Kettering Borough Council has awarded outline permission for 70 new homes on a land parcel in Desborough.

Harris Lamb’s planning consultancy, acting on behalf of the landowner, Tata Steel (UK) Limited, submitted proposals to Kettering Borough Council for up to 70 dwellings in Desborough.

The land, at Gaultney Farm on Pipewell Road will now be sold to a developer to build out.

Sam Silcocks, of the planning team, said: “This decision secures the first phase of residential development on this site.  This is good news because it will facilitate the sale for the landowner.

“I was particularly pleased as I have been working on this site for a couple of years now, having started with the promotion of the site through the Neighbourhood Plan, so it is nice to see the hard work pay off.

“My colleagues in our Residential Land team already have a housebuilder lined up to take on the first phase and I am looking forward to working with the housebuilder on the promotion of the remainder of the site for another 130 dwellings.  Our Environmental department will also be involved going forward to assist with the licencing process, so the whole project will result in a good team effort.”