Final consent has been given to a controversial proposal which would provide thousands of new homes and four new schools in the south of Peterborough.
The 5,350-home Great Haddon development in Yaxley was approved in March 2013 by Peterborough city councillors.
However, the council’s planning committee asked back then for more details on a loop road entering the development from the A15 at Yaxley after angry objecters had warned of a huge rise in traffic.
However, on Tuesday councillors on the same committee finally gave complete consent to the proposal having been assured that the roads would not be gridlocked.
Agreement was also given to increase the number of affordable houses in the development to 856 (16 per cent).
Councillors were re-assured that there would be a number of routes out of the development for people to use, rather than just the A15, and that Fletton Parkway would be widened to make it a more attractive route for traffic to come in and out of Peterborough.
Councillor Peter Hiller said: “I’ve taken an active interest in this. I see no reason why this should not work.
“Sixteen per cent of affordable housing is also a very good result.”
Cllr Nigel North added: “I was content before and I’m happy now. The loop road is well thought out and will divert traffic away from Yaxley.”
Cllr North agreed with a suggestion from Cllr Chris Ash that a bus route should be introduced to make people less willing to use their cars.
However, he felt traffic on the A15 would reduce due to the new loop road.
Cllr Ash also raised concerns that people using their Satellite Navigation systems would continue to be taken through the A15.
Cllr David Harrington said: “On balance it’s not a popular development. We are not going to scrap it so we have to make it the best we can.”
The proposals for the Great Haddon development were submitted by O & H Properties and also include a district centre with new shops and restaurants and sports facilities.
Three of the new planned schools will be primary schools and the fourth will be a secondary.
The opening date for the development is unconfirmed but could be another 15 years away.
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