Plans for Norwood Farm Hold Key for Relief Road
Acting on behalf of Barwood Development Securities, Manchester based HOW Planning has submitted an outline planning application for a new housing scheme, to include a new primary school and the long awaited completion of a key section of the Sandy Lane Relief Road to South Northamptonshire Council.
The site, which has been identified by the Council along with Northampton Borough and Daventry District Councils, to help meet local housing needs would see up to 1,900 new homes, the school and a local centre with a range of community facilities, built on the Norwood Farm site north of the A4500.
The proposals would also see just under half of the 105-hectare site retained as public open space with a number of ‘green’ features including new parks, woodlands and children’s play areas.
The missing second phase of the Sandy Lane Relief Road, originally granted planning permission in 2008, would run through the site linking the A4500 near Upton to Berrywood Road near Duston. The new road is seen as vital to improving current local traffic problems and supporting existing and new, planned residential areas in West Northamptonshire.
Over 400 people attended a public exhibition of the proposals in January. Changes to the scheme in response to comments from local people include new woodland planting as part of a 20 metre landscaped buffer on the western edge of site. Barwood have also agreed to provide part of the site next to Harpole Recreation Ground for the potential expansion of the ground’s existing sports facilities following discussions with the Harpole Playing Fields Association and Harpole Football Club and clear support for the idea from residents during the public consultation.
Jamie Gibbins, Managing Director, Barwood Development Securities Ltd said: “We are delighted to submit our proposals to the Council which, where possible, have taken into account the comments we received after our public consultation. Not only will they help to meet the area’s identified housing need over the next 15 years, but crucially, they will also deliver the long awaited completion of the Sandy Lane Relief Road which will support both existing and emerging local communities in the area in future.”
He added: “By providing walking and cycle friendly routes into the site, both new and existing residents will be able to enjoy the vast areas of green spaces, parks and community facilities which form an important part of the scheme.”
The proposals would create an estimated 350 new jobs. Around 300 of these would be construction roles with the rest created by the proposed local centre. The scheme could also contribute around £13 million to local council services as part of the government’s Homes Bonus scheme.
Says Conor Vallelly, Associate at HOW Planning: “We worked very closely with our client, the Council and statutory consultees to ensure that the plans for this scheme took all environmental and social considerations into account. The proposals will help create a thriving new community, building on the objectives of the Council’s plans for the area.”
A decision on the planning application is expected later this year. The professional team advising Barwood Development Securities on Norwood Farm are: HOW Planning – Planning Consultancy, Barton Willmore – Master Planning, EDP (Environmental Dimension Partnership) – Ecology, Heritage and Landscaping, PBA (Peter Brett Associates) – Highways and Transport.