The Project

Outline planning permission for the Hanwood Park development was granted back in April 2010. The permission is for up to 5,500 homes, schools, district and local centres, community buildings, shops and space for new businesses and healthcare.

The Masterplan

A strategic masterplan for developing Hanwood Park has been prepared to:

  • ensure the development is a seamless extension of Kettering and sits comfortably within the countryside;
  • respond to constraints and opportunities, such as those presented by existing development and features in the landscape;
  • ensure that the development is well thought out and accords with design principles and best practice guidance;
  • provide up to 5,500 new homes with a variety of supporting uses – employment, leisure, retail, community and recreation spaces;
  • create a place that’s attractive, welcoming, and easy to navigate;
  • provide a balanced range of uses within a healthy environment, where there are open spaces and attractive landscaping, to encourage walking and cycling.

The image above is an illustrative landscape masterplan. If you would like to view and download a copy of the new detailed Strategic Masterplan, you can do so here.

Outline Application

Outline planning permission for the Hanwood Park development was granted back in April 2010. The permission is for up to 5,500 homes, schools, district and local centres, community buildings, shops and space for new businesses and healthcare.

When outline permission for a new neighbourhood like Hanwood Park is granted, detailed matters are reserved for later consideration and must be agreed before building can start. These ‘reserved matters’ include the access, appearance, landscaping, layout, and scale of each development parcel. A series of ‘reserved matters’ planning applications have been prepared, submitted and agreed and the Hanwood Park development is well underway, with many new homes completed, as well as new roads and Hayfield Cross Church of England Primary School (pictured).

The outline permission allows a fixed period of 10 years for the submission of detailed proposals, which ends this year. Hanwood Park LLP will be submitting a new outline application soon, with some minor amendments. The main purpose of the new application is to secure more time for the submission of future detailed proposals, to continue and complete the originally approved development.

What Has Changed?

The original masterplan for Hanwood Park was submitted in August 2007. Since then, the development has progressed, and some minor adjustments have been made. Full details will be provided in the outline planning submission, but the proposed minor amendments can be summarised as follows:

  • Adjustments to the development area to exclude some land parcels which are owned by others, or have already been developed (including the Hayfield Cross Primary School site).
  • Updates to development parcels close to the new junction 10a to reflect current thinking around its possible location/alignment.
  • A review of the development parcels within Phase 1 to deliver suitable, viable and attractive services and facilities within the District Centre and also allow scope for other complementary uses
  • Adjustment of the secondary school parcel to account for the location of the primary electrical substation.
  • Indicative secondary routes to show how development parcels will be connected in the future.
  • Identification of locations for additional sustainable drainage ponds, within the open spaces, to ensure the development continues to be designed for climate change.

View and download a copy of the approved masterplan for Hanwood Park, last updated in November 2013.

View and download a copy of the proposed new Strategic Masterplan.