Online public consultation opens for 190-unit development in Northamptonshire village
A public consultation is now open for residents to have their say on a 190-unit housing development planned for a village on the outskirts of Northamptonshire.
Catesby Estates Plc is preparing to submit plans to West Northamptonshire Council to build on a plot the size of 18 football pitches just off Buckingham Road in Deanshanger, near Elizabeth Woodville School.
A spokesperson for Catesby Estates said: “Our proposals are in line with and support West Northamptonshire Council’s overall local plan vision, as they will help provide a wide choice of homes in a sustainable location, the benefits of l manifestly outweighing the damages that will result.”
The houses ranged from one to five beds, with 10 bungalows and 50% being designated as “affordable”.
The spokesperson said: “The provision of affordable housing is a significant benefit; it means that households that are currently ‘off market price’ will have greater opportunities to access good quality housing.
“This is particularly relevant in Deanshanger, where the average house price was £290,000 in 2021, some £76,500 above the regional average.
“The provision of affordable housing will help meet the high levels of demand in Deanshanger where, in 2021, around 37% of the housing register had a local preference for Deanshanger.
“We look forward to hearing from young professionals and key workers looking to move up the housing ladder in the Deanshanger area.
“Affordable rental units will be allocated to eligible households on the waiting list, with priority given to local residents or those with a local connection.”
Councilor Ian McCord, of Deanshanger Ward, criticized the plans.
“This idea is very speculative and I want this developer and others to stop liquidating the community with these unwanted, wasteful and unnecessary proposals. Their land is not in any local plan, there is adequate land supply in the district and given the level of development in Deanshanger over the past decade, it is time to take a breather,” McCord said.
The consultation ends on Sunday, February 13.