Plans for huge new industrial estate off M1

Mhde-12-11-13 m1 Nov25''GV of the fields for site of new industrial estate, off the A45 on the other side of the Junction 16 roundabout towards Northampton .
Mhde-12-11-13 m1 Nov25''GV of the fields for site of new industrial estate, off the A45 on the other side of the Junction 16 roundabout towards Northampton .
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Concerns over the impact on the countryside have been raised by villagers about proposals to use a huge area near the M1 for an industrial estate.

However, a councillor has pointed out that if the site, near junction 16, was ever developed it could help fund the long anticipated Flore/Weedon bypass.

Hampton Brook Estates Ltd, a property developer based in Northampton, is hoping to convert land near the villages of Harpole, Kislingbury, Bugbrooke and Upper Heyford into a commercial warehousing area covering 113 hectares and known as Midway Park, saying it could provide 9,280 new jbos.

No planning application has been made as a planning inspector will decide in spring on the strategic plan identifying areas for housing or employment use.

But Ali Nanji, of Harpole, said he was worried about potential extra traffic and pollution in the rural area if the junction 16 site gets the go ahead. He said: “I came to live in a village from London seven years ago as I wanted a different way of life. I’m concerned that if the land becomes an industrial estate it will be the same as living in a city.”

Cllr Chris Over is DDC’s economic, employment and regeneration portfolio holder, and chairman of the joint planning unit drawing up the strategic plans.

He said: “These plans have been worked on and consulted on for a long time now; they haven’t just been thought up.

“One would think that if junction 16 was ever developed, then the developer would contribute towards the Flore/Weedon bypass, which would help Daventry grow.”