Application for a coach depot

BUS company bosses have asked councillors to consider an application to use a former farm as a depot.

Hamiltons and Buckby’s Coaches have been operating out of Sandy Hill Farm in Lamport Road, Orton, since 2006. But now they want to formalise the permission with a change of use application. The present planning permission is for a storage site.

The firm has 20 coaches, 10 of which are double deckers, and 25 employees.

The site is used for parking coaches and staff cars and there is a small workshop for maintenance.

Buses run to Montsaye School, Rothwell Juniors, Corby Business Academy and other schools in Northampton, Leicester, Peterborough and Market Harborough. The majority run between 6am and 6pm on weekdays.

The application has been submitted to planners at Kettering Council and can be viewed. Comments must be submitted by May 2.