Council turns down plans for new homes in two villages

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Residents in West Haddon and Kilsby were celebrating as planning applications for new homes in both villages were turned down.

The proposal was for 80 homes off Elizabeth Road and Victoria Close in West Haddon and for 99 homes on land off Rugby Road in Kilsby.

The schemes were refused planning permission by Daventry District Council’s planning committee at a meeting held on Wednesday last week.

The 99 homes in Kilsby, put forward by Gladman Developments, caused widespread anger in the village with many worried about the impact it would have.

Cllr Catherine Lomax, who represents the village on DDC, said: “This scheme is an absolute carbuncle.

“This would destroy one of the last little bits of ridge and furrow left in the area which, as archaeologists will tell you, is very important.”

Rob Chamberlain, one of the people behind the Kilsby Action Group set up to fight housing development in the village, said: “Kilsby is already suffering due to the expansion of DIRFT and the development of the Rugby radio mast site, which will see 6,200 homes built near to Kilsby.

“The village does not have the infrastructure to cope with the extra housing development.”

The planning officers, who recommended the plans for refusal, were also praised for their report.

Cllr Alan Chantler told the meeting: “It was an excellent report from the officers and very comprehensive. They should be commended for putting it together.”

The application was refused unanimously by the committee as it would cause harm to the local area and would be detrimental to highway safety.

There was also widespread condemnation of the plan for West Haddon, despite officers recommending the plans for approval.

Alan Perks from West Haddon Parish Council said: “We object to this application. We are in the process of carrying out a neighbourhood plan and everyone wants us to remain a village.

“This development would see us turn into a small town.

“The facilities can’t cope and there is not any room at the local primary school.

“Are we really going to have to bus four-year-olds to get to school?”

Not everyone wanted to see the plans turned down.

Cllr Maureen Luke added: “What about all of the people who are struggling to buy houses in the area? We need to build more houses.”

It was not refusals for all new village homes in the Daventry district though as 30 homes in Flore were given approval.

They will be built in Brockhall Road by Orbit Homes after they got permission prior to the meeting.