Consent granted for 700 homes in Rothwell

Planners have given the green light to 700 new homes at Rothwell.

Persimmon Homes aims to start work on the site, close to Desborough Road, in late 2017 with the infrastructure works, followed by a house build start in 2018, following approval by Kettering Borough Council.

Duncan Shaw, director in charge for Persimmon Homes Midlands, said:

“We are extremely pleased by this positive result and look forward to commencing work on this new development.”

The development, to be known as Red Well Manor, and will include 700 homes, of which 140 would be affordable, a local centre and land allocated for a new educational facility or an extension to the existing school, retail area, significant play areas and public open space.

The scheme will also have SUDs (sustainable urban drainage) which will include swales to slow the flow of water from the development.

Duncan added:

“We will also be delivering the strategic link road between the A6 bypass and B576, as well as traffic improvements in the town.”

The Government estimates around 300,000 new homes need to be built each year to meet the demand that has grown since the economic downturn of 2008. It has put in place a raft of measures, such as a review of planning regulations, providing finance for large-scale infrastructure projects and helping individuals to access affordable mortgages through schemes like Help To Buy.

Across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire, Persimmon aims to build around 700 homes this year and is currently recruiting more bricklayers and carpenters to enable the company to develop more sites in 2017.