get tested regularly. You don’t realise how important your eyes are until something happens, you take them for granted.”

Latest figures compiled by Davis suggest up to one in seven people in the county have an eye-related condition, with potentially more than 93,000 residents having one of the four major eye diseases.

The healthcare company is supporting the Fight for Sight charity by making a donation for every eye test carried out during the week.

Kim Durden, a partner optometrist and director at Davis, which has three branches across the county, said: “We strongly advise that everyone should have their eyes tested regardless of whether you need prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses.”

Jayshree Menon, clinical lead and consultant ophthalmologist at Kettering General Hospital, said: “The importance of regular eye examinations to detect conditions such as glaucoma and macula degeneration cannot be overestimated.

“Early detection of these conditions can allow effective treatment before permanent and irreversible damage sets in. With new treatments now available for a variety of eye conditions early detection and treatment can prevent loss of useful vision.”

Schools are being encouraged to take part in the week with Davis providing a ready-made assembly presentation for teachers to download.222

Davis, which has branches in Kettering, Thrapston and Rothwell in the county of Northamptonshire, is also staging talks and distributing posters, leaflets and factsheets to children’s centres, GP surgeries, pharmacies and local societies.

For more information and to download the resources, visit

Emma Wynne had a Problem…

Although she loved her job as a HR Manager in a large Mental Health Hospital, she was increasingly finding herself working only on the negative side of HR and really wanted to work in all areas of HR and Learning and Development. She had been offered more hours in her lecturing role at the University but knew this was not enough.
So what to do? Find another job or take heed of all the compliments she had received throughout her HR career at being “the friendly face of HR”, and take the plunge and go it alone.

So in 2007 at just 29 years old with two small children and just one client Gateway HR was born.
8 years on and now employing upwards of 10 staff and growing, with offices here in Northamptonshire and in Yorkshire the expansion continues and Gateway HR now look after a whole range of small and large companies.

Emma has a genuine passion for ensuring HR is ethical and if done right should not be the scary entity that many believe it is. She wanted to be the friendly and approachable face of HR and it’s these original ethics and passion from Emma that inspires this business and all the employees within it.

During this difficult economic time Gateway have been working to support local business’ offering free audits to show companies where they might need help in addition to running free seminars which offer a range of support and advice on topics such as managing absence in your business. They understand that not one size fits all and have a range of bespoke packages to suit every type of help needed. Be it one off advice to monthly on site visits, they truly have something to suit every organisation.

“Our aim is to help and support businesses through any process, which may be employing people for the first time, putting basic information & staff handbooks together, managing a project or a difficult staff situation”

Emma Wynne – Managing Director
So if you are asking yourself ‘Why do companies need an HR Audit?’ Gateway have discovered that sometimes business’ of all sizes find their HR structures don’t help them as much as they could. Gateway have carried out many audits round the county and nationwide, and have found everything from out-of-date policies to processes that needed upgrading and even practises that were frankly illegal.

Small issues get overlooked and turn into big issues, and constant changes in legislation mean that what you thought was fine may not be any more. It’s complicated and failures are rarely deliberate, but they can still cause problems.

Gateway have carried out audits in a wide range of organisations, including foreign company’s opening branches in the UK, new businesses who have no HR structure in place and established companies that were unsure how up to date their processes were. An audit normally takes about an hour; some basic information is needed, like typical employee files, a typical contract, an employee handbook and a copy of the policies and procedures. Gateway will produce a no obligation report, which will give you a comprehensive overview of where you stand – and where you can go.

So even if you are absolutely certain your HR is OK, why not call Gateway HR and they will make sure. It costs you nothing but a small amount of time and maybe a cup of coffee for their consultant.

Gateway HR – Welcome to personable HR!

Click HERE to download the Free HR Audit flyer

Council Dog Warden not to be Sniffed at

A Rushden dog walker was fined £75 this week when he was caught not picking up after his dog on the Greenway.

East Northamptonshire Council’s Dog Warden issued a fixed penalty notice when she witnessed the man leaving behind his German Shepherd’s mess near Crown Way, Rushden.

The man believed that if it wasn’t on a tarmac path then it wasn’t an offence.

Dog Warden at East Northamptonshire Council, Carenza Black, said: “Not picking up after your dog has fouled is an offence anywhere in an open space that the public have a right of access to. Paths, pavements, parks, roads and verges are all covered by the law and enforcement will take place whenever we have the evidence to support it.”Running dog on green grass

Carenza, who often patrols the Greenway in Rushden, wants to remind residents that not noticing your dog foul or not having a bag to pick up the mess is no excuse.

“Dog walkers should always have a supply of bags with them, because you just never know when you’ll need one,” she added.

Carenza patrols the district five times a week to enforce the dog control orders in place. So far this year, six dog owners have received fixed penalties for not keeping their dogs on leads.

The waste management team is also busy targeting the environmental criminals in East Northants. Since January, three people received fixed penalties of £75 each for littering from cars and 10 cases of flytipping are under active investigation.1972270_10152348864207518_755103439_n

Please go to to find out about our waste management service. For more information on dog fouling and to report an instance, visit Responsible dog owners are invited to join our Green Dog Club. Find out more at or call 01832 742068.

Did you know?

• It is an offence to allow a dog to foul and not clean it up under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, section 67.
• East Northamptonshire Council has implemented four dog control orders, these are:
– Failing to remove dog faeces
– Not keeping a dog on a lead
– Not putting, and keeping, a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
– Allowing a dog onto land from which dogs are excluded

Job Spot – Advertising Manager

We’re looking for some help on Nene Local Magazine – It’s a really fun site to work on!

The role would see you self employed and working on a commission only basis, but for the right candidate 40% commission is available.

You would have local (East Northants) knowledge and enjoy talking to people at all levels, the role would include selling advertisements on Nene Local and some writing of articles too – Full training given. Plus a list of initial leads would be provided to get you started.

You can choose your own hours entirely.

If you want to find out more email and let me know your skills and experience and why you’d like to get involved!



Val Adaway invites you to the Discount Club


Val Adaway introduced us to the two arms of Utility Warehouse Discount Club.

Firstly we discovered how much you can save on all your utility bills, such as gas, electricity, phone, WiFi and many more.  Plus there is a cash back card so as you shop you can earn money off the already reduced bills!  We were keen to talk to Val of course!

What’s more, if you are looking to earn an extra income, return to work or run your own business then Val has the answer for that too. Utility Warehouse Discount Club offers a great business opportunity ad we think Val Adaway is the best person to speak to, as she’s been running her own UWDC for around seven years now.

To find out more about either saving money or making money (or both!) just click on the images below and find out more.

However, our top tip to you would be to call and speak with Val before you sign up, she’ll talk you through it all and ensure you don’t miss out on anything good.  Val is happy to do the leg-work in swapping your utilities to take the worry away from you, and she’ll do home visits so you don’t even have to change out of your slippers!

CLICK on the images below, then call Val on 07853 189194 or email her and she can call you back




You can also find out more by attending the Kettering Park Hotel on the 13th May and the 2nd Wednesday of every single month, where you don’t have to take Val’s word for it, come along and meet top company speakers and hear more about Utility Warehouse Discount Club.

Thrapston & District Branch of the Royal British Legion – St George’s Day Ceremony

A short ceremony to mark St George’s Day 23 April 2015 will be held by the Thrapston Branch of the Royal British Legion at the new External War Memorial in Coronation Gardens, Thrapston, Northamptonshire to Commence at 09:30 hrs

All members of the Town Council and Churches and representatives of the town are warmly welcomed to join us for this 10-15 minute service to honour St George and remember all from our town who died under his banner serving our country on the field of battle.