Changes to the Application
To help ensure local views are incorporated, the East Kettering Liaison Forum has been established that allows matters to be raised with the development team.
Since submission of the application, a series of amendments have been made to the plans in response to comments that have been made in the application consultation process. The major changes include:
- A new road to the A43 providing a bypass for Weekley and Warkton
- A site for park and ride is no longer reserved as other options are being considered
- More space for employment and jobs off a new Junction 10a of the A14
- A hotel with leisure facilities are now proposed in a single location close to Junction 10a
- The open space strategy has been changed with formal open space on sites near Cranford Road and Poplars Farm, and more informal parkland space on the eastern and northern edge of the development
- A more compact district centre, with a full range of shopping and community facilities
- The secondary school and one of the three primary schools has increased in size to respond to comments from the County Council
The most significant change is the access strategy. The previous proposals relied upon the provision of the Kettering Eastern Avenue – a bypass around the eastern side of the town. Studies now show that this is not needed, although a replacement link to the A14 at junction 10a (with closure of junction 10), and the Warkton and Weekley Avenue, which are parts of the old KEA will be needed.