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New Northamptonshire relief road opens to public

28 June 2024

Drone photo of Sandy Lane Relief Road near Northampton

The first section of a new relief road which has been created to support the delivery of new housing developments has now opened to the public in Northamptonshire.

The road, which is the first section of the Sandy Lane Relief Road to be opened, has been built to connect residents at the new housing schemes and surrounding residential areas with the existing Sandy Lane road, opened to road users for the first time on Friday 28th June.

Miller Homes and Vistry Group are delivering a significant number of new homes in this part of Northamptonshire and the existing route between the A4500 and Roman Road passing along Sandy Lane was temporarily closed as part of this.

“We know in implementing much needed new housing developments there can be impact on residents but by working closely with the developers, we have sought to mitigate these as much as possible and address issues as they arose.

“I would like to apologise to the residents of Harpole and Duston, and businesses in the area, who have had a difficult time while this closure has been in place, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience.

“We’re very grateful to colleagues at Vistry Group and Miller Homes for working with us to deliver this link as soon as was possible.

“We will continue our conversations with Homes England to get the whole relief road completed as soon as possible.”
Stuart Timmiss, WNC Executive Director for Place and Economy

The two developments – known as Western Gate, built by Vistry Group under its Linden Homes and Bovis Homes brands, and Norwood Quarter, built by Miller Homes – will provide almost 800 new homes between them close to the Harpole and Duston areas of Northampton.

“We are pleased to have now opened this section of the Sandy Lane Relief Road for traffic to connect back onto Sandy Lane and between the new developments being built in this part of Northamptonshire.

“We have worked closely with West Northamptonshire Council to complete the work on this section of the new relief road as quickly and efficiently as possible, ensuring safety was at the top of our priority list at all times.

“We also appreciate the disruption this has caused while the road was being built and would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused, and now hope road users will benefit from the improved transport infrastructure for many years to come.

“Miller Homes and Vistry Group remain committed to delivering quality new housing within Northamptonshire, as work continues on our respective developments nearby the newly opened relief road.”
Spokesperson on behalf of the two developers

While one part of the Sandy Lane Relief Road has now opened to the public, West Northamptonshire Council hope that construction to join up the newly opened road to the southern section of the road will commence soon.

For further information about the developments being built by Miller Homes and Vistry Group, visit:

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