Public Spaces Protection Order (North Northamptonshire Council) (Dog Control) Order 2023

Closed 28 Sep 2023

Opened 31 Aug 2023

Feedback updated 14 Feb 2024

We asked

NNC sought the views on the review of the content of three separate Dog Control PSPOs currently in place in the form legacy district and borough council areas (East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough) and incorporate the Corby area into one overall PSPO relating to Dog Control.

A PSPO allows the council to enforce key restrictions including dog exclusion in all fenced children’s play areas, county wide controls on dog fouling, dogs on lead orders in places such as cemeteries and the ability to request dogs to be placed on leads when required.

Proposed changes included:

  • Remove the requirement that dogs must be kept on a lead no more than 1.5m in length in prescribed areas – currently this is only within the Kettering area.
  • Remove the restriction that a person may not take more than 6 dogs onto any land at any time – currently this is only within the Kettering area.
  • Elements of the existing orders are replicated to cover the former Corby Borough Council area, including dog exclusion from all enclosed or fenced off children’s play areas, dog fouling control and a requirement to have dogs on leads in certain areas such as churches and cemeteries.

You said

There were 72 responses to the online survey with 72% of respondents strongly agreeing or agreeing with the contents of the proposed PSPO.

Several representations were made in relation to additional considerations, including Fermyn Woods, Irchester main hub area and Corby areas. Full details can be found in the consultation appendix as part of the Executive papers for the Executive meeting held on 16 November 2023.

We did

The draft Public Spaces Protection Order (Dog Control) Order 2023 was approved by Executive on 16 November 2023 and is now in force. Full details can be found on the NNC website PSPO page.


North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) has recently consulted on a local authority wide Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Dog Control to ensure consistency across the area, harmonise existing orders and continue to address dog related anti-social behaviour. Legacy orders in Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants are due to expire in November 2023, with no order currently in place for Corby.

The results of the consultation which ran from 22 June 2023 until midnight on 3 August 2023 informed the development of the following draft PSPO:

Public Spaces Protection Order (North Northamptonshire Council) (Dog Control) Order 2023

The PSPO covers the following:

  • Dogs fouling on land
  • Dogs on leads in certain identified areas of public land
  • Dogs on lead upon request
  • Dog exclusion in certain areas of public land

An order has not been made to restrict the number of dogs that can be taken onto land.

You are invited to share your views on the draft Public Space Protection Order by completing our short survey via the link below, or by post to:

Environmental Protection
Swanspool House
Doddington Road

Alternatively, if you would like the survey in another format please email or ring 0300 126 3000.

This consultation closes at midnight on 28 September 2023.

For information about how consultation and engagement responses are managed, please see the consultation and engagement privacy notice.


  • Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)
  • Health, leisure and parks
  • Planning and building control
  • Public Health