Expand Northampton’s boundaries to take control of estates and protect the town, Labour says

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The boundaries of Northampton should be widened so the Guildhall can take control of the huge housing estates set to be built around the edges of the town, councillors have said.

The so-called Sustainable Urban Expansions (SUEs), including Buckton Fields, Kings Heath, Duston, Moulton and land south of Brackmills, are technically in other council areas, but would see new residents there use the local amenities of Northampton.

It also means the likes of Daventry District Council get all the associated Council Tax plus New Homes Bonus cash from Government but suffer none of the consequences.

All parties at the Guildhall have argued for a fairer solution, but now Labour group has advocated widening Northampton’s boundaries to stop Daventry and South Northants ‘ganging up’ on Northampton.

Councillor Arthur McCutcheon said: “Our solution is to expand the official boundary of Northampton so we take in some of these new developments that are being deliberately dropped on our door step, such as Buckton Fields.

“There is also a very compelling case to have a limited expansion of our boundary to take in Grange Park and maybe other smaller developments like Little Houghton and Ecton.

“The present border was drawn up in the early 1970s but we have seen much housing growth since then. There is a debate to be had about how far the borough boundary should be expanded but in my opinion it should go out a parish.

“This is not to build on green fields around Northampton but simply to protect them.”

Labour, at the next full borough council meeting, is going to argue that the present boundaries of Northampton is out of date and propose a motion that they are is expanded.

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