Fresh support for new homes

An artist's impression of the new site.
An artist's impression of the new site.

Daventry Town Council has continued to back plans for 450 new homes in the north of the town.

The council held an extraordinary meeting on Monday, December 22 to discuss amended plans for the controversial Mickle Well Park development.

The new homes, if given planning permission, would see them built next to the Lang Farm estate and near the Middlemore estate just off the A361.

Developer Landform has submitted the application which will also see a new primary school built on the estate.

Amendments have included changing the location of a pelican crossing and changes made by Landform following responses from consultations.

The plans were originally discussed by Daventry Town Council at a meeting in November which saw around 50 residents from Daventry and neighbouring Welton protest against the proposals.

After the meeting people wrote to the Daventry Express with their objections.

Margaret Jones said: “The feeling I got is that once again the town councillors are not listening to the people who they are supposed to represent.”

Another Welton resident, Patricia Barber, added: “This is our home area for all, our sanctuary, and now it appears that nobody is particularly bothered from the council’s point of view regarding the planning application.

“It would appear that our voices are not being heard.”

The plans have led to the creation of the Mickle Well Park Opposition Group, formed in the summer, which has argued the infrastructure is not in place to support the number of houses, which it fears will also destroy the views of the countryside.

The group’s campaign has been backed by Chris Heaton-Harris MP.

The proposal will now be considered by Daventry District Council’s planning committee at a meeting in the new year.