A bypass around Moulton that will unlock land to build thousands of new homes has been given the go-ahead.
Members of Northamptonshire County Council’s development control committee gave their support to the scheme for the A43 bypass to the east of Moulton.
The section of road would open up land for the urban extension of North Northampton where 2,000 homes are proposed. Approval was given subject to one of the access roads, Thorpeville, not being included in the scheme.
Planning officers recommended that the plans be approved arguing that concerns over additional traffic in the surrounding area and the environmental impact outweighed concerns raised by nearby parish councils and residents.
A total of 178 properties are close to the route of the bypass and a petition containing 125 signatures were presented to the council ahead of the decision.
Objections raised included concern about opening up Thorpeville, which as amended by councillors, fears that the traffic calming on nearby roads will not stop them being used as a rat run and the impact on the countryside and cycle routes.
Officers stated that there would be a “short-term impact from noise” during the construction period but long-term measures would be put in place to mitigate it.