Kettering residents air concerns over 5,500-home development

Cllr Linda Adams and Rhea Keehn
Cllr Linda Adams and Rhea Keehn

A prospective Parliamentary candidate for Kettering has spoken to people concerned about the impact of the forthcoming Kettering East housing development.

Rhea Keehn, Labour’s candidate for the town, was accompanied by Cllr Linda Adams on a walkabout of the Grange estate.

Armed with maps of the proposed development, they visited the area around Margaret Street, which is now the site of allotments and the Green Patch environmental community education project run by Groundwork.

Rhea said: “This area is an incredibly environmentally important open space that needs protection.

“Residents of the Grange at the moment have an amazingly rich environmental area on their doorstep and bordering the Ise Valley that they are worried is going to be destroyed by disintegrated development and access roads.

“The allotments and the Green Patch are incredibly valuable resources for local people with massive benefits.

“I understand that we need more homes in the area, but this must be carefully planned and should not adversely impact the quality of life for residents or threaten the green space and wildlife here.”

Meanwhile, plans to build 167 homes at land off Warkton Lane, near Barton Seagrave, as part of the Kettering East development, were approved on Tuesday.

The application was originally given the nod in May last year but a number of matters relating to access roads and drainage were unresolved.

Developer Alledge Brook LLP submitted proposals to resolve those issues and these were given the nod on Tuesday evening, subject to a section 106 financial agreement.

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