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Plans for new Daventry homes on show

iCon Centre hosts Community Planning Day for the Mickle Well development. Pictured, Graham Morrott studies the proposals. NNL-140727-193006009

iCon Centre hosts Community Planning Day for the Mickle Well development. Pictured, Graham Morrott studies the proposals. NNL-140727-193006009

Sixty residents attended a community planning event for 450 new homes proposed for the north edge of Daventry.

The event was held by John Thompson and Partners at the iCon centre in Daventry on Saturday, July 26 on behalf of Landform and Orbit Homes.

It was a chance for residents to have their say about the proposal for Mickle Well Park, which is proposed on land north of Lang Farm and near to the Middlemore estate.

There have been concerns raised about the development being on greenfield land and whether investment, including schools, health, community and transport infrastructure, is keeping pace with this development.

Others saw Mickle Well Park as an opportunity to deliver investment in local services, including youth and community facilities and better pedestrian and cycling facilities to link neighbourhoods with the town centre. Charles Campion from John Thompson and Partners said: “The community planning day was very productive and showed the benefit of early community participation in developing new plans.

“The workshops allowed for full and wide-ranging discussion on the potential impacts of new residential development and the importance of delivering infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.

“We hope as many people as possible will come to the Report Back on August 13 to see the emerging vision for Mickle Well Park and our proposals for positive investment in the town.”

An opposition group has been set up in response to the plans and they still had concerns about the development after the meeting.

Chris Humphreys, the chairman of the Mickle Well Park Opposition Group, said: “The meeting went as I expected to be honest.

“There were a lot of concerns raised about the extra traffic this development would generate in the town centre.

“There are issues raised about the access and the impact on the infrastructure in the town.

“We are not disputing the need for extra housing in the town, but we are questioning the location.”

He confirmed the group is likely to have another meeting after August 13. For more details on the opposition group visit www.facebook.com/micklewellopposition.

 

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