County council bids to build 195 homes on former Northampton middle school land

A bid for 195 homes on the former Kingsthorpe Middle School site has been re-submitted, but nearby residents fear the development will cause traffic chaos.

A bid for 195 homes on the former Kingsthorpe Middle School site has been re-submitted, but nearby residents fear the development will cause traffic chaos.

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Developers wanting to build close to 200 homes on a former middle school site in Northampton will argue their case again at a planning committee next week.

Northamptonshire County Council saw a bid to convert the land once home to Kingsthorpe Middle School in Northfield Way, into 230 houses turned down in February.

A Northampton borough council planning committee put the kybosh on the scheme because it feared the development would add to the traffic gridlock in Kingsthorpe.

But now the county council has lodged a reduced application for 195 homes, which has been deemed as acceptable in principle by planning officers.

A report on the application reads: “The proposed development represents the efficient and sustainable reuse of this previously developed site and in addition the proposal would contribute towards addressing the established need for housing within the Borough.”

As the bid is currently only in outline form, no detailed layouts have been submitted at this stage. Cars would access the housing development at the junction between Penfold Close and Northfield Way and there would be a pedestrian access in Liddington Way.

But despite the proposal being for a reduced number of homes, objections have been lodged in relation to the traffic it would create.

One Penfold Close resident wrote: “My fear is that although the old site os obviously going to be used for housing, a potential 195 houses is far too many.

That is a potential 400 cars going through the already grid locked Kingsthorpe.”

The Kingsthorpe Middle School was deemed surplus to requirements shortly after the re-organisation of school provision in Northamptonshire and closed in 2007.

Part of the land was developed as a children’s centre in 2009.