Opposition mounts to homes plan

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A PUBLIC meeting is to be held over plans to build 132 homes on the edge of a village.

On Monday night Long Buckby Parish Council discussed the outline planning application for land off Station Road, opposite the train station.

Hallam Land Management has applied to Daventry District Council for permission to build on the site, which is currently an open field.

At Monday’s meeting residents spoke against the plans.

Steve Osborne, who chairs the parish council and sits on Daventry District Council’s planning committee, said: “As a member of the public I completely oppose the proposed development in Station Road.

“I, like most people, believe this land will get built on one day. But I do not believe the time is right now.

“Increasing the number of people in the village by 400 and getting a few car parking spaces in return is something I don’t really support.”

The suggestion was made that the parish council submits its views on the plans to meet this week’s deadline, but a public meeting could be called to gather more views and information which could be presented when Daventry District Council makes a decision on the application.

Cllr Geoff Spokes said: “I’m totally against this application for many, many reasons.

“The cars will come out onto Station Road. We’ve had pedestrians killed there and we’ve had people killed in cars there before.

“I don’t know of anybody who wants this. It’s open countryside and this development should not be there. It’s effectively a green buffer.”

Liz Watkins-Smith told the meeting: “I’ve been out and spoke to people living on Rye Hill Close, particularly the elderly people and there was a concern that there would eventually be a road through there onto this new estate.

“We already have a problem with crime on our road and people think this might make it worse.”

The council unanimously voted to oppose the plans on highways grounds, loss of countryside and expansion beyond the village confines.

The public meeting will be on Tuesday, November 8, at 7.30pm in the main hall of Long Buckby Community Centre.