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Developer to fund road improvements for approved homes plan

Words: Laura Edgar
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South Northamptonshire Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for 410 homes, subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement for developer contributions.

The homes will be located between Wootton and Brackmills.

Northampton Borough Council has already approved the 115 homes that are part of this development but outside of South Northamptonshire’s boundaries.

The applicants, Martin Grant Homes Ltd and Harcourt Developments Ltd, will have to contribute nearly £600,000 towards improvements to the Queen Eleanor and Tesco Mereway roundabouts.

Improvements will also have to be made to various junctions and pavements in the areas closer to the development, such as a new roundabout on the Newport Pagnell Road to give access to the site itself.

A contribution of £1.8 million will go towards health services, parks, open spaces, refuse and recycling, and public transport. Contributions to education and libraries will depend on the final mix of housing.

Jim Newton, assistant director for planning and economy at South Northamptonshire Council, said: “The principle of building homes in this area is well established under the West Northants Joint Core Strategy, but that was always on the condition local roads were improved.

“South Northamptonshire Council and Northampton Borough Council have worked closely together to ensure the development will be of very high quality, and that the essential infrastructure will be put in place to support the new homes.

"It is pleasing that the developer has chosen to invest in the area, which continues to be a highly attractive place to live, work and invest."

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