Developer planning to build 82-house estate on former Northampton school land

Westleigh Homes wants to build 82 houses on the site of a former middle school in Kingsthorpe.
Westleigh Homes wants to build 82 houses on the site of a former middle school in Kingsthorpe.
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The first full set of plans to turn a former middle school in Northampton into a housing estate has been submitted to the borough council, two years after outline permission was granted.

Westleigh Homes, which was founded in 1985 and has a number of new sites across the East Midlands, has submitted a full bid to build 82 houses on the site of the former Green Oaks Middle School in Bective Road, Kingsthorpe.

Originally developers put forward outline plans to build 170 new houses on the site, which has been vacant since 2006.

The outline permission was granted on September 30 of that year.

It means Westleigh’s scheme, for a mix of two and three bed houses, four single bed flats and “high quality amenity space,” will be the first of two applications to build on the land.

A transport statement submitted by Banners Gate Transportation Limited, states: “The planning application has created an interest from developers and house builders.

“Consequently the site would be divided into two parts.

“The southern site would be developed by Westleigh, consisting of a mix of private and affordable dwellings with access from Bective Road.

“The northern site would be developed by another business interest in due course using the access from Whiston Road.”

In previous years residents’ groups in Kingsthorpe have expressed fears of the cumulative effect so many recently approved new homes schemes could have on traffic along the Harborough Road.

The transport assessment states that, as the site was a school up until 2006, the road network will be able to cope with the extra burden of traffic.

Public consultation on the scheme will be open until Friday, September 2.