In a press release today Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning announced the granting of permission for the first phase of development of the Norwood Farm site with 1900+ homes in Harpole Parish. Concentrating on the “Road to nowhere”, which will now be built by the developers, the press release (see below) talks about the road having held up the development of the ring road for Northampton. Your Parish Council has objected to the development on the basis that driving a ring road through a housing development with 4 roundabouts between Weedon Road and Nobottle road does little for the new community, the ring road or the residents of Sandy Lane, South View and the Village. In addition, placing a school on the West side of one of the roundabouts will have a negative effect on the air quality for the students. SNC has told the Parish Council that these factors have all been the subject of independent examination. SNC has not accepted the Parish Council’s objections, and the application was approved on March 7th. The Chair of the Parish Council, Cllr Colin Wilkinson spoke at the meeting emphasising the Council’s objections. Cllr. David Lowrence  

Press Release

Press Release
Date: 08 March 2019 Issue: SNCPR15156 For Immediate Release
Northampton’s road to nowhere given fresh directionThe future of the Sandy Lane relief road has taken a turn for the better after permission was granted for 1,900 new homes at Norwood Farm by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC). The relief road was dubbed the ‘road to nowhere’ after construction stopped nearly a decade ago when proposals for new homes fell through. As well as homes and the relief road the proposals will see millions of pounds poured into public open spaces, a country park, play areas, a primary school, a mixed use local centre community facilities and offsite healthcare provision. Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for Planning, said: “The principle of building homes in that location is well established under the Joint Core Strategy (JCS), but the history of this site demonstrates how complex this kind of proposal can be. “There will be those who object to these plans, but we can only restate that we have the interests of existing and future residents at the forefront of our minds when making decisions like these. “Having a road to nowhere is blighting our landscape and collective conscience and is holding back plans for Northampton’s desperately needed ring road. “These plans will unblock those proposals and help Northampton reach its full potential.” A minimum of 15 per cent of the first phase of housing will also be affordable housing and subsequent phases will be required to comprise a minimum of 17.5 per cent affordable homes. While South Northamptonshire can demonstrated it has nearly 12 years’ worth of housing in the planning pipeline for the district, the Norwood Farm area is part of the Northampton Related Development Area (NRDA). The NRDA forms part of the JCS and recognises that there is limited space within Northampton for housing developments. In doing so it allows homes built in South Northants on the outskirts of the town to be counted as part of Northampton’s contribution of new homes to the region.  END For press and media enquiries, contact: Gavin MooreCommunications and marketing executiveSouth Northamptonshire Council 01327 322312