Developer set to appeal after plans for 1,000 new homes in Northampton were rejected

Traffic congestion on the A45 was one of the main reasons 1,000 homes at Collingtree were refused in January.
Traffic congestion on the A45 was one of the main reasons 1,000 homes at Collingtree were refused in January.
  • Northampton Borough Council turned down plans for 1,000 new homes near Collingtree
  • Campaigners produced 1,500-name petition against the scheme
  • Developers Bovis Homes Ltd set to appeal decision

Developers who saw their plan to build 1,000 homes on the edge of Collingtree refused by Northampton Borough Council in January are due to launch an appeal.

Bovis Homes Ltd’s proposals would have taken place on a 240-acre site to the north-west of the village including part of Collingtree Park Golf Course and would have been accessed via Windingbrook Lane and Rowtree Road.

From what we know the council is committed to upholding its rejection of the Hardingstone and Collingtree bids

Chairman of the Hardingstone Action Group, Adrian Bell

It would have also featured a ‘mixed use local centre’ and a primary school, as well as a mixture of two to five bedroom houses – 15 per cent of which would be affordable.

But members of the planning committee objected that many of these homes would be too close to the M1, some as near as 50 metres, causing a risk of noise and air pollution to the residents.

However, a paper set to go to tonight’s planning committee meeting states that Bovis “has indicated that they intend to lodge an appeal with the Planning inspectorate against the council’s decision to refuse the applications”.

The report adds that an appeal would likely be dealt with by way of a public inquiry.

As part of the appeals process the council is obliged to co-operate with Bovis to agree a set of ‘section 106’ terms which would only come into force should the developer’s appeal be successful.

Such terms would ensure the developers set aside funds for planning sweeteners in the local area in terms of healthcare, primary school provision and secondary school transport among others.

Another plan by Bovis Ltd to build 1,300 homes at Hardingstone, which would effectively join up to the Colingtree development, is set to go before a nine- day planning inquiry on June 16 in the Captain’s Suite of Northampton Saints Rugby Club.

Chairman of the Hardingstone Action Group, Adrian Bell, believed both sets of residents fighting the respective plans could be optimistic of winning in the appeal hearing after 1,500 people signed a petition against both of Bovis’s plans.

He said: “From what we know the council is committed to upholding its rejection of the Hardingstone and Collingtree bids. I assume the council will put their weight behind the inquiries.”