Mickle Well campaign moves to next stage

Miranda Joseph and Jenny Humphreys from the Mickle Well Park.
Miranda Joseph and Jenny Humphreys from the Mickle Well Park.

A protest group fighting 450 new homes in the town has urged residents to write to Daventry District Council voicing opposition to the plans.

The Mickle Well Park Opposition Group has organised an open day at Welton Village Hall from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, where people can raise concerns about the development.

The homes would be built to the north of the town along with plans for a new primary school, a community hall, medical centre and a local shop.

The Mickle Well Park Opposition Group vice chairman, Miranda Joseph, said: “The application has been changed at the last minute to incorporate ‘sweetners’ such as the space for a primary school as well as the space for a possible doctors or healthcare service.

“The operative word is here is ‘space’. In reality the developers merely have to leave space for a school, which is exactly what happened at Middlemore. The school was never built despite promises and more houses are now being built on the site.”

“The other major issue is that the housing estate is not part of the Local Core Strategy for West Northamptonshire, which favours the Church Field Development, and the inspector’s report details that the Mickle Well Park site is not a favourable location due to its position on the edge of town, access via the A361 which is already an accident hot spot and encroachment on Welton Village, not to mention the fact that it would take away a beautiful green field site.”

Residents of Daventry and Welton have come together to fight the plans.

The district councillor for Welton, Abigail Campbell, said: “Many residents have shared their concerns with me about the impact of this proposed development on the character of their small, rural community.

“They are also particularly worried about increasing risks to road safety on the A361, already an accident hot-spot.”

Chris Barlow, chairman of Welton Parish Council, said: “Not only should we consider the sustainability issues with this development; we also need to consider the affect this is having on our existing communities –the people agenda – living through this process.

“The impact this scheme has had on local residents through not knowing what the future holds is high. As mentioned this development does not form part of the strategic plan – so why do we have to live through it? If you also are opposed to the potential housing development, now is the time for residents of Daventry and the surrounding villages to have their opinions heard.”

The group has put together information about how to object which can be acquired by emailing langfarmmj@outlook.com.

The deadline to comment on the plans is Monday, November 17. Views can be emailed to plancare@daventrydc.gov.uk.