Approval given for 2,000 homes in Northamptonshire if developers provide £37m of local services

Site set out for 2,000 new homes between Moulton and Overstone
Site set out for 2,000 new homes between Moulton and Overstone

A plan to build 2,000 homes, which would effectively link two Northamptonshire villages, has been given approval, on the condition that the developers provide almost £37million of services for the area.

Permission was given for the development, set for land at Overstone Leys between Moulton and Overstone, during a planning meeting at Daventry District Council last night.

But the work will only be allowed to go ahead if the developers, Barratt Developments PLC, meet with a Section 106 agreement, requiring them to supply sufficient services for new residents.

At least £36,921,000 has been billed so far to fund local amenities, such as a new primary and secondary school, part of a new community centre, a new tender at Moulton Fire Station and £15,620,000 towards traffic improvement, which includes a plan to create a new dual carriageway section of the A43.

The plans had faced objection from residents and Moulton Parish Council on the grounds of increased traffic and that the development, which would take up space between Moulton and Overstone, would damage their traditional village identity.

Barry Care, the council’s chairman, said the 2,000 new homes would bring around 12,000 extra residents to the area. Before the meeting he said: “It would be a waste of time to protest against the plan anymore.

“Instead we want to focus on mitigation and make sure that the little practical but important details are properly dealt with and not overlooked.”

Richard Edwards, head of strategic land for Barratt Developments, said: “We’re pleased that the decision was taken last night to approve our proposals for a new development, allowing us to bring urgently needed new homes to this area.

“Now it has been approved, this development will bring vital new homes, combined with infrastructure provision in excess of £30 million, plus significant necessary improvements to the local road network, as well as many other benefits.

“For the last three years we’ve been in detailed consultation through close liaisons with the local authorities and people in shaping the development plan for this area to deliver this scheme.”