Plan for ‘locals only’ housing

AROUND 35 new homes could be built in Long Buckby for local people it has emerged.

The news came at a public meeting, held in the village on Tuesday night, to discuss an application to build 132 homes off Station Road.

The planning application was almost unanimously opposed by everyone at the meeting.

Residents pointed out that the village’s services and infrastructure can barely cope as it is. Sewage treatment for the village, shared by Daventry town, is already nearing capacity.

Liz Watkins-Smith said: “I agree with what others have said about sewers overflowing in the village.

“I have seen drain covers literally blown off by overflowing water in the field right next to where they want to put these homes.

“In the winter you cannot walk in that field without losing your boots because it gets that muddy.”

Other issues raised were the loss of green space and growth beyond the village confines, and the potentially dangerous junction planned onto Station Road.

The plans have already been opposed by Long Buckby Parish Council and will be decided on by Daventry District Council.

However, some residents said the village should be looking at what growth it needs and would accept, and what infrastructure it would need to cope.

Chris Myers suggested raising the drawing up of a plan at the annual parish meeting.

Steve Osborne, who chaired the meeting, pointed out Long Buckby was not opposed to all development, and some homes were needed for the expanding community.

He told the room: “We carried out a housing needs survey of residents and found we need 35 homes for people connected to the village – your sons, daughters, grandparents, etc. – who can’t get a home here at the moment.

“The parish council has met with a housing association to discuss this, and a number of sites were looked at.

“This site off Station Road was not deemed suitable.

“I understand the housing association is now talking to landowners to see where these homes could go.

“They would be homes specifically for people with a connection to the village.”