Communities secretary John Denham has formally approved proposals for a 3,000-dwelling urban extension located in the Upper Redhill area of Wellingborough, which had been opposed by local residents, councillors and Peter Bone, the area’s Conservative MP.
The scheme was proposed by Northants LLP, a subsidiary of Bee Bee Developments who appealed against the non determination of the scheme by the planning authority.
Wellingborough Borough Council made an unsuccessful attempt to re-open the inquiry, held last summer, in a bid to increase the proportion of affordable housing offered by the developers. The planning authority had wanted the figure increased from 20 to 30 per cent.
The Secretary of State signalled last year that he was minded to approve the scheme, subject to a signed Council’s Deed. The planning inspector who held the inquiry had recommended approval for up to 3,000 new homes, retail and commercial facilities, schools, a neighbourhood centre and open spaces and parkland.
The outline application was drawn up by David Lock Associates and included a reserve corridor for the proposed Isham-Wellingborough road improvement.
Mr Denham’s decision letter said that although there was conflict with the development plan and with regard to the provision of affordable housing “this was outweighed by those factors in its favour, in particular that it would deliver a sustainable urban extension in an important growth area”.
11 March 2010