Green light for 35 new homes in Northampton after developers improve plans

Site for development of 35 new homes near Round Spinney roundabout
Site for development of 35 new homes near Round Spinney roundabout

A plan for 35 new homes in Northampton has been approved after developers made changes after concerns by residents over traffic congestion.

Plans for the 10 one-bedroom flats, 15 two-bedroom houses and 10 three-bedroom houses on the site between Booth Rise and Talavera Way were submitted again by Leicestershire developers Westleigh Partnerships Ltd, during a meeting with Northampton Borough Council planning committee last night.

The original plan for the site was rejected by the committee in June last year because of its location next to Round Spinney roundabout, which already suffers from traffic problems.

Following recommendations from the Northampton Borough Council planning committee and nearby residents at the time, Westleigh has now agreed to fund a primary and secondary school, two bus shelters, nearby road improvements and maintenance of the Boothville Community Centre.

The developer has also promised to ensure that 35 percent of the new homes would be affordable.

When the committee refused the previous proposal for 38 homes on the site, it said: “The application site is surrounded by roads, including those frequented by a high volume of traffic, which prevent effective direct pedestrian links to the surrounding area from being formed. As a consequence, the development would not be integrated with the surrounding area.

“Furthermore, the site forms a green area between the surrounding urban areas and the development would form an incongruous feature, detrimental to the character and appearance of the locality.”

The site is also located opposite another recent development of more than 100 houses.

Speaking at last night’s meeting, Councillor Mike Hallam (Con, Parklands), made a representation to the committee. Councillor Hallam is not a member of the planning committee.

He said: “I appreciate the ammendments made by the development and the efforts it has gone to to consult residents. However, this development would still add at least another 100 cars to the roundabouts during rush hours.

“Even with the improvements, the plans cannot change the location, near what is one of the busiest roundabouts in the town.”

Members of the planning committee disagreed and approved the plan.