Plan for 380 new homes in Northampton thrown out... but 1,000 house will be built nearby

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A housing estate of 380 houses in Northampton has been ruled out by a planning inspector, despite a developer’s appeal.

But residenst of Collingtree were not celebrating long after hearing that the same inspector had allowed Bovis Homes’ appeal on a 1,000-home development nearby, meaning it will be built.

The decisions on the site -which is south of Rowtree Road and west of Windingbrook Lane - mark the end of a long process of repeated planning applications over several years.

The smaller development - referred to as ‘Appeal B’ - would have seen a new access from Windingbrook Lane and the reconfiguration of part of the Collingtree Park Golf Course, including a new temporary hole 17, demolition of all

existing buildings.

The larger ‘Appeal A’ estate - formally called Northampton South Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) - will feature local centre, a site for a primary school, green open space, the extension of Collingtree Park Golf Course and new road access off Windingbrook Lane

Colin Ball, the planning inspector, said: “The Appeal A site represents part of the planned expansion of the town and is a key element in the provision of new housing to meet a pressing need.”

Addressing Appeal B, he said: “It would result in harm to the historic environment and, through the shortfall in noise mitigation measures, applicable to the whole site, would not provide acceptable living conditions for future residents. “These are critical faults.”

Meanwhile, not all Collingtree residents are convinced that all of the plans will be enacted.

Rod Sellers, of the Hunsbury and Collingtree Resident’s Alliance, said: “ It remains to be seen if Bovis, after eight years of trying, still think the scheme is viable.”

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