Mixed emotions over new homes

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A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Woodford Halse after plans were submitted for 200 homes in the village.

Gladman Developments, based in Cheshire, has submitted the proposal for the new homes to be built on land north of Byfield Road in the village between Upton Close and Grants Hill Way.

Among the other parts of the proposal is plans for a new play area and vehicle access off Byfield Road.

The plans have already been the subject of much debate among residents in the village.

Chairman of Woodford-cum-Membris Parish Council June Irani said: “There are a lot of people who, as you would expect, are against this development.

“There are people who point out that in the village there is a lot of speeding on Byfield Road even though there is a 30mph speed limit.

“They have also said this development will cause even more congestion on the double mini-roundabout on the A361 just outside the village.

“But there is an alternative point of view with some saying there is a need for smaller properties for older people in the village who want to downsize.

“There is also the chance we might be able to make improvements to the village with the cash available from the developers.”

She also confirmed they were looking to work closely with Gladman throughout the process.

Cllr Irani added: “We already have a dialogue with the developers. We want to ensure that we can get the best possible deal for the people of the village.

“The parish council won’t be taking a view on the application until after the public meeting which will probably take place after Christmas.

“I look forward to seeing what the outcome to the public meeting and the application is.”

The proposal is likely to be determined by Daventry District Council early in the new year.