Plans to replace house with seven new dwellings on site next to busy Rushden junction

The application says the proposed scheme would result in 'positive improvements to the street scene'

By Stephanie Weaver
Friday, 29th January 2021, 7:00 am

Plans could see a house demolished to make way for seven new dwellings on land next to a busy junction.

A revised application has been submitted for demolition of 11, Higham Road, Rushden, which would see it replaced with seven dwellings with new and altered access.

The site is on the corner junction between Higham Road and Washbrook Road, a busy junction with drivers coming into and out of the town centre.

If approved, the house at 11, Higham Road, would be demolished to make way for seven new dwellings

An application was submitted last May for the development of seven dwellings on the site, but was refused in October.

The revised plans state: "The application site is located within the settlement boundary of Rushden which is identified within the Development Plan as a growth town.

"The site is also considered to be previously developed, with the plot and existing dwelling itself being under-utilised.

"As such, the redevelopment of the application site is considered to be acceptable in principle and would make more efficient use of this brownfield site which is in a highly sustainable location."

The Higham Road/Washbrook Road junction in Rushden

If approved, the seven new houses would comprise of semi-detached pairs and one detached dwelling, all with three bedrooms.

They would be a mix of two storey and 2.5 storey properties.

The proposed layout places the dwellings fronting directly onto the main road.

The existing vehicular access point off Washbrook Road would serve all the houses and upgraded as required to serve the new development.

The parking for all plots would be to the rear of the site with a total of 12 spaces provided, with one space designated as a disabled parking space.

Each house would have a private rear garden area, including space for storage of bins, and gated access to the parking to the rear.

In conclusion, the application says: "This planning statement has set out that the principle of the development is in accordance with the policies of the Development Plan, being residential development within a sustainable location which makes most efficient use of an under-utilised previously developed site.

"It has also been demonstrated that the proposed scheme would result in positive improvements to the street scene through creating an attractive street frontage complete with landscaping.

"All occupants and surrounding development would have a high quality of residential amenity and the proposed design would reflect the surrounding character of the area.

"The proposed development would also have sufficient parking provision, especially considered the highly sustainable location of the site."

For more details on the plans, which will be considered by East Northants Council, click here.

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