Council offices will be “besieged” when Crick development comes before planners

Campaigners against plans to build 120 homes in Crick have said the council offices will be “besieged” when the application goes before planners.

An application for outline planning permission for the proposed estate on land adjacent to Watford Road was submitted to Daventry District Council (DDC) by developers Gladman Estates on April 7.

The parish council hosted a public meeting on Monday to discuss the development. Roger Lowe, chairman of Crick Parish Council, said: “The feeling of those who attended the meeting was that we have had enough new houses and this is a step too far for the village. The village cannot sustain another housing development of this size.”

Mr Lowe said if the new development is given the go-ahead by DDC’s planning committee the parish council would look to securing more amenities from the developers, including improved play ground areas for children.

Ian Bennett of Save Crick’s Open Space said the group have raised several objections after examining West Northamptonshire’s Joint Core Strategy (JCS), a master plan adopted late last year which outlines areas for housing, industry and leisure facilities.

A petition set up by the group has so far gathered more than 550 signatures from villagers opposed to the plan.Mr Bennett said: “The current land on Watford Road is outside the village boundary on green land. Therefore it would essentially be an extension to the existing boundary.

“The JCS also states children are entitled to a local education.

“The school is already building a new class room to accommodate children from the new Fallowfields and St Margaret’s View developments but there is no room for the school to keep growing.

“When this planning application goes before planning DDC will be besieged by local people from Crick.

“It is ironic that this village was voted village of the year and its reward is to be turned into a town.”