Work to begin on 210 homes in Kettering

The new Westhill housing development, just off Northampton Road in Kettering
The new Westhill housing development, just off Northampton Road in Kettering

Work on scores of new homes in fields on the edge of Kettering is due to get under way next month.

The development on the land between Northampton Road, Westhill Drive and the A14 will eventually comprise 210 homes.

They are being built by Kier Living, in association with Buccleuch Property.

Improvements to the highways have been taking place in Northampton Road for the past month as part of the scheme.

Those improvements, which have seen roadworks in place in the area near the Trading Post pub, will include the widening of the road, the installation of a new cycle route and a new pedestrian crossing.

Bosses at Kier Living estimate that work will be finished by mid-September, allowing work on the site itself to begin.

Show homes are due to be open to the public by spring 2015, with the first homes following within a month or two.

All 210 properties, which will be one, two, three and four-bedroom houses and apartments, are expected to be available by 2017 or 2018.

Plans put before Kettering Council’s planning committee indicated there would be 171 private homes and 39 affordable homes.

Earlier this year, the planning committee also approved the development of a 987,000 sq ft country park at the site.

The park is set to provide footpaths, picnic areas, allotments, play areas and small orchards for public use.

Kier Living’s sales and marketing director David Thomas said: “Westhill will bring much-needed, quality new homes to Kettering, as well as over eight hectares of country parkland for the public to use and enjoy for many years to come.”

In May this year, after planning permission for the layout of the development was granted, Buccleuch Property’s managing director David Peck said: “Westhill is a landmark new development for the area in a highly prominent site and we anticipate a strong level of interest from prospective buyers as the site develops.”