Plans to build 38 homes near busy Northampton roundabout set to be approved

Guildhall, Northampton.
Guildhall, Northampton.
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Controversial plans to build 38 homes and a shop on land near a busy roundabout in Northampton are expected to be approved at a planning meeting tonight

Northampton Borough Council officers have given the green light for the development, situated between Booth Rise and Talavera Way, near the Round Spinney roundabout, as they believe the proposal would be a ‘satisfactory reuse’ of the land and contribute to the ‘housing need’ in the town.

However 38 letters of objection from members of the public have been sent to the council in regard to the plans - with people complaining the site will feature insufficient car parking, would clog up the surrounding road network and would lead to an even greater strain on busy local schools.

Northampton North MP Michael Ellis says the land, home to vegetation and trees, should be kept as a landscaped buffer between developments.

He said: “We’ve got to take this in context with other plans for the northern reaches of Northampton - some of them are very sizeable.

“When you put these developments together the road usage is going to be much heavier and that is going to have an effect on the quality of life of those living there.

“I acknowledge the need for housing - but we’ve got to have the right infrastructure in place first.”

The planning board meeting is set for tonight at 6pm in the The Jeffrey Room of the Guildhall, St Giles Square, which the public may attend.