Mixed results over new homes in area

Pictured is Becky Blagdon overlooking the view of her house where new homes will be built.
Pictured is Becky Blagdon overlooking the view of her house where new homes will be built.

There was good news and bad news for villagers campaigning against new homes in the Daventry district following a planning meeting.

West Haddon residents were relieved when plans for 100 homes on land off Guilsborough Road and Northampton Road were thrown out.

But there was disappointment for people in Flore as a proposal for 67 homes on land just off the High Street was granted planning permission.

The decisions were made by the planning committee of Daventry District Council on Wednesday last week.

The granting of planning permission for the homes in Flore has come as a shock in the village.

Becky Blagdon, who’s home backs on to the new development, said: “The disregard of all these strong points for opposition of large-scale development of rural villages means that all villages in the district are under threat from developers.

“I hope that other villages can learn from our experience to act quickly as soon as they become aware of the potential of large-scale development, if this is opposed by residents.”

Both residents and the parish council had complained about the size of the development, the impact on local amenities and the road network.

There was better news for the residents of West Haddon as 100 homes were turned down due to the cumulative effect the homes could have.

One of the councillors, Diana Osborne, said: “I am objecting to this application. The primary school is oversubscribed and the local authority’s solution is to put any new children on a bus to either Crick or Yelvertoft.

“I wouldn’t want to put a four-year-old on a bus to go to school.”

The planning committee also heard there were plans to build up to 300 new homes in the village, which would be a 50 per cent increase on the size of the village.