Potterspury Parish Council last night agreed to work together with the other local parishes in the area to oppose the plans by West Northants Council (WNC) to locate 6,000 houses alongside Old Stratford Roundabout. The new WNC strategic plan, that will guide development up to 2050, considers an option to locate 6,000 houses right alongside the already congested Old Stratford Roundabout. The roundabout (A5/A422/A508 interchange) is part of the strategic road network and has already been identified as a transport pinch-point which requires substantial upgrading.

Parish Council Chair Steve Parkin said “Putting a new town bigger than Towcester around an already congested roundabout is surely one of the worst options possible to provide new homes. It would have no real centre and make upgrading the already over capacity roundabout extremely difficult – it’s not a feasible option”.

At a recent meeting our five local parish councils (Cosgrove, Deanshanger, Old Stratford, Potterspury & Yardley Gobion) agreed to work together to oppose the plans by forming the A5 Parish Alliance. They plan to exchange information and urge villagers to respond the WNC Consultation.

Cllr Judith Millidge added “We know from our recent parish plan survey that Potterspury residents value the environment they live in. We urge everyone to examine the WNC proposals and have their say. The Old Stratford part of the plan is Option 5b and Question 28 in the document is the key”.

The options documents published by are WNC are available at https://westnorthantsplan.inconsult.uk/WNSPOptions/consultation

Consultation on the plan now closes on 24th December and the Parish Council are urging all residents to have their say.

The Parish Council’s views and some points to consider in your responses can be seen here.

Residents are urged to complete the WNC consultation paper, or at least respond to Question 28

Do you agree that spatial option 5b – Growth at Milton Keynes North West / Old Stratford – has the potential to support a new settlement?

This link https://westnorthantsplan.inconsult.uk/WNSPOptions/consultation includes the plan document, videos of consultation events and the response form (scroll down).

Alternatively, email WNC direct strategicplan@westnorthants.gov.uk  quoting question 28 and ensuring that you include your name and email address.

It is important that as many people as people as possible send in their views before the new deadline of 24 December 2021.