Creating a new neighbourhood
The proposals will combine the two Estates’ local experience of managing the built and natural environment with the local development expertise of Barratt Developments and Taylor Wimpey. The promoters have appointed Adam Urbanism as its master planner and architect, who have significant experience of delivering new urban development which reflects the best aspects of local character.
The aim is that the West Corby development will continue to thrive many years into the future, based on a series of important design principles. At this time, it is envisaged that the West Corby development will include the following:
- At least 4,500 homes – from starter to larger family homes - including those managed by housing associations;
- A range of job opportunities in different kinds of employment space;
- A local ‘High Street’ providing small retail units, community facilities and office/light industrial space at the heart of the development;
- Three new primary schools and a new secondary school, with community access to the associated sports pitches outside of school hours;
- Cycle and footpath links will be provided throughout the development and across the A6003 to provide access to Corby. This will help to promote walking and cycling, reduce reliance on the car and allow existing Corby residents to access the new facilities proposed for west Corby.
- Play areas and recreational open space with links to the wider countryside;
- Natural areas including public access to retained existing woodland;
- A combination of ponds, swales and other drainage features to limit surface water runoff. This will protect the development and existing properties downstream from flooding, whilst also benefiting wildlife.
A draft layout is shown below and this formed part of the consultation in October 2015.
Below: Draft layout (Click to enlarge)
Since our community consultations in Autumn 2015, we have made a number of changes to the proposals in order to take account of the comments received through the consultation events from members of the public and subsequently with officers of the Borough Council and other key stakeholders (including the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit, Joint Delivery Unit, County Council and the Wildlife Trust). The changes include:
- Re-location of the proposed secondary school to be more central to the development;
- Addition of a new vehicle link between the site and the A427;
- Inclusion of employment opportunities on the main street between the two local centres;
- Enhancing of the drainage proposals to take account of the latest Government guidance on climate change;
- A detailed review of the A6003 Uppingham Road corridor and the proposed access junctions to manage speeds and improve safety;
- Revisions to the cycle and footpath links throughout the development and routes across the A6003 into Corby and to allow existing residents to access the new schools and facilities.
The revised masterplan is shown below and forms part of the Outline Application submission.
The development will reflect its location in North Northamptonshire, with a mixture of house types and styles, building on the established local character of neighbouring towns and surrounding villages. A focused design approach will be an important part of the scheme, with the intention of creating pleasant surroundings using selected hard landscape materials and planting.
Below: Images of other schemes designed by the project's architects