Run-down Rothwell coach yard to become family homes

Plans have been approved to build three new homes on a run-down coach yard in Rothwell.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 1:42 pm
Updated Friday, 17th January 2020, 1:44 pm
The site is close to Greening Road park.

Kettering council’s planning committee agreed on Tuesday (Jan 14) the plans to build the three modern detached houses on the coach yard site off Desborough Road.

The build is being carried out by Gary Elliott who lives in the nearby 17th century Priory and bought the coach site five years ago.

At the meeting Mr Elliott said the three new homes were being built for his three sons and their families. He said the family had been devastated after the sudden death of his daughter Bronte, 19, in 2011.

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The coach yard is on a turning off the main road.

He said: “This is not just about three houses. It is about keeping my family close.”

Mr Elliott and council officers have been in discussions about the design for the site, with officers insisting the new builds would not dominate the Grade II listed priory. The build will involve clearing the site and building two new homes and converting an existing barn.

The ironstone and slate homes are all named after Mr Elliott’s three sons, Ashley, Bruce and Adam.

Rothwell town councillors Ian Jelley and Karl Sumpter both spoke in favour of the planning application.

Cllr Jelley said the homes would ‘improve the whole area for the better’ and Cllr Sumpter said the development would help improve the Green Road park area which according to the police is a hotspot for drug use.