SOUTH Northants residents want guarantees of infrastructure improvements after viewing plans for a 200 home development between Towcester and Wood Burcote.
The Advertiser spoke to residents as they left a public exhibition at Chantry House on Wednesday which outlined plans for what is being called the Wood Burcote Court development.
The proposal include a linear park and around 200 low density, high quality homes. The existing farm and manor houses will also be retained.
The exhibition was conducted by design consultants WYG on behalf of the land owner Timothy Jackson Stopps and by the middle of afternoon nearly 70 people had viewed the plans with many more expected in the evening.
Silverstone resident Paul Meaden said: “The plan, as it stands, is a very positive proposal, especially with the park. But the bigger issue is how it fits into the wider development of Towcester. A small piece of park land is not the only facility the town needs if it is going to expand so dramatically with the Persimmon Bloor southern extension.”
Mr Meaden added: “The big concern is traffic. Wood Burcote road is a narrow, restricted country lane and this number of houses will generate a lot of cars.”
Husband and wife Keith and Barbara Phillips of Nightingale Drive will be living opposite the entrance to the new estate if it goes ahead.
Mr Phillips wants assurances that public infrastructure improvements made as conditions of future planning permission are delivered. Citing the Shires estate off Northampton Road, which Mrs Phillips described as isolated, Mr Phillips said: “We’ve seen it before with in Towcester, all the promised social parts of a proposal never materialise.”
Mrs Phillips added: “Wood Burcote Road is already used as a rat run and this will only put more traffic on it.”
Simon Coles, regional director for WYG Planning and Design said the exhibition was the result of extensive surveys of the site and detailed discussions with South Northants Council and the West Northants Development Corporation and is expecting the latter to receive an outline planning application by the beginning of July.
He added: “The proposals are consistent with the recently adopted Towcester Masterplan and involve a new public park for Towcester and high quality new homes that have been designed to safeguard the distinctive characteristics of the site.”