Northampton flood plain homes approved despite protests

Plans for a housing development on part of a flood plain on the edge of Northampton have been approved despite protests from nearby villages.

Councillors at Northampton Borough Council gave outline planning permission for 625 homes to be built at Pineham.

Residents from Kislingbury village had said the plans might cause flooding.

The Tory-run authority said it was satisfied with flood prevention measures put in place.

Penny Flavell, who chaired the planning committee, said: "According to the report, the flood plain area will have playing fields on it and not houses.

"The committee was satisfied with the report and no one spoke against the plans, but we are still waiting for a more detailed application."

The developers, Taylor Wimpey, would be required to raise some of the land at Pineham by 4ft11 (1.5m) and move an existing bund to improve flood defences.

Collin Williams, of Taylor Wimpey, said: "We have been working closely with Prologic, the applicant, and the Environment Agency to fit in with the overall flood alleviation strategy."

The project would include building a primary school, community hub and "extensive areas" of public open space.

Liberal Democrat councillor Brendan Glynane, who chairs the Nene Flood Prevention Alliance, said: "All of those who have been flooded here in the past believe that there should be no building on the flood plain.

"I think it is the wrong thing to do to tip and raise a piece of land and put playing fields on them."

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