Joint committee due to discuss design stage for unitary proposals

Councillors steering forward proposals for a West Northamptonshire unitary council will discuss arrangements for designing the authority’s new services at their next meeting early next month.

Members of the West Northamptonshire Joint Committee will meet at Daventry District Council on Monday, 3 February from 6pm to consider the latest updates on the Future Northants programme, the work to create two new unitaries in Northamptonshire on 1 April 2021.

Among the reports to the Committee is a briefing on the latest stage of the programme work – known as the Design Phase – which started this month and runs throughout the spring to begin drafting how the services for the new unitary councils might be designed.

Programme staff are working with colleagues from across the eight authorities and Leaders and Chief Executives towards creating a ‘Straw Man’ – a planning project term for an early draft design model for the new services. Once complete, this will then be refined and worked on further to create draft blueprints, which will then be ready for new shadow authorities, once set up, to consider.

At the meeting councillors will also receive a financial monitoring report charting the latest position for the projected costs and savings of the programme.

The meeting on 3 February starts at 6pm in the Council Chamber at DDC’s offices in Lodge Road, Daventry and is open to the public. Agendas and reports are available at

Members of the public wishing to register to speak at the meeting should contact or call 01604 837722.

The West Northamptonshire Joint Committee is made up of 16 councillors representing Northampton, Daventry District, South Northamptonshire councils and the County Council.