Housing estate plans are moving forward

Desborough Grange II master plan area:'27/01/12
Desborough Grange II master plan area:'27/01/12

A huge 700-house estate could soon become a reality in a county town.

Plans are moving forward for the Grange Two development to the north of Desborough, which incorporates up to 700 homes, a community centre and a school.

The proposal will be discussed at a meeting of Kettering Council’s planning committee tomorrow, with officers recommending the application is initially approved.

The plan will go back to the committee for final approval once several conditions have been met.

This plan is phase two of the Grange development in the north of the town, and was submitted last April.

Jonathan Chastney, director of CJC Development Co Ltd, which is behind the plan, said: “The issues that remain are very minor.

“We have put a lot of energy into creating homes in Desborough and this new estate will be a lovely place to live with the new leisure centre and a nature reserve in the area.

“Desborough is certainly a place on the up and in an ideal location for development.

“It would be nice to start work in the summer on the estate.”

The issuses in the proposal include concluding a Section 106 agreement with the council, and the Highways Authority requesting more information to assess how much of an impact the site will have on the A14.

Public consultations on the proposal took place last year, and there has only been six objections received by the council to the plan.

Cllr Mark Dearing, who represents the Loatlands ward where the estate could be built, said: “What we need in Desborough is jobs, infastructure and housing, so let’s get the houses built.

“The initial Grange development took a long time to build, but hopefully the town centre will have been regenerated by then and the influx of people into Desborough can make use of the town centre.”