Joining forces over homes

Launch of a petition in Weedon
Launch of a petition in Weedon

Residents of Weedon are being urged to complain to Daventry District Council (DDC) after a planning application for 121 homes in the village was submitted.

The controversial plans by Gladman Developments would see the homes built on land off New Street in the village.

A public meeting has been called for Saturday at Weedon Village Hall at 10.30am where people can go along to show their opposition to the plans.

A petition was launched by angry residents after the plans were revealed in February and there are more than 500 signatures against the plans.

The plans are available for all to see and comment on at application number DA/2014/0455 and all comments must be received by Thursday, July 10.

Campaigner Wendy Morby, who has lived in the village for more than 20 years, alongside three generations of her family, said: “The plans are ill thought out and inconsiderate. Weedon’s infrastructure simply can’t cope.

“The number of proposed properties and disruption, it just doesn’t make any sense to build such a large development in this location.

“It simply cannot be accommodated within the village. The proposition is practically and technically flawed.”

Concerns have been raised about the roads in the village as well as an increased risk of flooding, the destruction of ridge and furrow, site access, infrastructure and the strain on amenities such as the village’s primary school.

Dale Langley, a Weedon resident and founding member of the Weedon Action Group said: “The plans simply don’t stack up. We urge people to make their thoughts known. It is your village, have your say.”

“Over the years many children haven’t been able to go to their village school, with their friends, in their village, with their siblings as it is at capacity.

“The doctors and dentist are also already very busy. More houses can only mean more of a strain on these resources.

“We will not take this lying down. These plans are not acceptable and not suitable for Weedon. We can all make a difference.

“Make your thoughts known, write a letter to the council and sign the petition. It has hit well over 500 names, let’s make it 1,000 by next week.”