Success for major development in Corby

Published April 30th, 2015

Berrys has submitted a planning application for a major residential development in Corby, Northamptonshire. Acting for a local farming company, the Kettering office team has submitted an application for up to 530 dwellings, a local centre, primary school site, playing fields, informal open space, a wildlife reserve and new access arrangements to Corby Borough Council.

This has been a major undertaking over the last two years and has involved a broad team of engineers, ecologists, master planners and environmental specialists. The land forming the application site borders Oakley Vale – a new community where well over 2,000 houses, open space, schools and community facilities have been built over the last ten years and this site forms a logical extension to the existing development.

The original plans for Oakley Vale did in fact cover this site but granted permission for a science park and a further education facility. Circumstances have changed since those plans were first formulated and the landowner now wishes to promote the site for residential development. The site extends to over 32ha and some of the land has been subject to development in the past in the form of quarrying and railway sidings. The site presented the team with a number of technical challenges including areas of floodplain, protected species, retention of existing traditional farm buildings, existing utilities, access constraints and drainage issues. At the same time the site presented positive opportunities in terms of its proximity to existing schools, views out to open countryside, connections to nearby facilities and the quality of the surrounding landscape.

The proposals respond to the ambitious growth plans for Corby set out in both adopted and emerging plans.

Planning partner Ian Smith said ‘We believe we have proposed a high quality development which suits this site, relates well to the existing built up area and meets the requirements of the local authority. We look forward to discussing the scheme in more detail with the Borough Council.’

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