Anger after housing plans approved in Brixworth

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DOZENS of Brixworth residents reacted angrily last night (Wednesday) after a planning committee narrowly voted to approve a development of 150 houses to the south of the village.

Dozens of village residents attended the Daventry District Council planning committee meeting where members agreed to approve the housing development by a margin of 5 to 4.

The housing development, which includes a new play area, car park and access road, had been recommended for approval by planning officers despite the council receiving 175 letters of objection.

The planning application, put forward by BDW Trading Ltd, also faced opposition from Brixworth, Scaldwell and Boughton Parish Councils.

Bob Chattaway, head of Brixworth Residents Against New Estates (BRANE), who spoke against the proposal during the meeting, said he was “very disappointed” with the decision.

He said: “We feel Brixworth is being made a sacrificial lamb for the rest of the Daventry district.

“The new houses are going to be a problem and the development is not sustainable. It will take years and years for it to become integrated into the village.”

In a report ahead of the meeting, planning case officer Steve Ellis had recommended the plan for approval because Daventry district does not currently have a five-year housing supply so recommended the committee “consider the proposal in the context of the presumption in favour of sustainable development.”

Mr Ellis also said the scheme layout and design is “considered to be acceptable” as it is not considered that the adverse impacts of allowing the development would significantly or demonstrably outweigh the benefits.”

Conservative MP for Daventry, Chris Heaton-Harris, who attended the meeting, said he disputed the reasons put forward by the planning officers.

He said: “I’m very disappointed with the outcome. I think approving this application will open the floodgates for more speculative applications in green space near Moulton, Long Buckby and Crick.

“The district council seem to be sending out the green light to developers to put applications in.”

Mike Lacey, chairmen of Brixworth Parish Council, said he thought it was a shame that a council that “preaches localism” had paid little attention to the letters of objection.