Northampton’s road to nowhere given fresh direction

The future of the Sandy Lane relief road has taken a turn for the better after permission was granted for 1,900 new homes at Norwood Farm by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

Published: Friday, 8th March 2019

The relief road was dubbed the ‘road to nowhere’ after construction stopped nearly a decade ago when proposals for new homes fell through.

As well as homes and the relief road the proposals will see millions of pounds poured into public open spaces, country park, play areas, a primary school, a mixed use local centre community facilities and offsite healthcare provision.

Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for Planning, said: “The principle of building homes in that location is well established under the Joint Core Strategy (JCS), but the history of this site demonstrates how complex this kind of proposal can be.

“There will be those who object to these plans, but we can only restate that we have the interests of existing and future residents at the forefront of our minds when making decisions like these.

“Having a road to nowhere is blighting our landscape and collective conscience and is holding back plans for Northampton’s desperately needed ring road.

“These plans will unblock those proposals and help Northampton reach its full potential.”

A minimum of 15 per cent of the first phase of housing will also be affordable housing and subsequent phases will be required to comprise a minimum of 17.5 per cent affordable homes.

While South Northamptonshire can demonstrated it has nearly 12 years’ worth of housing in the planning pipeline for the district, the Norwood Farm area is part of the Northampton Related Development Area (NRDA).

The NRDA forms part of the JCS and recognises that there is limited space within Northampton for housing developments. In doing so it allows homes built in South Northants on the outskirts of the town to be counted as part of Northampton’s contribution of new homes to the region.