Plans for 1,000 new houses on outskirts of Northampton go on display

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Major plans to build a development of 1,000 new houses close to a village on the outskirts of Northampton have gone on display.

The Government-backed Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) revealed its plans to build on land between Hardingstone and the Brackmills Industrial Estate on Saturday.

The county councillor for the area, Councillor Phil Larratt (Con, Nene Valley) said opinion on the development was mixed among people who live nearby.

He said: “There are obviously concerns among people in Hardingstone. Nobody wants development, but I think people recognise it’s going to happen, so it’s a question of getting the best deal we can out of it.

“It’s going to be a whole new village on the edge of Northampton and obviously Newport Pagnell Road is going to be affected by traffic, so we need to make sure it’s built in a way to avoid congestion as much as is possible and we need to make sure the development is appropriate to the surrounding area.”

The HCA has said the proposed development would include shops and community facilities as well as new houses. Some parts of the site would also be left open.

The plans will be on show at the Wootton Fields Library until June 28.

The HCA’s area manager, Julian Frost, said: “We’re keen to ensure residents are kept as involved in the planning process as possible.

“Events such as these are an important opportunity for people to let us know their views and help shape the future of the area.”

A planning application for the development is expected to be submitted in August.