Residents dispute claim that new Northampton estate will have easy access to M1

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A residents’ group has taken issue with an estate agents claiming easy access to the M1 from a new Northampton housing estate.

Bloor Homes, the agents for the Buckton Fields phase one, near Kingsthorpe, are selling the first houses there, and have pushed leaflets through front doors with claims that the estate will have “easy access to the M1”.

It says: “Excellent transport links are provided by easy access to the A14 and M1.”

But Whitehills and Spring Park Residents’ Association said traffic studies they had carried out show that it takes 45 minutes to get to the nearest junction at peak time currently.

WASPRA member Patrick Cross said: “It might take 10 minutes in the middle of the night but it takes a hell of a lot longer in the day. The congestion was the whole basis of our argument against Buckton Fields and they seem to have completely ignored that fact and just stuck it on their leaflets.

“On top of that, the 350 extra homes they are selling will make that journey even worse.

“I wouldn’t call getting to the M1 an easy journey at all.”

Bloor Homes said it was making efforts to decrease congestion.

A spokeswoman said: “Throughout the planning process, the developers accorded to the request of Daventry District Council and the County Council that funds would be better directed to improve the infrastructure in and around Kingsthorpe.

“A contribution of £1.5million will be provided from Bloor Homes and Martin Grant for improvements to the Kingsthorpe Corridor and £1.052million towards the North West bypass, plus £120,000 towards buses.”