The site is currently in agricultural use as arable land
The proposed development site covers an area of 18.75 hectares, with the majority of the land currently in agricultural use as arable land.
It is located on the western fringes of Northampton, bordered to the north by Nene Valley Country Park and Prologis Park employment area to the south and west. To the east is the Banbury Lane housing area.
The main access to the site would be taken from the roundabout in Upton Valley Way East.
A section of the eastern part of site which is earmarked for the new primary school has a history of localised flooding. Extensive flood alleviation measures would be put in place to solve this issue.
An existing bridleway runs through the site leading to the country park and this would be preserved and enhanced as part of the plans.
Pedestrian routes and cycle paths within the development would link up with the wider footpath and cycleway network in the area.
The natural environment will be a fundamental part of Pineham’s character, with public open spaces, landscaping and planting used to enhance the development.
Existing boundary vegetation, including trees and hedges, will be enhanced with new planting of the same species, while mature trees across the site will be retained and managed where possible. Green corridors will be created for the benefit of wildlife.
Landscape buffers would be used to soften views from the development towards Prologis Park. Green buffers and a lower density of homes on the northern edge of the site will soften views from the country park towards the development.
Pineham Grove is considered to be in a sustainable location, thanks to its proximity to neighbouring communities, employment areas and with excellent road links to the M1 motorway and Northampton.