Northamptonshire County Council is seeking views on two proposed road schemes to the north of Northampton.
The North West Relief Road and the Northern Orbital Routes are needed to accommodate planned and future growth in and around Northampton, and to relieve existing traffic problems in the northern parts of the town and surrounding villages.
Though both projects are being developed independently, they are being consulted on together not only because they connect but because they fulfil similar objectives.
The consultation will start on Monday 19 June and will last until Friday 4 August. As part of the consultation, exhibitions will also be held to show where the proposed routes will go, with staff on hand to answer any queries.
Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure and economic growth said:
“These two routes are enormously important not just for Northampton but for the county as a whole as they will help unlock housing and economic growth.
“With the county and Northampton in particular continuing to grow rapidly it is important to get the infrastructure in place.
“Further to that, Kingsthorpe is already very congested with existing traffic levels and these roads will alleviate a great deal of pressure there.”
Northampton North-West Relief Road
The Northampton North-West Relief Road will link the A428 Harlestone Road with the A5199 Welford Road and serve the housing growth that is proposed to the west and north of Northampton. It will also help address existing congestion, particularly in Kingsthorpe.
The total scheme cost is estimated to be about £32m. A bid for £7.93m was submitted as part of the government's Growth Deal fund and approved in March this year. The remainder of funding will come from developers, including the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
The North West Relief Road was consulted on in the late 1980s and a preferred route agreed at that time, but subsequently dropped – hence the need to consult again. The preferred route from the 1980s has been refined to keep it to the west of the river which keeps it further from housing and makes it easier for it to continue northwards as the Northern Orbital.
Northampton Northern Orbital Route
The Northampton Northern Orbital Route would extend the town’s ring road from the North West Relief Road at the A5199 Welford Road to the A43 Kettering Road, with a link to the Moulton Park industrial estate.
Public consultation on the Northern Orbital Route took place between February and April 2016, including a public exhibition held at Moulton College. This was the first time that the public had been consulted on options for such a road.
While people were asked to indicate their preferred choice if they wished, this wasn’t a ‘vote’ in the conventional sense. It was just as important to understand the reasons why people did, or did not, favour a particular route.
The results of the consultation, and in particular the number of issues highlighted, indicated that there was insufficient evidence available to make a decision on a preferred route for the Northern Orbital Route at that time.
Following the cabinet paper last September two revised options for the route have been developed, which were based on comments made at the last consultation. They avoid Boughton Park and route the road through Pitsford Quarry.
Two new options are also being presented for the spur into Moulton Park, to the east and west of the previous route that could connect to either of the main route options.
- Monday 3 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Kingsthorpe – Liburd Room, Whilton Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 7SB.
- Wednesday 5 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Boughton – Boughton Village Hall, Butcher’s Lane, Boughton, NN2 8SH.
- Thursday 6 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Harlestone – Harlestone Village Institute
- Saturday 8 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Kingsthorpe – Pastures Community Centre, 222 Welford Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 8PN.
- Friday 14 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Moulton – Moulton Community Centre, Sandy Hill Reedings, Moulton, NN3 7AX.
- Saturday 15 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Pitsford - Pitsford Village Hall, High Street, Pitsford, Northampton. NN6 9AS.
The exhibition boards will then be on display in Kingsthorpe Library in Welford Road, Northampton between Tuesday 18 July and Friday 4 August.
Following the consultation a report will be prepared and brought back before Cabinet.