Village homes refusal could be overturned

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VILLAGERS’ celebrations after plans for 107 new homes in Long Buckby were thrown out could be cut short.

A decision to turn down the plans for the Station Road development could now be reviewed following a motion put forward by five members of Daventry District Council’s (DDC) planning committee.

It means a review of whether the right decision was undertaken by the planning committee last month will be heard on Wednesday.

Campaigners against plans in Long Buckby now face an anxious wait to see if they will have to resume the fight against the plans.

One of the campaigners, Liz Barnard, said: “As a group of villagers, we are very disappointed that the motion to rescind has been made.

“As far as we are concerned, the proper procedures were followed.

“The fact that some of the councillors could not make the meeting is not a reason to rescind the decision.”

The decision came down to a casting vote from the committee chairman Steve Osborne after a split vote among the members.

It was made because the proposed development was outside the existing confines of the village.

Cllr Richard Atterbury, one of the five who has put the motion forward alongside Cllr Alan Chantler, Cllr Andrew Harris, Cllr David James and Cllr Deanna Eddon, said the decision was not made to spite the campaigners.

He stated: “We felt that it was not right that the chairman’s vote counted for double given that it was an application in his ward even though he did declare an interest at the start of the meeting.”

“There was also 10 members of the committee so if there were more people there, then a fairer decision would be made.”

If the decision be rescinded, the application for the homes will be heard at a future date.