‘The battle’s not over yet’

New homes demonstration at Station Road, Long Buckby.
New homes demonstration at Station Road, Long Buckby.

RESIDENTS in Long Buckby are suspending celebrations following news that planning permission for 107 new homes has been refused.

Daventry District Council’s (DDC) planning committee voted against permission for the proposal which included extending the train station car park.

Committee chairman Steve Osbourne used his casting vote after voting was split among its members which went against officers’ recommendations.

The plans were thrown out due to it being outside the confines of the village and is designated as a limited development village which means only smaller developments can be built.

But villagers are bracing themselves for an appeal by the applicant, The Granfield Partnership.

Campaigner Liz Barnard said: “As a group, the villagers are delighted that it was turned down even though it was a narrow vote.

“But I am very sure there will be an appeal, so the fight will go on.

“I believe this is a village worth protecting.”

Campaigners have argued the proposals would put additional stress on the oversubscribed doctor’s surgery and Guilsborough School plus exacerbate problems with traffic and parking in the village.

Another villager Nick Kates added: “A few years ago, there was interest in building 500 houses on the same site.

“The fear a lot of us have is that if this development was given the go-ahead, then there would be no good reason to refuse any future applications for even more homes.”

Maria Peploe, another villager, said: “The problem we have is that we are all busy people, fighting this in our free time.

The applicant can afford to invest resources and money into making sure he gets what he wants.”

The appeal against 132 homes on the opposite side of Station Road, which was turned down earlier this year, will start on Tuesday September 4.