This page provides publications and background documents that relate to the progress towards unitary councils in Northamptonshire.  These documents have been replied upon in developing the new Council.

Prospectus for Change - the next chapter

The new Safe and Legal Plus approach for the unitary preparations in Northamptonshire

Prospectus for Change

An integrated plan for Local Government Reform and Transformation in Northamptonshire.

Blueprints for North Northamptonshire

This is the detailed blueprint for North Northamptonshire’s new unitary council


This glossary is intended to help explain some of the terms and acronyms used in work relating to local government reform and the creation of two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire.

Submission Documents

Letter to Secretary of State 31/08/18

Proposal for Local Government Reform in Northamptonshire – letter to James Brokenshire MP – 31/8/18.

Northamptonshire Local Government Reform proposal

Submitted to government on 31/8/18.

PricewaterhouseCoopers report on Northamptonshire Local Government Reform

PwC report prepared for Northamptonshire’s local authorities in response to the Secretary of State’s invitation to submit a proposal to move to a single tier of local government.

ORS report (consultation) on Northamptonshire Local Government ReformLetter to Secretary of State 31/08/18

Northants Local Government Reform Consultation Report by Opinion Research Services


Thank you for taking part in the consultation on the design of future local government in Northants

July 2018: Northamptonshire’s eight local authorities jointly thank all the people who have taken part in the recent consultation on local government reform in the county.

Future Northants External Engagement Strategy

The external engagement strategy sets out the principles for engagement and consultation with internal stakeholders in the Future Northants programme

Important consultation – have your say to help us design the future of local government

June 2018: Consultation on a re-structure of local government in Northamptonshire begins, with opportunities for all residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county to have their say.

Future Northants Internal Engagement Strategy

The internal engagement strategy sets out the principles for engagement and consultation with internal stakeholders in the Future Northants programme

Background Documents

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government launches consultation on unitary proposal and announces postponement of elections

November 2018: Consultation by the Secretary of State (SoS) over plans to restructure local government in Northamptonshire which could include two unitary authorities has started.

Government written statement re: unitary proposal consultation and elections - item 6

Made by James Brokenshire (Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) on 14 May 2019.

Variation to the deadline date

Announcement from Paul Rowsell delaying date for invitation for proposals for a single tier of local government, from 27 July 2018 to 31 August 2018.

Deloitte report into local government reform

Phase 2: Strategic options case for the future of public services

Northamptonshire councils: invitation to restructure

March 2018: Letter inviting principal councils in Northamptonshire to submit proposals for unitary structures.

Sajid Javid statement

March 2018: Statement by the Communities Secretary on the independent inspection report on Northamptonshire County Council.

Max Caller report on NCC

Northamptonshire County Council Best Value Inspection: January – March 2018

Luke Hall MP letter to Leaders

September 2019: Statement by the Minister for Local Government and Homelessness on Establishing Unitary Local Government in Northamptonshire.

Paul Rowsell letter to Chief Executives

September 2019: Letter by Paul Rowsell to Northamptonshire Chief Executives to outline a draft structural changes order.

Equality Impact Assessments (EqIA)