Work has started on a development which could see up to 550 homes built on the site of an old factory in Wellingborough.
Builders have moved in to Ladywell Park, off Eastfield Road, to start work on the development on the site of a disused industrial factory.
The developer behind the scheme currently has planning permission to build 80 homes as part of the first phase of plans for the site. Interest was also expressed in building a further 470 when outline permission for 550 homes was granted by Wellingborough Council in early 2010.
The site is being developed by Barratt Homes, and properties are already being advertised as being for sale on internet sites for between £147,995 and £164,995.
The site consists of 14 two-bedroom houses, 42 three-bedroom houses, four flats and 20 three and four-bedroom three-storey town houses.
The homes are expected to be completed by August this year.
Cllr Martin Griffiths, vice-chairman of the planning committee, said: “This is an important development on what was a disused, industrial factory. The site was dangerous and an eyesore and there was very little local objection to the application.
“The committee had a few reservations about the design of the scheme but after further negotiations permission was unanimously granted, subject to conditions.
“It will provide much-needed housing for the ongoing development of the town and we’ll be delighted to see work start on the first phase.”
Bob Feltham, 77, of Chaucer Road, Wellingborough, said: “Barratt do good quality homes at reasonable prices. Hopefully they will be homes for younger people to be able to get on the property ladder. It will also be good to bring people into Wellingborough, and hopefully it will be a boost for local retailers.”