Are Northampton North-West Relief Road plans back on the cards?

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Plans to move forward with the Northampton North-West Relief Road could soon be coming back to the table.

Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet is currently scheduled to discuss the proposed new road at its next meeting on September 12, where it is set to debate whether to support, in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council, the delivery of the project.

The plans appear to have taken a back seat after 1,200 residents responded to a consultation on the relief road as well as the Northampton Northern Orbital Road, although the two schemes are separate.

The one-mile relief road would connect the A5199 Welford Road, via Sandy Lane, with a junction located adjacent to Grange Farm, which will provide access to the future Dallington Grange development.

Funding of £7.93m has been secured from the Government's Growth Deal fund, although a firm costing of the scheme has yet to be arrived at.

But campaigners say the roads will save only 40 seconds off any journey, and are part of a larger scheme to open up north Northampton for housing development.

The plans also seem to be gathering speed with consulting company WSP requesting the county council for an ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’ scoping opinion, also known as an EIA.

The purpose of the report is to inform the county council, statutory consultees, and key stakeholders about the proposed scope of the EIA, which would look at impacts on the environment such as air quality, drainage and noise.

The findings of that report would then be presented in an environmental statement (ES) that will accompany any subsequent planning application for the relief road.

A consultation on the EIA went live on the county council’s website on August 14 and is due to end on September 4.