Concern over plans to build more homes near busy Northampton roundabout

Booth Park, the site of the new houses being built on Booth Rise.
Booth Park, the site of the new houses being built on Booth Rise.

Serious concerns have been raised about plans to build more new houses next to a busy roundabout in Northampton.

Leicestershire developers Westleigh have revealed plans to build 38 new homes and a mini-supermarket on land in Booth Rise, next to the Round Spinney roundabout.

The development would be opposite 111 new homes which are currently being built on the other side of Booth Rise.

The councillor for the area, Councillor Mike Hallam (Con, Parklands) said he was already concerned about traffic levels in Booth Rise, which can hit gridlock during peak times.

He said: “This is an area that’s very bad for traffic.

“Also, that green space around the roundabout was put there for a reason, but it’s gradually being taken away. We can’t keep eating into it, so this development really concerns me.”

Westleigh owns the 2.6- acre site where it is planned to build the 38 new homes.

New properties which would be built on the site would range from one bedroom flats through to three bedroom houses.

Some of the blocks of flats would be up to three storeys tall.

Documents submitted to Northampton Borough Council by Westleigh said: “The development has been carefully considered so it will enhance both the site, its surroundings and the wider town.

“The site is ideally suited for housing and retail as transport and services are within close proximity and schools are easily accessible.”

The borough council’s planning committee is due to decide if the development should go ahead by March.