Villages ‘will not be affected’ by new development

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A PLANNING officer has said a new housing development on the outskirts of Northampton will not join up with Kislingbury or Harpole.

Plans for a large-scale housing development around the site of the Princess Marina hospital near Duston have been on the cards for a number of years.

Members of South Northamptonshire Council will next week discuss the latest proposals, which include 1,790 new houses, a new primary school, a park and ride service with space for 1,000 cars, a country park and business space.

And in a report which will be seen by the council’s planning committee, council planning officer Michael Warren said the people behind the plans, Redrow Homes and the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, had suggested the new houses could create a “positive and defensible boundary to the western edge of Northampton”, meaning it would not join up with nearby villages, such as Kislingbury or Harpole.

He added: “The applicant’s vision for the site is to create a lively, safe and sustainable community, also providing an attractive western gateway to Northampton.”

There would also be a “gateway feature” at the entrance to the development, which Mr Warren said would create a “strong sense of arrival for those entering Northampton from the north and west as well as a ‘sense of departure’ for those leaving the town”.