Prime site in Corby set for 32 low-cost homes

Plans for 32 homes in Forest Gate Road are on the table NNL-160306-114443001
Plans for 32 homes in Forest Gate Road are on the table NNL-160306-114443001
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Thirty-two affordable homes could be built on a key derelict site close to Corby town centre.

The former Hazelwood bungalow and Forest Gate Centre on the corner of Forest Gate Road and Cottingham Road are set to be demolished to make way for the unique development - which will be made up of 100 per cent affordable homes.

The vacant site of Forest Gate Road where 32 homes are to be built. NNL-160306-113844001

The vacant site of Forest Gate Road where 32 homes are to be built. NNL-160306-113844001

It aims to address a shortage of affordable housing in the borough.

Orbit Homes is managing the site, which is next the existing telephone exchange and has been vacant since the beginning of 2014.

The plans have been submitted to Corby Council and are set to be considered at a future meeting of the authority’s development control committee.

In a statement to planners, developer Orbit Homes says: “The proposed development aims to address the acute shortage of affordable homes within the Borough of Corby. At April 1 2015 there were 1,583 households on the

council’s housing register. Whilst the currently adopted planning policy requires only 30 per cent of dwellings on a site such as this to be affordable, in this case 100 per cent provision is made, with all 32 proposed dwellings being affordable homes.

“When assessing and determining the planning application significant weight should be given to the substantial social benefits this represents.

“The social role played by this development reflects the area’s need for new housing which will be integrated into an existing recognised settlement, to reflect the community’s requirements and to support social and cultural wellbeing within the borough.”

You can view the full plans here