Developers line up for 4,000-home site in Northamptonshire

Work could be under way on Daventry's urban extension with a couple of years, as developers start discussions over the huge site.

Tuesday, 3rd May 2016, 12:26 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd May 2016, 1:29 pm
The site of the SUE outlined in red. The green buffers around the edge of the homes is also shown.

Up to 4,000 homes could be built on the land stretching between Daventry Country Park and the A5.

As well as homes, the development will include schools, community facilities, shops and other amenities.

The land is owned by Christchurch College in Oxford – the college’s ownership dates back to Henry VIII handing it part of the site.

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Christchurch College also owned the land that the Southbrook is now built on.

Discussions are currently taking place with house builders Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, and Davidsons.

A new masterplan for the site is expected late this summer, with development of the first phase of new homes expected within two years.

The project is so big it will take years to complete – half the homes are expected to be built by 2029.

Norton and Welton parish councils are being updated on progress by the team behind the plans.

Concerns raised so far include questions from Norton Parish Council about the impact of the new homes on the B4036/A5 junction which is already busy at peak times as it is the main link between Daventry and the train station in Long Buckby.

The urban extension site runs along the B4036 Daventry-Long Buckby Wharf road.

Green boundaries have been set out to act as a buffer between the new estate and Daventry Country Park, and nearby Norton.

Part of the green space around the new homes may form part of an extension to Daventry Country Park, similar to that on Monksmoor Park off Welton Lane.

The Churchfields site was originally put forward almost 25 years ago, and more recently a planning application was turned down by a planning inspector due to the lack of capacity on the link between Daventry and junction 16 of the M1.

The Flore/Weedon bypass, now under construction, means this site and potentially others will be opened up for development.

Daventry District Council backs the SUE saying concentrating homes in Daventry means the town will get better facilities for the district.