Fears that a multi-million pound supermarket development on the edge of Brackley could create rural rat runs have been voiced by Turweston residents.
Turweston Parish Council has called for developers to be compelled to provide £50,000 of funding to a £100,000 scheme to deter traffic from cutting through the village.
Councillor Patrick Fealey, who represents Turweston at Aylesbury Vale District Council, said: “The road is unsuitable for large volumes of traffic and unsuitable for large vehicles. We are looking to minimise the impact from the outset and get some funding for mitigation.”
Plans for the Northampton Road ‘gateway development’ include a health hub – which partly replaces the Cottage Hospital in Pebble Lane and also brings together two of the town’s GP surgeries – a Sainsbury’s supermarket and petrol station, office space and a 70-bed hotel.
Mr Fealey said English Heritage had already devised a scheme to solve the problem following concerns over a recently-approved new development for 350 homes off Turweston Road in Brackley.
Parish councillors are now considering the recommendations put forward by English Heritage.
Yesterday, Thursday, South Northamptonshire Council’s development control committee was set to make a decision on the scheme, which could bring £55 million of funding and more than 1,000 jobs to the area. But Turweston villagers are concerned this investment will come at a cost for their rural village, where the problem of ‘rat running’ already exists.
Mr Fealey said: “It is a picturesque village with a narrow road through it. It links just off the A43 through to the A422. At one end there is a very narrow bridge where there is little to no space for overtaking in that section.”