Plans for more than 500 houses in Corby to be discussed tonight

Oakley Vale in Corby

Oakley Vale in Corby

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Plans for a residential scheme with up to 530 houses, a primary school and community facilities will be considered by councillors tonight (Tuesday).

Corby Council’s development control committee will be discussing the proposals for up to 530 dwellings, a local centre, primary school, informal open space, multi-use games area and playing fields on land south of Brooke Weston Academy in Lewin Road, Corby.

The application is for phases eight and nine of the Oakley Vale masterplan, which was given planning permission in March 2000 for a development of a residential neighbourhood, community facilities, railway station, science park and further

education campus.

The earlier phases of residential development have been built or are in various stages of development.

As the scheme under consideration would no longer be in accordance with the original masterplan, a new planning application has been submitted.

A report prepared for tonight’s meeting states: “The application is made in outline with access to be considered and all other matters reserved for residential development for up to 530 dwellings; allocation of land for the future provision of a primary school; the conversion of Oakley Grange into a commercial or community use; a linear park alongside Harper’s Brook; a local park close to Brook Weston Academy and linked to Harper’s Brook.

“Access into the site would be via a spine distributor road corridor linking Bennett Road/Chepstow Road in the east with Lewin Road to the west.

“A public right of way would be diverted and a number of new footpaths cycleways created.”

If approved, the new houses would be a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom dwellings of between two and three storeys in height.

Planning officers have recommended that the plans are approved.

The meeting starts at 7pm in the council chamber at Corby Cube.