Plans for 1,000 houses on edge of Northampton set to be approved

Plans have been submitted to build 1,000 next to the Upton development
Plans have been submitted to build 1,000 next to the Upton development

Plans to build 1,000 houses, a primary school, shops and office units on the edge of Northampton are due to be discussed by Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee tonight.

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has submitted an outline planning application for the development of 2,000 square metres of open countryside next to the new village of Upton.

In a report prepared by Susan Bridge, head of planing at the borough council, the scheme is recommended for approval subject to a number of conditions.

The report states the development forms a “key component” of the borough council’s housing land requirement.

Ms Bridge states the site is located in a sustainable location and will be adequately served by the necessary infrastructure.

However, a petition against the proposal signed by 176 people as well as a further 12 responses have been sent to the borough council objecting to the plans.

The key issues include concerns that West Street is too narrow to be the “main road” into Upton as cars often double park along it.

Residents were also concerned the road would become a “rat run” for the A45 and would be too narrow for emergency vehicles.

Other concerns included an increased risk of flooding due to surface water run-off and concern about traffic congestion.

The Kislingbury Action Group has also expressed concerns that the “gap” is maintained between Northampton and Kislingbury. The group also said Campion School is at full capacity and cannot accommodate additional pupils from the new development.

The planning committee are due to discuss the proposal at a meeting at the Guildhall at 6pm on Tuesday night.