Fifty homes planned for old Timken site in Northampton

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Developers have revealed plans to build up to 50 new houses, a restaurant and 15 commercial units on a remaining section of the former British Timken site in Northampton.

Derbyshire-based firm, Clowes Developments, has applied to Northampton Borough Council for permission to develop the 15-acre site near Bants Lane, in Duston.

The developers claimed proposals for the scheme had been welcomed by people living close to the site.

They said: “The proposed development has generally been welcomed by the local community who are keen to see this vacant site redeveloped and local jobs delivered into the area.”

It is expected that the development site would be split into 12 acres of employment use, two acres of housing and one acre set aside for a restaurant.

A new spine road would also be built through the centre of the site. It has not yet been revealed which business will fill the commercial units or the restaurant, but Clowes said they hoped the restaurant, which would have 97 parking spaces, would act as a ‘gateway’ to the development.

Members of the borough council’s planning committee are due to make a final decision on whether or not the scheme should be given the go ahead by March next year.

The British Timken roller bearing factory closed in 2002, a year after the firm’s American owners announced closure plans. The closure marked the end of an era which had begun in the 1940s and had once seen Timken employ more than 4,000 people, making it Northampton’s largest employer.