New homes for former Kettering school site approved

Kettering Town FC's plans for the site are in doubt after plans for housing were approved
Kettering Town FC's plans for the site are in doubt after plans for housing were approved

A former primary school – which Kettering Town Football Club has expressed an interest in taking over as its new ground – could be demolished and replaced with a 72-home estate after plans were given the go-ahead.

Northamptonshire County Council submitted the proposals for the former Avondale School site several months ago.

Kettering Town FC then announced it was also interested in the site, saying the club wanted to partner with an unnamed healthcare provider to keep the existing school buildings and build a new ground on the former school playing fields.

Speaking at the planning committee meeting on Tuesday night, senior development officer Rebecca Collins said the council had received written objections to the homes plan from supporters of the football club.

She added: “At this stage we have had no discussions with the football club and it cannot be taken into consideration.

“Also, if planning permission is granted for this application it would not mean that there could not be an alternative application submitted by the club.”

The approved scheme includes provision of a junior football pitch and a children’s play area.

The application considered on Tuesday night was at outline stage, meaning that finer details such as the design of houses and layout of the new estate are yet to be finalised.