East Kettering S.U.E. - Overview
East Kettering SUE will provide 21.3 hectares of Formal Open Space across three parcels of land, FOS1 near Poplars Farm, FOS2 near to the primary school PS3 in the eastern part of the development and FOS3 which is opposite existing dwellings on Cranford Road . In addition to this playing fields will be located at the schools. The Formal Open Space will take a number of forms, which could include sports pitches, tennis courts and bowling greens
85.9 ha of informal open space will be proved as part of the SUE, including the retention of existing parcels of woodland at Shaft Field Spinney, Stubbs Spinney and The Osier Bed and 26 hectares of new woodland planting.
The majority of the Informal Space will be provided as parkland which runs across the SUE and consists of the Central Park (incorporating Central Bowl and Valley Park ), East Park Edge and the Barton Approach. Central Park provides a green spine through the site and contains a mix of formal and informal spaces. Central Bowl, which is next to the District Centre, is a more formal area with spaces which will offer chances for play, relaxation, water features, events and performances. Valley Park comprises two green fingers which link the Central Bowl to the northern and eastern fringes of the site. This part of the park extends northwards and eastwards along watercourses. Northwards it runs through and provides a focus to housing areas whilst to the east it provides a setting for the possible secondary school and employment uses. Overall the Valley Park will be more informal and natural in character. The nature of the space will change as you move through the Central Park . This therefore offers people the opportunity to experience the space in different ways.
Barton Approach connects the Central Park to the link on Barton Road , and the rest of Kettering and Barton Seagrave acting as a gateway to the development and to the town. East Park Edge runs along eastern edge of the site and extends beyond the site boundary, providing some off-site GI provision. This area provides a transition from the development to the open countryside.