Decision on new homes

Plans for up to 116 new homes in Byfield will be decided at a meeting of Daventry District Council (DDC) next week.

The planning committee will determine the proposal by Gladman Developments for the new homes to the north side of Woodford Road in the village.

DDCs planning officers have recommended the plans be refused.

There have been 22 letters of objection to the proposal and 97 signatures on a petition.

Concerns raised include an increase in traffic that would come about due to the proposal going ahead. Issues around safety have also been raised, with there being no safe crossing on the Woodford Road.

Residents also believe that facilities in Byfield would be unable to cope, with the school at near capacity and no space for new patients at Byfield Medical Practice.

Byfield Parish Council has also objected to the plans as it lies outside the existing confines of the village.

Also to be decided at the meeting is plans to turn the Royal Oak pub in Flore into a new home.

The proposal, which planning officials have recommended for approval, has seen objections from Flore Parish Council which would like to see the site remain as a pub for use by the local community.

The meeting will take place at 6.15pm at DDCs offices in Lodge Road on Wednesday, December 10.