Learn about our plans for an exciting new community in Northampton
Our plans also include a new primary school, a local centre, large areas of green open space and employment land. New cycleways and a bus route will provide convenient links to the local area, and the farm shop will be retained for local community use.
We want to create a thriving new community in Northampton. Our plans for Buckton Fields are aligned with the aims of Northampton County Council, as part of the site wide hybrid permission for up to 1050 units.
Buckton Fields will deliver 333 homes and aligns with the objectives of Northamptonshire County Council. Within the development, 35% will be affordable housing, each of which will have parking spaces and gardens.
We will also have a new primary school, a local centre and potential sports pitches, which will allow residents to use it as a base for sporting and social activities.
The homes at Buckton Fields will be surrounded by areas of green open space and now footways and cycleways will connect the development to the local area.
The appearance of the new homes will be reflective of the local area and we will use locally sourced materials to ensure the development is in keeping with existing homes nearby.
As part of a vibrant community, the development consists of three distinct character areas, with different brick types and stone incorporated across for housetypes across the development.
The site will deliver 333 1 and 2 bedroom flats and 3 and 4 bedroom homes. The majority of the houses will be two storey, with a mix of detached, semi detached and terraced designs. There will be 3 small blocks of flats which will be no greater than four storeys high.
Our phase at Buckton Fields is part of a wider outline planning permission for 1050 dwellings. The reserved matters application we are preparing is for the third phase of development. The other two phases have consent from other developers, who have already begun construction in the area.
Our Approach Our Approach Connectivity
We understand a new development will have an impact on the existing community and we have considered this as we have developed our proposals.
The main road into Buckton Fields will be from Wood Farm Lane after the junction with Welford Road. We will create two entrances into the development, leading into new spine roads which will run to the northernmost areas of the site. Smaller secondary areas will split off from the spine roads, leading into cul-de-sacs streets and private driveways.
A transport survey was completed as part of the outline planning approval. This confirms the road network surrounding the proposed development has sufficient capacity to accommodate the traffic that will be generated.
Cycling and walking will be encouraged with a network of footpaths and cycleways which will provide easy access to the nearby town. Existing transport links at Northampton railway station are in close proximity, and existing local bus networks will service the development.
We have prepared a flood risk assessment and surface water drainage strategy to ensure that an appropriate drainage strategy is put in place. Homes will make use of the soakage rates within the surrounding impermeable area, as well as two attenuation ponds controlling the flow of surface water.
Preservation and enhancement of local wildlife is a key consideration when we plan and build new developments. We have carried out a number of ecological surveys to identify any ecological constraints on the site. With the surveys carried out, we identified the presence of badger setts, and have ensured that the hedgerow surrounding this will be protected and retained. All existing trees within the boundary of the site will also be retained. Our plans include significant opportunities to enhance the site for local wildlife, and a biodiversity net gain will be achieved.
Recognising the heritage of our developments is very important to us. Our proposals for Buckton Fields include the retention of the farm shop which has been well established in the local area for several years. As part of the bid process for the site, a heritage survey was not permitted.
Buckton Fields covers an area of around 24 acres and lies to the north of Northampton. It is currently a greenfield site and is allocated for residential development in Daventry District Council’s (now West Northamptonshire Council) Local Plan.
Previous planning applications
The site was granted outline planning permission in October 2011. Taylor Wimpey’s phase sits within a site wide hybrid permission of up to 1050 dwellings.
The outline planning permission establishes the principle of development. We submitted a reserved matters planning application in July, which deals with the finer details of the development.
Previous consultations and feedback
We value comments from local people and listen to all feedback we receive so that we can deliver new communities where people want to live.
We have taken on board the feedback during the planning process, and it has helped us to shape our more detailed plans for the site. We worked alongside the local parish council on developing the community centre and the submission of our application, and will continue to engage with the local community as the planning process progresses.
We want to deliver new homes and facilities that positively integrate with and enhance the local community.
If our reserved matters planning application is approved, we will make a financial contribution to the local planning authority, which will be used to improve local infrastructure and facilities. The contribution will go towards the likes of improving local roads, supporting delivery of new sporting facilities, and developing educational facilities.
Ensuring our residents and the local community have access to beautiful green open spaces is a key consideration.
Our plans for Buckton Fields include a large area of open space to the north of the site, alongside potential kickabout pitches. New footpaths and cycleways will surround the open space, giving residents easy access to the nearby town. A play area will also be created to encourage residents and their families to meet neighbours and friends and help to foster a vibrant new community.
We aim to support the communities in which we build. One way in which we do this is by providing new facilities that local people will benefit from.
As part of our proposal for Buckton Fields, we plan to deliver a range of new facilities to complement existing services within the wider community. We’ll build a new primary school, and a local centre, and a play area will be constructed as part of the open space, offering a useful outlet for young families.
We believe it’s our responsibility to support our communities, so that people are proud to call them home. That’s why we regularly donate time and money to local causes, and are passionate about investing in the areas we build.
We’re committed to building greener, healthier homes for us all. From energy efficient fixtures and fittings, to cutting our carbon emissions, and enhancing existing green spaces, we build sustainability into everything we do.