Council gives seal of approval for housing

A general view of the Mickle Well site.
A general view of the Mickle Well site.

A proposal for 450 new homes on Mickle Well Park has been backed by Daventry Town Council at a meeting on Tuesday, October 27.

The decision followed a presentation by Landform, the developers behind the proposal, in which they reported on the results of their consultation events in the community.

As a statutory consultee DTC cannot give planning permission, but their backing of the scheme will be taken into account by planning officials when the proposals come before DDC planning committee.

Erik Pagano, managing director at Landform Development Ltd, said: “We are very happy they have chosen to support us. I think it is obvious that overall people see the benefits of having a scheme like this and that we have all put a lot of work into the proposals. What we have here is something of high quality.”

“People have in the past not been a part of the consultation process. But this has been important in what we are trying to do.”

While Mr Pagano acknowled Mickle Well Park was a speculative application, he said one of the advantages of the Mickle Well park proposals was that it would help Daventry District achieve is requirement of a 5-year land supply while bringing more substantial community benefits in section 106 agreements compared to ‘piecemeal’, smaller developments.

Section 106 agreements are agreements between developers and planning authorities for the contribution towards local infrastructure.

But Miranda Joseph, vice chairwoman of the Mickle Well Park Opposition Group said that the issue of piecemeal development in rural areas was simply ‘scare mongering’.

She said: “By raising the issue of piecemeal housing dotted around villages, Landform imply that their proposal is actually delivering rural housing. If that is the case, their proposal is not a solution to a shortfall in Daventry Town neither is it within Daventry’s planned Sustainable Urban Extension (Church Fields).

“Hopefully the District Council and Planning Council will be better informed and able to see the bigger picture rather than just a ‘shiny presentation’ for yet another huge estate weighing heavily on a town that is already struggling to provide the infrastructure for today’s residents.