Hundreds of homes could be built in Desborough

New housing development land in Desborough
New housing development land in Desborough

Plans for a new housing estate in a growing town have moved forward with the site’s developers asking for planning permission for 165 homes.

The application for outline planning permission has been submitted for land just off Harborough Road, in Desborough, and developers Hallam Land Management Ltd hope to create a housing estate consisting of 165 homes.

The site, which is currently farmland, will span 6.8 hectares and will include about 50 homes that are affordable.

The site will also include a play area for families, and developers claim the site will be easily accessed from the roundabout on Harborough Road.

The application follows hot on the heels of another proposal which received outline permission in January for 700 homes in the north of Desborough in a plan dubbed the Grange Phase Two.

Hallam Land Management launched their plans for their estate in Harborough Road earlier this year at a public exhibition.

Cllr Mark Dearing, who represents the Loatland ward where the estate could be built, said: “The more the merrier housing, as long as it is controlled building.

“Housing is not being built at the moment.

“It will increase the size and population of Desborough and looking at the plans, it looks like quite a nicely designed site, none of the houses are squashed together.

“It’s a development that will help with the regeneration of Desborough and will help the borough as a whole.

“Any large development should necessitate S106 money for the town’s infastructure and the regeneration of the town centre.”

A range of terraced, detached, and semi-detached homes are planned, in a variety of sizes.

People have had their say

Hallam Land Management launched the plans with an open exhibition held at the town’s Marlowe House, in Gold Street, on May 10 this year.

The firm held a question and answer session at the event, as well as making public the designs for the estate.

A total of 60 residents attended the showing.

Concern was raised at the meeting about the effect the new housing will have on nearby homes, with extra traffic, as well as a loss of open space and negative effects the estate could have on wildlife.

The firm reviewed the application following this consultation, and have designed the estate so that no access can be made to it from housing to the south of the land, a move which the firm claims will prevent build-up of extra traffic.

The developers have also said they will provide green space on the estate closer to Harborough Road.

Many of the comments given by locals stressed the need for family housing and affordable homes in Desborough.