Housing plans for two former Northampton school sites

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Two former school sites, which have stood empty for years, could soon be turned into housing estates.

In 2004, Northamptonshire County Council scrapped Northampton’s middle schools and declared the sites ‘surplus to requirements’.

At the height of the property boom, a deal was done to sell 16 of the sites to house developer Barratt for more than £90 million. But when the recession hit, that deal fell through and the majority of sites have since stood empty.

The council has now revealed plans to bring forward housing developments on the former Kingsthorpe Middle School, off Welford Road, and the Northampton Middle School, of Whiston Road, both in Kingsthorpe.

The scheme on the Kingsthorpe Middle site would see 230 houses built while the Northampton Middle School site would have 170 houses.

Plans submitted to Northampton Borough Council said the Northampton Middle School site would have an impact on traffic in the wider area. They said: “The potential impact of the development is likely to be limited to visual effects of the development on adjacent properties, possible limited disturbance due to dust and noise during construction, and the effects of traffic on the local highway network during construction and operation of the proposed development.”

Plans for the Kingsthorpe Middle School site also said the development would have the potential to ‘give rise to adverse traffic, air quality and amenity effects’ but that these would be fully examined.

Both plans will be looked at by the borough council over the coming weeks.