Saxon Park is perfectly located to serve new and existing communities, on the corner parcel of land next to the A43 Kettering Road/Sywell Road roundabout, and opposite the proposed new Aldi store.
The site connects to the local footpath and cycle network and is within easy reach of bus stops on Sywell Road (proposed), Park View and Overstone Road.
A new local centre
Outline planning permission for a local centre was granted in 2015 and included shops, food and drink outlets, offices, a nursery, medical centre, pub and supermarket.
The supermarket and medical centre will be provided on other parts of the wider site. Our proposals seek to provide a local centre which serves both the existing and new communities.
To deliver a vibrant centre which complements the supermarket and medical centre, we have considered other uses that would not only provide a service for local residents, but also attract an element of passing trade. We have strong commitment from operators for a coffee shop, restaurant and petrol station with local convenience shop, which will serve as a catalyst by attracting operators for the rest of the local centre.
The proposals include:
At the heart of the local centre, a wide, tree-lined pedestrian boulevard, with new landscaping and attractive seating areas for residents to enjoy. During archaeological exploration of the wider Overstone Leys site, the largest Anglo-Saxon burial ground and settlement in Northamptonshire was unearthed. We would like to mark this important historical discovery. There may be an opportunity to include some form of artwork or display and we welcome your thoughts about what this could be.
The proposals will create up to 200 new job opportunities locally, in addition to those created during construction.
TRANSPORT AND ACCESSIBILITY
Saxon Park will form part of the Overstone Leys sustainable urban extension and will benefit from existing and proposed public transport connections. Saxon Park will also have good pedestrian and cycle links.
A Travel Plan will be prepared as part of the planning application, which will seek to reduce the use of the private car, and encourage travel by more sustainable modes including walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing.
Vehicular access to the local centre will be provided from a new priority junction onto Sywell Road. The access will be designed to ensure sufficient visibility and ensuring that junction spacing to the opposing access roads adhere to local design guidance.
The vast majority of the vehicle trips associated with the local centre will already be travelling on the local highway network in some form, and will visit the local centre as they are passing the site. Consequently, it is anticipated that the proposed local centre will not result in a material change in traffic flows on the highway network.
Plans were submitted to West Northamptonshire Council in November 2021 following consideration of feedback from the public consultation. The application is a hybrid planning application, meaning that we are seeking detailed planning consent for some elements of the plans (petrol station, coffee shop, restaurant) and outline planning consent for the rest.
We have already had interest from several local businesses who would like to have a presence here. Further reserved matters planning applications for these elements will be submitted in due course, to suit occupier demand.
Subject to planning permission, the first elements of the proposals could be complete by summer 2023.
For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Emily Parkin at Royal Pilgrim Communications who is managing our consultation process.
0800 061 2281
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