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West Hill, Kettering

Client: Kier Living (Reserved Matters)
Project: 460 dwellings, private and affordable, Buccleuch (Outline)

The site had stalled due to S106 requirements. RDC was appointed by the land owner, Buccleuch, to help negotiate reduced contributions with Kettering Borough Council and County Highways. The negotiations were successful and a new S106 was agreed that rendered the site viable.

RDC produced a new Masterplan generating 460 dwellings and working closely with the Joint Planning Unit and Kettering Borough Council planners Design Codes were produced.

The site constraints ranged from overhead power lines, an underground high pressure gas main, noise from A14 and protected species. These were all successfully overcome to form a cohesive Masterplan.

The Masterplan divided the site into a number of character areas drawing inspiration from local vernacular, such as the Victorian Avenues that can be found within Kettering and for a more rural feel the surrounding Northamptonshire villages. A series of key spaces were designed into the scheme to aid legibility and social interaction. Due to noise influence from the A14 a terraced frontage was designed to perform a noise reducing function, lowering noise levels within the site to acceptable levels. This frontage comprised of specially design single aspect dwellings with non habitable rooms to the A14 frontage.

As part of the public consultation exercise RDC organised and produced material for a public exhibition and a Statement of Community Involvement was produced. We continued to work closely with the planners following the resubmission of the Outline.

Following grant of planning consent RDC were appointed by Kier Living to produce a reserved matters application for 240 dwellings. Principles established by the Design Codes and Masterplan approved under the Outline were used to inform the layout.

The Kier Living housetype range was used and RDC re-elevated the housetypes to reflect local character as required by the Design Codes.

Working with Kettering Borough Council planners the Reserved Matters scheme was brought to committee and was subsequently approved.

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