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Regional Planning and Development: Northamptonshire

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account was taken of the capacity of the A14 in setting housing development targets for north Northamptonshire; and if she will make a statement. (168507)

The Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub Regional Strategy (MKSM SRS) sets out the district level housing targets for North Northamptonshire. At the Examination in Public the Highways Agency accepted that possible capacity constraints on the A14 would need to be investigated further.

Since then, the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit has been developing a core strategy which is currently at the Examination in Public stage, and has worked closely with the Highways Agency, which has been carrying out studies to look at online improvements and options for the potential widening of parts of the A14. The Highways Agency has presented information to the Examination in Public to show improvements that can be made to the A14 to meet the anticipated housing trajectory.