Hundreds turn out for demonstration

Protestors in West Haddon
Protestors in West Haddon

Villagers in West Haddon got together as a show of force against plans for new houses in the village.

More than 300 villagers attended the demonstration held on Sunday to show their opposition to plans to build 80 homes on land off Elizabeth Road and Victoria Close, the area known locally as The Old Rec.

The planning committee of Daventry District Council (DDC) turned down the application by Miller Homes in September last year.

However, the developers have appealed against the decision and it will be heard on Tuesday at DDC offices in Lodge Road.

The concerns have led to a steering group of residents to create a neighbourhood plan to help shape the future of development in West Haddon.

One of the members of the steering group said it would see a massive increase in the size of the village.

Charles Porter said: “Villagers are concerned that West Haddon already has consents for another 130 houses in place – representing a 24 per cent increase in the current size of the village.

“This is far beyond the level of development required by the recently adopted Joint Core Strategy and flies in the face of the clear will of the people of West Haddon, as stated in the new neighbourhood development plan that has now been submitted to Daventry District Council for review.”

He also outlined fears over the application.

Mr Porter added: “Specific concerns with this development include availability of places in the already full village school, the inadequacy of the proposed access to the site for traffic.

“Perhaps most importantly is that the site is one of the most cherished open spaces within the village, which has been enjoyed by the community as a recreational space for generations.”