Plans for 1,000 homes outside a Northampton village are recommended for approval

Plans for more than 1,000 homes just outside of Collingtree have been refused by planning officers.
Plans for more than 1,000 homes just outside of Collingtree have been refused by planning officers.

Outline plans to build 1,000 homes outside of Collingtree have been recommended for approval by Northampton Borough Council, only days after the council members lodged an objection to the principle of developing the same land.

The plan by developers Bovis Homes Limited on a 240-acre site to the north west of the village also include a ‘mixed use local centre’, a site for a primary school, open green space and a re-configuration and extension of Collingtree Park Golf Course.

The homes would be accessed through Windingbrook Lane and Rowtree Road, which many fear would cause traffic congestion as the plan proposes an increase of 6,000 traffic movements per day.

Alongside the outline plan for 1,000 homes, Bovis has also lodged a full application for 378 homes on part of the sitem, including a re-configuration of part of the Collingtree Park Golf Course and a new temporary hole 17.

In papers set to go before next Wednesday’s planning committee the report recommends both applications are approved, providing 30 separate conditions are met.

The report reads: “The site is located in a sustainable location on the edge of Northampton, which will be adequately served by the necessary infrastructure and it is considered that the environmental and highway impacts can be adequately mitigated or reduced to an acceptable degree.”

However at Monday night’s full council meeting, the authority lodged a formal objection to such a development on that land. The area is outlined as suitable for development in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core strategy.

Cabinet member for planning and regeneration, Councillor Tim Hadland, (Con, Old Duston) said on Monday: “Quite clearly Collingtree is not sustainable, in terms of educational provision, pollution, flooding, you name it.”

Several objections have been lodged alongside Bovis Homes Limited plans.

Stacey and Richard Parker of Collingtree Park, said the houses would create “a massive increase in noise,” as well as increasing pollution and traffic congestion.

They said it would also “turn the local environment from a beautiful golf course into a concrete jungle.”

Several of the objectors said the site would massively increase the flood risk in Collingtree.

An August Avenue resident wrote: “Although the Bovis proposals include measures aimed at dealing with the history of flooding to the immediate development land, the impact of the development on wider flooding threats and water course flows along Wootton Brook...must also be considered.”

The plans will go before the borough council planning committee at the Guildhall, Northampton, at 6pm on Wednesday, January 28.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “At full council we considered the Joint Core Strategy and the full impact of the plan on our town, and decided not to support it until necessary changes were made.

“Next week the planning committee will be considering a specific planning application in isolation and will look at the details of that application against the requirements set out by planning legislation and national regulations before making their decision.”