Priors Hall – a ten year involvement

Priors Hall – a ten year involvement

A 420 hectare site on the eastern flank of Corby, Priors Hall is currently greenfield although much of it has been worked in the past for ironstone. A major new settlement proposal will see it transformed into a development of 5,500 new homes with over 100 hectares of retained parkland. But many environmental issues have needed to be resolved – the presence of two county wildlife sites, potential drainage and offsite contamination problems, a scheduled ancient monument with significant archaeological remains, and noise from the nearby Rockingham motor circuit.

Our involvement in the project started in 2003 with the baseline environmental assessment work on drainage strategy, geotechnical appraisal, noise modelling, archaeology and landscape to inform the overall site master planning. We provided all the technical aspects of the EIA including ecology and nature conservation. Detailed geotechnical testing established that off-site contaminants were not migrating onto the site. We worked closely with the Environment Agency to develop a full flood risk assessment and SUDs strategy, and with English Heritage to make sure that heritage issues were fully incorporated into a sensitive master plan. Agricultural land is being converted into new habitat types in line with the countywide biodiversity action plan.