Bypass route to north of Northampton ‘to be approved in 2016’

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Possible routes for a new 
bypass to the north of Northampton will be presented to the public this autumn, the leader of the county council has said.

Councillor Jim Harker said the new road would run from near the Windhover pub in Chapel Brampton to the A43 north of Moulton.

Northamptonshire County Council has already spoken of an ambition to build a highway from Harlestone Road, near Harlestone Firs, to the Windhover. Both plans follow the building of the Sandy Lane relief road in 2010.

When all the roads are complete, it will see the A45 near Harpole linked directly to the A43.

Angela Bartlett, secretary of Whitehills and Spring Park Residents’ Association (WASPRA) said: “There are several caveats, not least the cost, but it’s great news.

“As things stood, the bypass would have finished in Chapel Brampton, depositing HGVs and other traffic outside Smith’s Farm Shop.

“They would then have had to wind their way through the villages to get to the A43.”

Campaigners in northern Northampton are also concerned with bypass plans because of the huge number of houses due to be built in Northampton by 2029.

With more than 18,000 homes on the way, many feel the resultant extra vehicles would bring the already busy road network to a standstill.

The first stage in the new Chapel Brampton-Moulton scheme will be a public consultation in the autumn.

People will be able to comment on which route they would prefer the highway to take.

Informed by public opinion, one of the routes would then come before county council cabinet members for approval in early 2016.

A planning application would come next, then funding would need to be sought.

Nevertheless, the UKIP group at County Hall, who uncovered the proposals after a question to full council, are delighted an outline timetable has been made public.

Councillor Michael Brown said: “The congestion at the north of the town is a huge issue, so we are delighted .”

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Leader says ‘missing link’ road must come first before new homes

People should not move into Northampton’s imminent housing estates until the link between the A43 and A45 is constructed, the county council leader has said.

The cost of the Chapel Brampton -Moulton stretch will mostly be met by developers planning an estate near Overstone, coupled with money from another 2,500 homes nearby.

Councillor Jim Harker said: “I’d much prefer for the road to be in place beforehand.

“As long as we know the funding will definitely come to us, we can finance the construction costs and get them built.”

Campaigners have been careful to ask for a dual carriageway with sliproads, so congestion is eased rather than merely shifted.

Councillor Harker said: “I can’t say whether it would be a dual carriageway initially, but we could buy enough land for a dual road and upgrade it in future if necessary .”