Plans to build 18 new homes on part of a former haulage yard in Roade have been refused over concerns the application would result in a loss of employment opportunities and affordable housing.
South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) Development Control Committee agreed with an officer’s recommendation to refuse planning permission to build 18 new homes on part of the former Chaplins Transport Haulage Yard located off Stratford Road, Roade.
The application site lies alongside a much wider residential development on Chaplins Yard comprising 105 homes, which has previously been granted planning permission by SNC and is currently under construction.
As part of that application, planning permission was granted on the basis that the site retained an area of land for an employment site and also provided an adequate level of affordable housing to be policy compliant.
Councillor Roger Clarke, portfolio holder for planning and environment, said: “In 2011, The Roade Masterplan identified that provision should be made for employment development on the Chaplins Yard site
“Roade in the past has had large employment sites, and this part of the former haulage yard remains one of the last opportunities in the village for employment.
“As there was insufficient evidence from the applicant to justify why this site is not viable, the council has agreed to refuse the application for change-of-use.”
Other reasons for refusal included the omission of developer contributions to local infrastructure, insufficient information on drainage, and an inadequate level of car parking.