150 new homes for village field?

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CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build 150 new homes on green field land in a village will be revealed next week.

Long Buckby residents were this week sent leaflets detailing plans to build an ‘urban extension’ to their village on land to the west of Station Road.

The development, proposed by Hallam Land Management, would cover land stretching from the rail line up to Greenhill Road.

The news of the plans has been met with dismay by many villagers.

Liz Watkins-Smith said: “It’s going to put pressure on the village schools, they’ll be extra traffic, and it’s on green fields which we’re losing in this country.

“Plus I feel they are trying to trick us because on the leaflet the map is too small to make it clear where it is.”

Hilary Tibbs, who runs Buckby Newsagents, said: “We’ve had a few people coming in talking about it – no-one favourably.”

The plans will be exhibited on Thursday, April 7, at the village’s community centre from 4pm to 7pm.

Senior land manager at Hallam Land Management Dan Lewis said: “We’re not just paying lipservice here. This is the chance for people to come along, see the masterplan, ask questions, and give their feedback.”

The outcome of the event will feed back into the proposal before an outline application is made in a few months’ time.