Kettering flats plan given go-ahead

Kettering councillors have approved plans for new flats on the site of a former garage on the corner of Lower Street and Railway View, near Northfield Avenue and Prospect House health centre

Kettering councillors have approved plans for new flats on the site of a former garage on the corner of Lower Street and Railway View, near Northfield Avenue and Prospect House health centre

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Councillors have approved plans for new flats to be built near Kettering town centre – but warned traffic problems would be likely to increase.

Kettering Council’s planning committee decided this week that plans for 28 apartments on the site of the former garage on the corner of Railway View and Lower Street, near Northfield Avenue, should be given the go-ahead.

Kettering councillors have approved plans for new flats on the site of a former garage on the corner of Lower Street and Railway View, near Northfield Avenue and Prospect House health centre

Kettering councillors have approved plans for new flats on the site of a former garage on the corner of Lower Street and Railway View, near Northfield Avenue and Prospect House health centre

The new development would be similar in style to other recent projects, which include the Prospect House medical centre and the flats at Mariners Way.

Committee member Cllr Terry Freer said: “They all fit together like a family, with the same kind of approach as far as design is concerned.”

But he said traffic would have to be controlled in a more effective way than it was on the road at present.

Cllr David Bishop agreed, but added the project would help address a shortage of one-bedroom homes in the borough.

Meanwhile, the committee rejected plans for a temporary stone storage site at Junction 3 of the A14 at Rothwell.

In 2012, planning inspectors gave the green light to a truck stop nearby, and applicant Pegasus Group wanted the storage site to be used for two years as part of the building process for the truck stop.

Plans for the stone storage had been opposed by members of the public attending the meeting, with Rothwell town councillor Karl Sumpter saying: “Rothwell continues to draw the short straw on development.”

Councillors, who voted down the plans by three votes to two, rejected the proposals on the grounds it would be an inappropriate development for that part of the countryside. Cllr Cliff Moreton also warned the site could end up akin to the old scrapyard off the A43.

Cllr David Soans added: “We do not yet have an absolute guarantee the truck stop will go ahead. I am not happy to pass this application until we know the truck stop is going to happen.”

At Tuesday night’s meeting councillors also approved plans in principle for more than 300 homes to be built in Higham Road, Burton Latimer, adjacent to the A6.

Proposals for an addiction rehabilitation centre to be installed in Carrington Street, Kettering, were also approved.

The move had been opposed by businesses based in nearby Horsemarket, who said the rehabilitation centre would cause noise and disturbances. Committee members approved the plan by five votes to one.