Plan for 140 homes submitted on former Northampton roller-bearing factory site

The site proposed site layout. Credit: David Coles Architects Ltd.
The site proposed site layout. Credit: David Coles Architects Ltd.

New proposals have been submitted to the borough council to build more homes on the old British Timken site in Northampton.

The site, which sits to the north of Timken Grange Care Home and the Poppy Field Farm pub, could soon accommodate 140 homes - including 14 affordable two and three bedroom houses - if the scheme is approved.

John Caswell.

John Caswell.

Councillor John Caswell chairman of Duston Parish Council said: "Duston is a growing area and there is clearly a need for more housing, but it is vital that proper infrastructure is in place to support that.

"The parish council's planning committee will be looking at the plans closely and will be doing everything it can to make sure that the development benefits and enhances our local area."

The entrance to the site is from the junction between Bants Lane, Tollgate Way and Duston Road.

Planning documents say all houses, which will be from two to five bedroom homes, have on-plot parking where possible or will be given shared allocated parking close by.

The British Timken roller bearing factory closed in 2002, a year after the firm’s American owners announced plans to shut it. In 2005 the 67-acre former site in Duston was sold to Bellway Homes to make way for hundreds of new properties.

At its height, Timken employed more than 4,000 people, making it Northampton’s largest employer.