HOMES for a controversial site on Daventry’s Middlemore estate were given planning approval last night (Wednesday).
The decision was taken by a packed meeting of Daventry District Council’s planning department.
The estate’s residents’ association was calling for the application to be turned down and the site used for a school.
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A primary school was initially planned for Middlemore during the masterplan stage, but Northamptonshire County Council, the local education authority, decided there was not enough demand to build a two-class entry school (a school with two classes per year group) which is the only type of school it will now consider.
The residents got together and are now working with E-Act to get a free school on the estate. They wanted to keep site 10 free of homes for the school as it was earmarked as the potential site by the council.
However, at the meeting on Wednesday night, the council pointed out the original school site has already got homes on, and site 10 was never legally dedicated for a school.
Speaking at the meeting council leader Chris Millar said; “This council has always fully supported a school on Middlemore, and we still do.
“The county council is the education provider and two or three years ago they decided they didn’t want to build one one Middlemore, but rather on Monksmoor.
“In December 2010 we took a decision to proceed along this road [to put houses on the site].
“The reality is that site 10 is not statutorily for education.
“We have looked at alternative sites on the estate that we could provide for a school. We do not have to do this – we could sell the land for homes so this is impacting on the taxpayer, but that shows that we do support a school on the estate.”