Plan to build even more new homes instead of park and ride scheme at major Northampton housing development recommended for approval

Initial proposal for care home also looks set to be scrapped at Buckton Fields

By Jack Duggan
Wednesday, 3rd February 2021, 11:32 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd February 2021, 12:06 pm

A proposal to build another 85 homes instead of a park and ride scheme and care home at a large housing development near Northampton has been recommended for approval.

Northamptonshire County Council wants to change its plans for Buckton Fields, which has been allocated for 1,050 properties in total.

The transport scheme is now considered unsuitable and the care home is thought to be no longer required so the council wants to put more houses there instead.

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The masterplan for the 1,050-home Buckton Fields development near Boughton, with the 85-property plot highlighted on the left

There would also be a hectare of employment land, half a hectare smaller than originally planned, and public open space on the land off Welford Road near Boughton.

Daventry District Council's planning officer says: "The proposed development would comply with the development plan in all material respects and there are no material considerations that would indicate otherwise.

"The absence of a five-year housing land supply in the Northampton related development area is a material consideration that would weigh in favour of the proposed development.

"It is therefore considered that with the imposition of appropriate conditions, planning permission should be granted, subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement to deliver the planning obligations necessary to mitigate the impact of the development."

The principle of the development was agreed in 2011 so there are no objections to this application but concerns have been raised about the lack of community facilities by Boughton Parish Council.

Councillors will discuss the proposal during a planning committee on Wednesday (February 10).