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Hookhams Path Development

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North Northamptonshire Council website is the place to go to find out about housing.    Click on housing and look at Keyways.     No updates have been made regarding which housing association etc will be responsible for social housing on the site which includes shared ownership housing.   Bloor Homes is the developer, continue to check their websites for release dates.  
Planning Application WP/20/00314/FUL 
Residential development consisting of 98 dwellings, a community woodland, SuDS attenuation. Open space including children's play area, 
access arrangements off Hookhams Path, and associated landscaping, infrastructure and ancillary development.
At a meeting on Wednesday 04 November 2020, The Borough Council Planning Committee granted planning permission in principle and to delegate to the principal planning manager to approve the conditions set in the committee report and late papers following the completion of a S106 planning agreement.
The Committee thought the development was a well thought out scheme and in their opinion was mostly in accordance with the Neighbourhood Plan providing benefits for the village without material harm.
The Parish Council's objections in July 2020 for over-development and non-conformity with the Neighbourhood Plan were not accepted by the applicant, as the applicant was satisfied that the application would be approved at the Committee stage.
The Parish Council then submitted a response to a Borough consultation in September 2020 with our suggestions for compromise, but the discussions with the applicant still did not result in a reduction of the number of homes. Therefore, as we were unable to reduce the number of houses, the Parish Council decided to focus on maximizing S106 benefit as a means of mitigating the impact of 98 homes on this site. 
There is a further update in the Wollaston Together magazine, copies of which are available in Wollaston Community Library or online
The housing forecast and the S106 benefits are anticipated to be as follows:-
39 affordable homes of which 11 will be for shared ownership.
59 market homes including 4 bungalows and 5 plots for custom build homes
£348k - Early Years education 
£340k - Senior school facilities
£21k - Library facilities
£50k - Health Care Wollaston Surgery
£136k - Playing Pitches improvements and provision of additional capacity
£53k – Sports Halls
£36k - Allotment provision
£25k – Contribution towards an Irchester – Wollaston Cycle Path
2 ha of Woodland on site for community use
1 ha of open green space on site
0.3 ha of land off site for the building of a  new Community Hall and Preschool
The Parish Council have been notified that the actual S106 funds will become available during stages of the development.
The Parish Council negotiated to extend the 0.3 ha of land to build a new Community Hall and Preschool as a larger plot is required. These negotiations are ongoing with the landowner as we are also looking for additional land for junior cricket and football playing fields. Further announcements will be made in due course.  Once the S106 Agreement is signed off hopefully in early 2022, the Parish Council can begin to make some enquiries by way of searches on the land, drawn some plans up with architects and Village Hall users, ready to be put in for a planning application.    The Parish Council plan to involve the community and residents in the new building and an open event will be made available for everyone to have their say on the proposed Community Centre and Preschool.  One of the stipulations is that a preschool must reside in the building.   It has been proposed Busy Bees Preschool will move to the new building where 30 hours of child care will be available for parents and carers.

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