Home plan unveiled to worried villagers

Villager Charles Taylor talks to Helen Prangley from Davidson Developments
Villager Charles Taylor talks to Helen Prangley from Davidson Developments

Villagers have quizzed developers behind the latest proposal for new homes on a greenfield site in Woodford Halse on Tuesday.

The plans, for land off Farndon Road on the edge of the village, have been put forward by developer Davidsons Homes and consultants Bidwells.

David Bainbridge, from Bidwells, said: “We identified this site as not having any constraints in terms of flooding, ecology, or other issues, and it is sustainable.

“There is a lack of housing land identified locally, and there is demand for housing, and there will be 16 affordable properties too.

“We’ve already presented the plans to the parish council during a public meeting, and this meeting is to hear directly from residents.

“Their comments will be collated and presented to the developer who can make changes to accommodate them where possible, and put in with the planning application, which we expect to make in October.”

If the planning process runs smoothly the builders could be on site by summer next year.

However, the plans have not been welcomed by all.

Roger Gilbert lives in a bungalow backing onto the site. He said: “We currently enjoy uninterrupted views out over the countryside – that’s why the house was built there on the very edge of the village. This will end that.

“My partner is distraught by the thought of all this. It’s made her feel physically sick.”

The two firms behind the plans acknowledge the site is outside the village confines, but say a lack of land identified by Daventry District Council for housing means the plans may be looked upon more favourably.

Kay Coles lives away from the site in the village. She said: “I’ve lived here all my life. People live in a village because they want to live in a village, not a small town.

“We’ve just had 240 homes approved on another site, and now this. I’m really concerned that we’re loosing all our fields.”

Richard Cracknell said: “We live in the next road and we get flooding. I just hope these homes, if they get built, won’t add to it.”