Plans for 350 more homes in Kettering set to be approved

An artist's impression of the site.
An artist's impression of the site.

A bid to build a 350-home development on land near Kettering’s Gipsy Lane looks set to be approved next week.

Peterborough Diocesan Board Of Finance wants outline planning permission to build the homes on land between Gipsy Lane and the A14.

The site is adjacent to the West Hill development site, which has planning permission for 460 homes with a primary school and local centre.

Access to the site would be from two main entrance points at either end of Gipsy Lane, with proposals for signals to be put in place at the junction of Gipsy Lane and Warren Hill.

The plans have been given the nod of approval from most authorities but both Loddington and Great Cransley parish councils have expressed concerns and the impact it will have on roads.

Loddington Parish Council said: “We are very concerned that the junction of Gipsy Lane and Thorpe Lane is going to be greatly impacted.

“This junction is already an issue for residents and has been for some time.

“The junction opposite the crematorium entrance can be very difficult to get out of or to turn on to Gipsy Lane, this will be compounded by the new development and will increase the back-up of traffic.

“The parish council feels that the minimum of a box junction needs to be put in place at the start of the development.”

Great Cransley Parish Council said: “We are very concerned about the probable traffic situation if the above application is approved for 350 dwellings on the Gipsy Lane site.

“To enable traffic from Loddington, Thorpe Malsor and Great Cransley to have any chance of reaching Rothwell Road/ Warren Hill, or obtaining access right or left along Gipsy Lane, councillors suggest two box junctions are needed.

“One, where Thorpe Lane joins Gipsy Lane, and another stretching from the entrance of the crematorium to the proposed traffic lights.

“Improvements to the road network need to be in place before any homes are occupied.”

If the plans are approved there is a requirement for £230,000 to fund community infrastructure.

A total of £200,000 of this would go towards refurbishing Kettering Swimming Pool with £30,000 going towards resurfacing a synthetic pitch in Thurston Drive.

A report prepared for councillors concludes: “The proposal is in accordance with the relevant policies of the Development Plan and there are no material considerations which indicate planning permission should not be granted.

“The principle of development is established.

“Access is the only matter to be considered at this stage and is acceptable subject to the imposition of the recommended conditions, and the signing of a S106 legal agreement.

“The outline application is therefore recommended for approval.”

The plans will be discussed at a special planning meeting on Wednesday, April 5, at 6.30pm in the council chamber.