Opposition against plans to build 132 homes on former Northampton middle school

Plans have been submitted to build 132 homes on the former Parklands Middle School site, which has been untouched since a deal collapsed in 2007.

Thursday, 28th June 2018, 8:06 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 4:50 pm
Proposed plans. Credit: The Environment Partnership

In 2007, Northamptonshire County Council announced it had agreed plans to sell the Parklands Middle School site to house builder, Barratt.

Now, in papers submitted to the Guildhall this month by Northamptonshire County Council, documents say the proposed development on Devon Way in Spinney Hill would provide 20 sheltered accomodation units, which would be delivered by 14 flats and 6 bungalows.

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Parklands Middle School now stands empty.

A further 14 bungalows would be built for families with disabled children and 12 other homes would be either social or intimidiate housing.

One resident who opposed to the plans said: "The roads would become gridlocked due to the increased traffic.

“There is currently a problem with the amount of traffic in and out of the estate via Coppice Drive and Spinney Hill Road area.

"Traffic going out frequently queues as far back as the bottom of Oulton Rise from the traffic lights at Kettering Road in the mornings and afternoons around school hours due to the two schools in Parklands estate.”

Many residents have also submitted their concerns over Parklands Primary School being “oversubscribed."

Two green spaces on the plot of land have also been proposed, one to the west of Goodwood Avenue and the other adjacent to the sheltered accomodation in Devon Way - with plans for a play area off-site.

Another resident added: "This kind of expansion to the estate will cause a number of issues to the local community.

“These include: increasing traffic (although an assessment was done, this didn't include the school leaving times, which is one of the worst times to drive in the area).”

Access points will be in Devon Way and Goodwood Avenue.

In submitted documents councillor Mike Hallam (Parklands and Spinney Hill) added how he will be formally objecting to this application and wants it to be heard by the planning committee.