Housing plans are moving on

PLANS for a new 450-home housing estate in Kettering are progressing, with the proposals for phase one to be discussed tomorrow.

Redrow Homes was given outline planning permission for its Barton Seagrave project three years ago, and has now submitted detailed plans for the first phase of the development.

The initial phase will include 122 new houses, four parks, two play areas and new roads, and is expected to be given the go ahead by members of the council’s planning committee tomorrow.

A Redrow Homes South Midlands spokesman said: “We’ve submitted reserved matters planning applications for the first phase of residential development in Barton Seagrave.

“The land has outline planning permission for up to 450 homes.”

When the entire proposal was put forward five years ago local people said they were concerned about noise, pollution and loss of green space in the area. More than 150 objections were received.

But the spokesman said: “The proposals are fully in accordance with the scheme design code, a document which was the subject of comprehensive consultation and has been adopted by Kettering Borough Council.”

Only seven objections have been registered for this particular phase.

Lyn Woods, 64, of Rossendale Drive, Barton Seagrave, said: “I live on the other side of the town, but my concern is the volume of traffic on Polwell Lane.

“It’s going to get really busy on that road as that’s the main route to the A6, and you’ve got the schools on the road too.

“The field where the homes will go floods easily, but presumably the developers have done the groundwork.”

Brenda Jones, 82, of Ridgway Road, Barton Seagrave, said: “I think it’s good for the town. Kettering neeeds new homes and it won’t affect me much.”