Homes in Crick set for planning approval

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PLANS for 62 new homes in Crick will be discussed by DDC’s planning committee on Wednesday, July 24.

The plan is for land to the north of Fallowfields and Coleman Close in the village.

The report going before the planning committee acknowledges the site is outside the confines of the village, as identified by Crick’s own village design statement.

However, the report goes on to say DDC only has a 2.03 year supply of housing land (rising to 2.7 years when recent appeals are taken into account), and that it has not met its new housing figures since 2001.

Under the recent Government planning guidelines, if a council cannot demonstrate a five-year land supply than local housing supply policies cannot be considered and the decision should be made in favour of ‘sustainable’ developments.

Crick Parish Council has objected to the plans based on several factors including the density of housing, the overall layout, the impact of traffic on the village and some errors and omissions in the traffic management report.

Their objections are backed by the MP Chris Heaton-Harris, and 55 letters from the general public opposing the scheme.

The plans are recommended for approval and will be discussed by the committee on Wednesday from 6.15pm at DDC’s Lodge Road office.