A meeting will be held today (Tuesday) to discuss the planning of a development that will include 1000 new homes on the edge of Northampton.
The Hardingstone Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) also includes plans for a 1,320 sqm retail centre, a pub, a primary school, a medical centre and a community centre just outside of Hardingstone in Northamptonshire.
The development, which will be accessible via Landimore Road and Newport Pagnell Road, falls within part of Northampton Borough Council’s five year housing supply target, part of the central government’s aim to improve regional economic development and employment opportunities.
However, the plan has been met with opposition from residents who have joined the Hardingstone Action Group.
In a protest last year, they raised their concerns about the strain the development would put on the local infrastructure and the amount of countryside that would be lost.
On their online blog, the group states that: “Hardingstone has provided new houses where it can, in small developments that the village can absorb.
“However now it could fall victim to a massive expansion, cutting it off from the countryside and doubling its size.
“We don’t think the roads would cope, we don’t think the schools would cope, and we don’t think Hardingstone could keep its village and community spirit.”
The public meeting to discuss the development will be held at Northampton’s Guildhall at 6pm tonight and the application, along with other items on the meeting’s agenda, can be viewed here: http://www.northamptonboroughcouncil.com/councillors/documents/s43682/2013-0338.pdf