138 'good sized homes and gardens with sufficient parking' promised with Rushden development plans

The affordable dwellings are proposed for a vacant site just off Shirley Road

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 1:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 1:04 pm
How the proposed development could look

Plans for 138 new houses in Rushden have been submitted.

Co-op Group Limited And Ilke Homes Limited has applied to build 138 affordable dwellings on land off Shirley Road, Rushden.

The application also includes internal roads, public open space, landscaping and other ancillary works, including creation of a new vehicular and pedestrian access from Prospect Avenue.

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How the proposed development could look

The site, which is allocated in the Rushden Neighbourhood Plan for a minimum of 150 dwellings, is currently vacant and has previously been used as a gravel pit working and part of the central site was formerly a coal storage depot.

If approved, the development will include a mix of one, two, three and four-bed properties, including maisonettes, semi-detached and detached homes.

The application says the contemporary style of architecture is 'designed to provide a positive addition to the housing in Rushden.'

And it adds: "It has been determined that the proposed mix of 138no. homes makes efficient use of land and allows good sized homes and gardens, sufficient parking, safe and attractive streets and open spaces with landscaping throughout."

The design and access statement submitted as part of the application says: "The new development creates high quality legible space, which forms a pleasant, interesting and enjoyable place to live.

"The proposed architectural language reinforces the distinctiveness of the development, employing a style that draws from local context and follows extensive work undertaken as part of the pre-application process.

"Building height, orientation and materiality have been carefully considered to provide a safe and meaningful addition to this part of Rushden.

"The proposals will contribute and help to meet the new housing needs of the town."

And the planning statement goes on to say: "The proposed development will deliver 100 per cent affordable housing upon an allocated site, including homes to meet older persons needs, which is considered to represent a significant benefit of the proposal.

"The modular nature of the construction of the homes has also been demonstrated to offer significant environmental and construction benefits over and above a traditionally built dwelling.

"Lastly, it has been demonstrated that, in the planning balance, the submitted planning application is acceptable and should be accordingly granted permission."

For more information about the application, which will be considered by North Northants Council, click here.

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