Villagers hand over West Haddon Neighbourhood Development Plan

A number of villagers who have created a document designed to shape the future plans for the area have officially handed it over to Daventry District Council (DDC).

The small group from West Haddon submitted a neighbourhood plan to the council’s deputy chief executive Simon Bovey on Thursday last week.

Alan Perks, the chair of the West Haddon Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group, said: “The steering group, together with West Haddon Parish Council, has been working on this plan for the past 18 months. We decided to set this up in a brave attempt to control development in our hilltop village over the next 14 years.”

A numbers of villages within the Daventry district have set up neighbourhood plans in the past few years.

Neighbourhood plans were bought in by the Conservative Government in 2011.

Speaking to the Daventry Express last year Nick Boles, parliamentary under-secretary of state, department for communities said: “This means that a village or a parish can say this is where we want development and we want to protect our green spaces.”

The next stage will see the proposal analysed by DDC before it decides whether to adopt the document.