Developer told to improve local roads for 525 home proposal

House builders will have to help fund improvements to some of Northampton’s worst traffic hotspots after planning permission was granted for 525 homes between Wootton and Brackmills.

Published: Friday, 29th November 2019

On Thursday, 28 November South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) planning committee resolved to grant permission for 410 homes which fall within its boundaries, subject to the finalisation of a S106 legal agreement for developer contributions. This follows last week’s decision by Northampton Borough Council to grant permission for an additional 115 homes as part of the same development within their borders.

As part of the development the applicants, Martin Grant Homes Ltd and Harcourt Developments Ltd, will have to contribute nearly £600,000 towards improvements to the Queen Eleanor and Tesco Mereway roundabouts.

A raft of improvements will also have to be made to various junctions and pavements in the areas closer to the development, including a new roundabout on the Newport Pagnell Road giving access to the site itself.

Jim Newton, SNC’s assistant director for planning and economy, said: “The principle of building homes in this area is well established under the West Northants Joint Core Strategy, but that was always on the condition local roads were improved.

“South Northamptonshire Council and Northampton Borough Council have worked closely together to ensure the development will be of very high quality, and that the essential infrastructure will be put in place to support the new homes.

"It is pleasing that the developer has chosen to invest in the area, which continues to be a highly attractive place to live, work and invest."

Not counting contributions to education and libraries, which depends on the final mix of houses, the developer will also be contributing over £1.8million towards health services, parks (and in particular Brackmills County Park), open spaces, play equipment, refuse and recycling and public transport.