Godmanchester set for £10million investment but councillor says concerns remain over impact of growth


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A £10million investment in Godmanchester will go towards providing new services and infrastructure to help the town cope with hundreds of new homes.

Housing developers Barratt and David Wilson Homes announced this week that an agreement had been reached to provide the funding as part of the planning agreement for developments in Romans’ Edge, off Bearscroft Lane.

The town is set to grow by a third in the coming years, with more than 750 homes planned.

The £10million in Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 funds will help boost education, bus services, riverside junction works, community facilities and works to the A14.

But Councillor Sarah Conboy, district councillor for Godmanchester, said that concerns remain about the impact of the new homes on the town.

She said “The new Romans’ Edge Development is seeing a big change for Godmanchester. This money is tied to services that were agreed as part of planning permissions to make this development possible and address the real issues that are created by seeing our town grow by a third, with 753 new homes.

“Current residents remain very concerned about the impact of traffic and whether there will be sufficient facilities for them and the new residents. Barratt and David Wilson Homes have been working positively with the community and I look forward to welcoming the new residents to our town.”

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Chris Hatfield, managing director for David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said: “At David Wilson Homes we believe community investment is one of the most important aspects of any new housing scheme.

“And so, as our Romans’ Edge development continues to progress we’ll be contributing a great deal to the local community in Godmanchester.”

Andrew Swindell, managing director for Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “We pride ourselves on being able to truly support the communities in and around our developments and we hope these contributions will have a positive impact on the lives of local people.”