Developer behind plans for 530 houses near Corby hits back at councillor’s concerns

Cllr Sims says the plans would enlarge the area into Great Oakley.
Cllr Sims says the plans would enlarge the area into Great Oakley.

The developer behind plans for up to 530 houses to be built on land to the south of Corby’s Oakley Vale estate has hit back at a councillor’s concerns that traffic would be too much for the area.

Last week the Northants Telegraph covered Cllr David Sims’ opposition to the plans, after he felt plans hadn’t changed enough since a consultation earlier this year.

He felt proposed access routes from Lewin Road and Bennett Road were too narrow and would cause problems for residents.

If approved the site would also see a community centre, primary school site and other associated works.

Applicant Great Oakley Farms says the plans have been sensitively designed to help Corby achieve its goal of extra housing.

If approved, it is anticipated that construction would start in mid 2017.

A Great Oakley Farms spokesman said: “We disagree with Cllr Sims’ comments – we’ve had consent for a science park since pre-2008 but that is no longer viable.

“In fact, if the science park was to be built that he was more in favour of, it would have had a bigger impact on traffic than our residential scheme.

“Most of the site is not greenfield and has previously been disturbed through the Oakley quarrying and associated railway sidings in the past.

“The proposed development will help to make the area more accessible for people with footpaths and cycle routes connecting to existing networks.

“This application is key to achieving Corby’s long-term goal of doubling in size and has been sensitively designed to include nature.

“If approved 40 to 45 houses would be built per year over 12 years to allow time for each neighbourhood to settle – we’re trying to build a community, we’re not building a drop in the sky development.

“We want to design it well and leave a legacy that enhances the community.

“Traffic is always an issue but that will be assessed and the planning authority will make a decision.”

There will be contributions through the Section 106 agreement, the New Homes Bonus and Council Tax receipts.

Project manager Ian Smith said: ““We’re really grateful to everyone who commented on the proposals as part of our public consultation earlier this year.

“The updated plans include an accompanying Environmental Statement, together with some small design changes which include improvements to the proposed second access on Lewin Road.

“Construction would start on the eastern side of the development, and only when this has been completed would we open up the western side and create the proposed second access via Lewin Road.”