New plans for up to 530 houses in Corby slammed

Cllr Sims says the plans would enlarge the area into Great Oakley.
Cllr Sims says the plans would enlarge the area into Great Oakley.

A Corby councillor says re-drawn plans for up to 530 houses on land to the south of the Oakley Vale estate haven’t changed enough, with concerns over access routes from Great Oakley.

Representative for Oakley South and Great Oakley Cllr David Sims says proposed access routes from Lewin Road and Bennett Road will draw criticism from residents with an increase in traffic on what is a narrow road.

Corby Council requested further information from applicant Great Oakley Farms after the initial proposal, called Phase 8/9, went forward earlier this year.

And now, with that information being received, a further consultation exercise is set to be held this week.

If successful the site would also see a community centre, primary school site and other associated works.

Cllr Sims says the new plans don’t show a great deal of improvement and has set up a petition to refuse the planning application, attracting more than 800 signatures.

He said: “Residents understandably oppose the plans as there will be a lot of traffic and the road is very narrow.

“The developers haven’t kept to their original masterplan as this will enlarge the area into Great Oakley.

“The original plans were for a science park but that isn’t going to happen.

“The plans have seen some changes but they aren’t enough.

“I’d urge the public to view the drawings and put their opinions forward to me so they can be heard.”

A spokesperson for Great Oakley Farms said: “Great Oakley Farms Ltd have put a lot of thought into the design of the proposals and listened carefully to the issues raised by the community during the public consultation which we held in February and March.

“The site already has planning permission for a college of further education and a science park but these are now no longer viable options.

“As a result, we have brought forward these proposals for an exciting new development which will provide new homes for the community, large areas of public open space and a new nature reserve, as well as provision for local services, including land for a new primary school.

“The updated plans include an accompanying Environmental Statement, together with some small design changes which include improvements to the proposed second access on Lewin Road.

“If approved, the development would be built over a 12 year period, with approximately 40-45 houses built annually, providing a reasonable rate of growth that will help the new community assimilate gradually into the neighbourhood”.

The additional information received by Corby Council relates to access arrangements, land use, contours, urban design infrastructures and green infrastructure.

To view the application go to the council website, accept the terms and conditions and then put in the reference number 15/00138/OUT in the search bar.

Representations which have already been received are still valid so there’s no need to write in again, but this is an opportunity for people to revise their comments if they want to.

After consultation and consideration, if the council recommends approval for the scheme, it will be put before the Development Control Committee for a decision by councillors.

People will be notified in advance of any committee meeting.