Northampton Local Plan 1997

CHAPTER 8 : DEVELOPMENTS SITES

POLICY D1 : LAND ADJ BEDFORD RD & LILIPUT ROAD, BRACKMILLS : EMPLOYMENT

PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED ON LAND ADJOINING BEDFORD ROAD AND LILIPUT ROAD BRACKMILLS FOR EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT COMPRISING EITHER USES WITHIN CLASS B1 OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (USE CLASSES) ORDER 1987 OR A COMBINATION OF USES WITHIN CLASSES B1, B2 AND B8 OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (USE CLASSES) ORDER 1987 AND/OR OTHER AGRICULTURALLY BASED USES APPROPRIATE TO AN ADJOINING CATTLEMARKET, SUBJECT TO: 

A) THE BUILDINGS BEING OF A SCALE AND CHARACTER APPROPRIATE TO A PROMINENT LOCATION ON THE FRINGE OF THE URBAN AREA 

B) ANY BUILDINGS ALONG THE FRONTAGE TO BEDFORD ROAD BEING OF A QUALITY AND DESIGN WHICH REFLECTS DEVELOPMENT TO THE NORTH  OF BEDFORD ROAD 

C) VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE SITE BEING SOLELY FROM LILIPUT ROAD, BRACKMILLS 

D) THE RETENTION OF THE MATURE HEDGEROW ALONG THE FRONTAGE TO BEDFORD ROAD AND PROVISION OF A LANDSCAPED MARGIN IN THE EASTERN CORNER OF THE SITE.

POLICY D1 REPLACED BY JOINT CORE STRATEGY POLICY N2

WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE JOINT CORE STRATEGY LOCAL PLAN (PART 1) ADOPTED - DECEMBER 2014.

 

CROW LANE (NORTH) GREAT BILLING

The site lies between the Crow Lane Industrial Estate and Billing Aquadrome. Development for leisure purposes or small business units is considered appropriate. Access for business development would need to be made from Crow Lane Estate.

POLICY D4 : CROW LANE NORTH : BUSINESS OR LEISURE

PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED FOR BUSINESS OR LEISURE USE AT CROW LANE (NORTH  SIDE), GREAT BILLING.

POLICY D4 : INTERACTIVE MAPPING JCS

6           DELAPRE ABBEY                                                                        1.0 HECTARE        GR 759592

The building is listed and forms a prime feature within Delapre Park which is identified as an Area of Local Landscape Importance (policy E9). It has been used for office purposes previously and further use for commercial purposes will help retain and enhance this historic building.

POLICY D6 : DELAPRE ABBEY : OFFICE AND CONFERENCE CENTRE

PLANNING  PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED  FOR THE USE OF DELAPRE ABBEY FOR OFFICE AND CONFERENCE CENTRE PURPOSES PROVIDING THAT THE PROPOSALS RETAIN THE HISTORIC BUILDING AND GARDENS AND DO NOT CAUSE HARM TO THEIR CHARACTER.

POLICY D6 : INTERACTIVE MAPPING JCS

 

7           DUSTON MILL DUSTON MILL LANE                                     4.0 HECTARES      GR 728596

The site adjoins the Sixfields development site and would provide land for further leisure-related activity. It is located  adjoining the River Nene so proposals must relate to and reflect this position.

Policy D7 : DUSTON MILL, DUSTON MILL LANE : HOTEL & LEISURE

PLANNING  PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED FOR HOTEL AND LEISURE USE AT DUSTON MILL SO LONG  AS THE PROPOSALS DO NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DETRACT FROM THE CHARACTER AND  APPEARANCE OF THE AREA BESIDE THE RIVER.

POLICY D7 REPLACED BY JOINT CORE STRATEGY POLICY N2

WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE JOINT CORE STRATEGY LOCAL PLAN (PART 1) ADOPTED - DECEMBER 2014.

 

 9            M1 JUNCTION 15A/A43                                                       3.5 HECTARES      GR 726576

This site adjoins junction 15a of the M1 Motorway and bounded by the Grand Union Canal and the A43 dual carriageway. It forms a well defined and unique site which would be suitable for a single development requiring a prominent location. The prominence and individual nature of this site demands a high standard of building design within a landscaped setting.

POLICY D9 : M1 JUNCTION 15a/A43 : SUITABLE FOR SINGLE DEVELOPMENT WITH HIGH STANDaRDS OF BUILDING DESIGN WITHIN A LANDSCAPED SETTING

PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED AT THE SITE ADJOINING  M1 JUNCTION 15A FOR DEVELOPMENT WHICH:

A)  IS OF SIGNIFICANT DESIGN AND APPEARANCE

B)  PROVIDES A LANDSCAPED SETTING TO THE CANAL AND ROAD FRONTAGE

C)  DOES NOT EXCEED 10 METRES IN HEIGHT

D)  DOES NOT GENERATE MORE TRAFFIC THAN CAN ADEQUATELY BE ACCOMMODATED ON TO THE ROAD NETWORK.

POLICY D9 : INTERACTIVE MAPPING JCS

NORTH WEST BYPASS, KINGS HEATH

12   This site is separated from the proposed housing at Kings Heath by an Area of Acknowledged Archaeological Value. It adjoins Heath Spinney which forms a screen to Lodge Farm Industrial EstateDevelopment of the site will depend on the construction of the North West bypass and access to the site would be entirely from the proposed road. It would be suitable for a single or shared development which would be appropriate for individual access. Typically this could involve hotel/conference centre, leisure or office uses.

POLICY D12 : LAND NORTH WEST OF KINGS HEATH

PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED AT LAND NORTH WEST OF KINGS HEATH FOR DEVELOPMENT WHICH:

A)   WOULD BE IN KEEPING WITH THE EXISTING CHARACTER AND VISUAL AMENITY OF THE AREA

B)   WOULD NOT CONFLICT WITH PROPOSED PRIMARILY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT KINGS HEATH

C)   WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR INDIVIDUAL LOCATION AND ROAD ACCESS FROM THE PROPOSED NORTH WEST BYPASS

D)   WOULD NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT TRAFFIC MOVEMENT ON THE PROPOSED NORTH WEST BYPASS

E)    WOULD NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT ADJOINING SITES OF ACKNOWLEDGED NATURE CONSERVATION AND/OR ARCHAEOLOGICAL VALUE.

POLICY D12 : INTERACTIVE MAPPING JCS

 

 

13  OVERSTONE SCOUT CAMPING GROUND (OFF BILLING LANE)       2.8 HECTARES      GR 809647

This site is no longer required for recreational use and is bounded on the north and east by Billing Lane and Fox Covert an area of woodland and Talavera Way to the South. It would be suitable for residential purposes or public house/ hotel use as the site is separated from existing residential areas by roads and open space.

POLICY D13 : OVERSTONE SCOUT CAMPING GROUND (OFF BILLING LANE) : RESIDENTIAL OR PUBLIC HOUSE/HOTEL

PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED FOR RESIDENTIAL OR PUBLIC HOUSE/HOTEL PURPOSES AT THE SCOUT CAMPING GROUND WEST OF BILLING LANE, OVERSTONE.

POLICY D13 : INTERACTIVE MAPPING JCS

 

POLICY D14 : PINEHAM : BUSINESS & HOUSING

WITHIN THE PINEHAM DEVELOPMENT (NORTH OF KISLINGBURY WAY) PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (CLASS B1 OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (USE CLASSES) ORDER 1987) AND IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE AREA, RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF A TYPE AND SCALE WHICH IS APPROPRIATE TO THE CHARACTER OF THE RIVER VALLEY.

POLICY D14 REPLACED BY JOINT CORE STRATEGY POLICY E1

WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE JOINT CORE STRATEGY LOCAL PLAN (PART 1) ADOPTED - DECEMBER 2014.

 

16      ST EDMUNDS HOSPITAL, WELLINGBOROUGH  ROAD          1.6 HECTARES     GR 764609

The Health Authority has indicated that the St Edmunds Hospital site will become surplus to requirements within the Plan period. A commercial or residential redevelopment would be equally appropriate given the location of the site subject to the need to find a satisfactory alternative use for the listed hospital building which fronts Wellingborough Road.

POLICY D16 : ST EDMUND'S HOSPITAL : DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES GIVEN

PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE ST EDMUNDS HOSPITAL SITE, WELLINGBOROUGH ROAD, SUBJECT TO PROPOSALS: 

A)   RESULTING IN THE COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE 

B)   BEING ACCEPTABLE IN RELATION TO THE ADJOINING PRIMARILY RESIDENTIAL AREA 

C)   RETAINING THE LISTED HOSPITAL BUILDING AND ITS SETTING IN AN APPROPRIATE USE.

Policy D16 : INTERACTIVE MAPPING JCS

 17          SOUTHBRIDGE AREA                                                           51 HECTARES       GR 760595

This forms a major linear development area south of the River Nene, extending from Old Towcester Road, through Southbridge Road and land to the south of Avon Cosmetics to Nunn Mills - the former Power Station site. It is an area of vacant and derelict land, open storage, rail-sidings, and various small business uses.

The area presents an opportunity for major regeneration projects to provide new homes, jobs, leisure and community facilities together with landscaped open spaces linking nearby parkland and adjacent watercourses.

Some retail use is possible but this must be of a scale and form which avoids harm to existing centres, primarily the town centre and at St Leonard’s Road District Centre. Retail development is therefore to be restricted to the site east of Nunn Mills Road where such development can contribute most effectively to realising regeneration of this prominent but constrained site. Equally shopping should not be a primary use within this part of the development area. Any proposals for retail development should be made within a scheme of mixed development.

The site is clearly outside established shopping areas and therefore retail development of a scale which appears to encourage increased travel by the private car and is likely to adversely affect the vitality and viability  of established shopping areas will not be permitted. A major retail warehousing or foodstore development is therefore not likely to be acceptable. Total retail development not exceeding 3500 square metres gross floorspace would offer additional commercial opportunity whilst preventing undue pressure being placed upon nearby shopping centres. 

The site adjoins the River Nene and the Grand Union Canal and improving public access and enhancing the waterside are important considerations. The development area is also crossed by two major entrances to the town centre from the south which strengthens the need for good quality design and some landmark buildings which will enhance the image of the town as well as the immediate environment. 

Road access is poor and is a constraint on redevelopment potential. New infrastructure will have to be provided as part of the development proposals. Provision must also be made for a cycleway link between Bedford Road and St James Mill Road and new north-south pedestrian links to the Cattlemarket site and the Nene Way footpath on the northern bank of the River Nene. Design briefs will be prepared for individual parts of this large area as considered appropriate, prior to the consideration of detailed proposals for development. 

Development of the area will be achieved by the bringing together of private and public sector finance. The site is part of the area for which funding for urban regeneration projects is available from the Governments Single Regeneration Budget (SRB Challenge Fund). The regeneration initiative is being co-ordinated by the Northampton Partnership - a partnership between the Borough Council, County Council and Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce Training and Enterprise. A programme of bids for funding from the SRB will be made each year by the partners in association with private developers over a period of 5 years from 1995.

POLICY D17 (Part Only) : SOUTHBRIDGE AREA AND POWER STATION SITE, NUNN MILLS : RESIDENTIAL, BUSINESS AND LEISURE

PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED FOR A MIX OF RESIDENTIAL, BUSINESS AND LEISURE USES WITHIN THE SOUTHBRIDGE AREA AND ALSO RETAIL USES AT THE POWER STATION SITE, NUNN  MILLS, SUBJECT TO THE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE BEING PROVIDED.

POLICY D17 : INTERACTIVE MAPPING JCS

 

20       TWEED ROAD (PIONEER AGGREGATES SITE)                   1.0 HECTARES      GR 733579

The site is currently used for processing sand and gravel and the works form a unattractive feature on the fringe of the river valley. Any development of the site must be for appropriate activities which relate sensitively to this position bordering the built-up area and open space. This would generally mean that leisure and open space uses are most appropriate.

POLICY D20 : TWEED ROAD (PIONEER AGGREGATES) : DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES GIVEN

PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED AT TWEED ROAD (PIONEER AGGREGATES SITE) FOR ACTIVITIES WHICH WOULD BE APPROPRIATE IN THIS LOCATION ADJOINING THE RIVER VALLEY BOTH IN FUNCTION AND DESIGN.

Policy D20 : Interactive mapping JCS