Plans for more than 100 homes on land in Northamptonshire

Developers want to build 102 homes in Northampton Road, Wellingborough
Developers want to build 102 homes in Northampton Road, Wellingborough

Plans for more than 100 homes on land in the county are to be considered by councillors this week.

Hampton Brook Ltd has submitted an outline planning application for land adjacent to 199, Northampton Road, in Wellingborough to be developed for residential use.

The plans were deferred at a meeting in September, but will be looked at again by Wellingborough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday after a site visit by committee members.

The proposal is for permission for up to 102 new homes with access only to be agreed at this stage.

All other matters including appearance, landscaping, layout and scale are to be submitted at a later date.

However, documents to be considered by the committee say the proposed development could comprise of up to 102 homes of mixed tenure and type, a new play area, an area of public open space, new footpaths and existing areas of open land to become meadows.

The applicant has proposed that 30 per cent of the homes are to be affordable housing and the houses would be a mix of two, three, four and five-bed homes.

Several letters of support have been received, with reasons including the development is long overdue, the site is wasted space and not pleasant to look at, affordable housing is needed and the new development would be beneficial to the local community.

But there have also been objections.

More than a dozen neighbours have raised objections, with reasons including traffic and highway safety, privacy, odour and noise, loss of light and impact on local facilities such as schools.

Wilby Parish Council has said it neither objects or supports, but has expressed concerns over traffic and routing and surface water drainage and flooding.

The recommendation of the council’s planning officer is to refuse the plans, and its report states: “The council considers that the proposed development could be located at an alternative location and that there is a long term demand for the area of open space.

“Whilst the benefit of additional housing within the defined town boundary is welcomed, the harm resulting from the loss of important open spaces and nature conservation areas is considered to far outweigh the intended benefit.

“It is also considered that the proposal would significantly and demonstrably affect the character and setting of the town.”

The outline planning application will be considered by councillors at the meeting starting at 7pm on Wednesday, October 7, at Swanspool House in Wellingborough.