Plans for housing estate in Brixworth thrown out

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PLANS to build a new housing estate were dismissed after a 3,000 strong petition was presented to Daventry District Council (DDC).

More than 100 members of the public attended a planning meeting DDC’s offices, where the application to develop 150 new homes to the south west of Brixworth village was rejected by the committee.

Chairman of the council’s planning committee, Councillor Frank Wiig (Con, Brixworth), presided over the meeting and all members voted against the development.

Bob Chattaway, a former Brixworth parish councillor, who resigned in order to fight the plans and form the Brixworth Against New Estates campaign group, outlined his objections to the plans at the meeting.

Following the meeting, he said: “It’s wonderful news. We are determined to stop Brixworth becoming an urban sprawl. We value the countryside.”

Mr Chattaway said the development would place further strain on the village’s facilities, including schools, shops and the doctors’ surgery, which he said were already full to capacity.

He added: “The village is not sustainable any more. We have had support from all over the village and support from surrounding villages as those residents have to use the same strained facilities.”

There is a possibility that the developers may appeal the decision and Mr Chattaway said: “This may only be round one but we are prepared to fight it all of the way. It’s essential that we do for Brixworth.”

Ian Barratt from Brixworth Parish Council also spoke at the meeting and reinstated the parish council’s objection to the plans.

After the meeting Mr Barratt said: “We were confident in the power of our arguments and the support we had that we could get this result. I am elated.

“We feel the scheme was unsupported by residents, unsuitable and not sustainable. We feel the right decision was made on the night.”

The proposed site is a field rented by a local farmer from the Society of Merchant Venturers, who bought it and several more acres around the village in the 1970s.

As well as the homes, Carter Jonas wanted to install allotments and a play area.

Mike Robinson, associate planner at Carter Jonas, Oxford, said: “We expected the decision given the level of opposition and the council officer’s recommendation to the committee to refuse the application.”

Around 3,000 people signed a petition against the proposal, 800 wrote formal objection letters and MP Chris Heaton-Harris and eight parish councils of neighbouring villages, including Brixworth, raised objections.