Mixed-use residential development approved

This sensitive development includes the retention of a number of mature trees and protects the setting of listed gates to Overstone Manor
This sensitive development includes the retention of a number of mature trees and protects the setting of listed gates to Overstone Manor

Proposals to build new homes and retirement living on a Northamptonshire farm have been given the green light by planners.

Approval was given by Daventry planning committee in July for a mixed residential scheme on land at Overstone Farm with 50 new dwellings, 40 retirement apartments and a 70-bed care home.

The planning application was submitted to Daventry District Council by Berrys on behalf of Vanderbilt Strategic.

“The committee were impressed by the quality of the scheme presented and welcomed the care home component,” said Val Coleby, partner and planning manager at the Kettering office of Berrys.

“The proposed scheme on this sensitive site includes conversion of an historic barn to mews style houses and the retention of a number of mature trees, protecting the setting of the listed gates to Overstone Manor, known as Pytchley Gates. The farmhouse and barns are not listed but are considered to be heritage assets.

“The application was a hybrid application where the conversion of the existing building on site was a full application and the remainder of the site for the new build houses, retirement flats and care home were in outline,” she explained.

A council report published ahead of the decision demonstrated that the development proposed would contribute to providing accommodation to meet the needs of Daventry’s catchment population within an environment whereby the needs of residents are prioritised.

“The development is sited within a sustainable location and may be achieved without

detriment to visual and neighbour amenity, noise, ecology, conservation and landscaping,” the report said

“As such, it is considered that there are no technical impediments to the approval of this application and the proposal would accord with the policies the Development Plan.”

“We are delighted with the outcome,” said Val.

“The site is identified as Green Wedge in the current Local Plan, but this designation is proposed to be removed in the emerging Local Plan.”

For further details contact Val Coleby at Berrys on 01536 532388, email val.coleby@berrys.uk.com