Application goes in for 350 homes on edge of Northamptonshire town

The site of a proposed 350 homes off Gipsy Lane, Kettering
The site of a proposed 350 homes off Gipsy Lane, Kettering

Building work on 350 homes on the edge of Kettering has taken a step nearer with the submission of a formal planning application.

Kettering Council has received the application from the Peterborough Diocesan Board Of Finance, which owns the land between Gipsy Lane and the A14, for outline planning permission for a residential development of up to 350 dwellings and associated access.

Nearby residents have until Tuesday, August 11, to make comments on the plans, and the council has set itself a target date of October 13 to make a decision.

In an earlier letter to the council Carter Jonas, agent for the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance, revealed information about the scheme such as that the development would also include a small retail unit as well as a number of open spaces.

Kettering Council’s housing allocation plan suggested that the site would be able to accommodate about 480 homes.

However, Carter Jonas suggest in its letter that 350 is a more realistic number.

It adds: “The site is considerably restrained by the presence of the A14 on the western boundary.

“The extent of ‘developable’ land is somewhat restricted.

“The proposed 350 units is more realistic in terms of both constraints and good masterplanning.”

In March a public exhibition was held by Carter Jonas at the nearby Wrenn Spinney School to give residents an opportunity to see the plans.