A proposal to build 2,750 new homes and create 2,800 jobs in Northamptonshire has been given outline planning permission.
If the final detailed plans are also approved, the development in Towcester Vale, near Silverstone, will include a new relief road connecting the A5 south and A43, two primary schools, new local centres and leisure facilities.
Developers Persimmon Homes and Bloor Homes have also agreed to make further contributions to services in the area, such as education, public transport, highways and community facilities, including sports pitches and children’s play areas.
If full permission is granted by South Northamptonshire Council following public consultation within the next few months, the developers would aim to begin the work towards the end of this year.
But residents in nearby Yardley Gobion and Potterspury have voiced concerns about increased traffic that the development would bring to an area where the roads are already busy.
Colin Hicks said: “With 2,750 homes there will be at least 4,000 cars extra.
“It is great that part of the plan is a new relief road connecting the A45 south of Towcester with the A43 as this will almost eliminate the daily congestion on Towcester high street. But I think the council has taken a very narrow-minded view and not considered the wider implications of the traffic.
“How many of these new people would be using that road during the morning rush hour? During the morning commute it’s the A5 roundabout at Old Stratford that causes traffic to back up past Potterspury and even further - it’s a nightmare to get out.”
Calvin Bell, the council’s director of development, said: “With the undoubted impact that a development of this size will have on the town, we have worked with the developers to ensure that Towcester retains its charm as a market town while encompassing the requirement for growth.
“To that end the proposals include a substantial amount of green space, and all buildings will be of a high standard of design.”
Stephen Bawtree, chairman of the Pegasus Planning Group Ltd, acting as agent for Persimmon and Bloor Homes said: “The grant of planning permission is a key step in the process that will see the delivery of new homes, new facilities and of course the long awaited relief road for the town.
“My clients are ready to progress the details with the council and will be continuing their collaboration to deliver these important improvements.”
The building of the development is estimated to create 4,125 construction jobs. Once the scheme is completed, three new employment areas will generate the permanent new jobs for the wider area, which will involve working on the building of a hotel with leisure facilities, a pub restaurant, retail space and a new GP surgery.