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Tresham Garden Village

Background

Tresham Garden Village (previously referred to as Deenethorpe Airfield Garden Village) is one of 14 garden village projects that the Government is supporting through capacity funding and assistance from Homes England. This support has enabled East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) and the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning and Delivery Unit to work with the promoter (Land Acquisition and Promotion LLP) and landowner (the Deene Estate) to prepare a detailed masterplan and delivery strategy.

Location of proposed Garden Village. 360 degree panoramic aerial imagery of the site is also available here.

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The proposal for an exemplary new Garden Village includes 1,500 homes, community facilities, shops, business premises and generous green space. It would occupy part of the 600 acre airfield site located between the villages of Deenethorpe and Benefield to the east of Corby.

The Joint Core Strategy

The idea of creating a Garden Village at the airfield was tested through the preparation of the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (the strategic policy framework for the local authority areas of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough). This was adopted in July 2016 following various stages of consultation, and an examination by an independent Inspector. Policy 14 of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) identifies the opportunity to create an exemplary Garden Village and sets out demanding standards for its design and operation.

The Masterplan and Delivery Strategy

A Masterplan and Delivery Strategy (MDS) has been prepared to make sure that key issues identified in the Joint Core Strategy are addressed in deciding whether and how the Garden Village should be built. These include the following:

  • How to make effective use of the previously developed airfield site, including the removal of existing aviation facilities and open storage uses and the restoration of the landscape;
  • Providing a balance of homes and jobs;
  • Provision of a mix of new housing, both market and affordable, as well as accommodation for older persons;
  • Providing quality open space, including natural and formal green spaces;
  • Providing a network of dedicated pedestrian and cycle links with direct and clearly defined connections to neighbouring towns and villages;
  • Providing a road network which allows the village to be serviced by public transport;
  • Providing Nursery and Primary education facilities (with the potential for a secondary school also considered)
  • Providing local shops/services and a range of spaces for community use.

A 6-week consultation on the draft MDS took place between March and April 2018. This included public exhibitions to gather feedback on the proposals.  Following amendment in the light of comments received, the draft MDS was agreed by ENC’s Full Council on October 15 2018, subject to the resolution of outstanding technical details to be agreed under delegated authority.

Following this, an updated MDS was agreed by the Council in July 2019 which is considered to satisfy the criteria and standards of Policy 14 of the Joint Core Strategy .

What happens next?

The MDS will form the basis for a planning application which the site promoters are preparing for submission to the Council (anticipated in summer 2020).

Planning permission will only be granted if the Garden Village proposal is of the highest possible standard of design and sustainability. It should also address concerns and opportunities identified by local communities.

Work on the MDS was been steered by a Project Board including representatives of the District and County Councils and the Parish Councils of Deene and Deenethorpe and Benefield. A Liaison Forum will now be established to involve a wider range of stakeholders, including representatives of local communities, as the project proceeds.