Plans for 132 new homes for village

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PLANS for 132 new homes on the edge of a village have been submitted to Daventry District Council.

The proposed development is for land to the south of Long Buckby opposite the train station.

The new development would stretch from the train line right up Station Road to the existing houses and round to Ryehill Close and Greenhill Road.

The only road access to the site would be off Station Road.

News of the plans have not been welcomed by villagers.

Liz Watkins-Smith, who lives near the proposed site, said: “For me the main concern is the loss of the countryside.

“I’m a big fan of the countryside and open green spaces and I know that this particular field is used by a lot of people locally as well.

“Another real concern is the impact on local infrastructure.

“You’d have all these new people trying to use the doctors surgery and the schools which are overcrowded as it is.”

The developer, Hallam Land Management, carried out a consultation with villagers earlier in the year.

Responses from that show many were worried about the expansion of the village and the strain on local services and roads.

Conversely, ones in support point out that extra people would potentially mean more customers supporting local businesses and shops.

The outline planning application states that the village’s infant and junior schools have enough places to cope, and the developer will give money to help healthcare provision.

The application includes 4,000 sq metres of space for businesses, and land set aside for extra parking spaces for the train station, plus play areas and open spaces on the new estate.

Hilary Tibbs, who runs Buckby Newsagents, said: “I don’t think many people have realised the planning application has gone in but the general feeling is that we don’t have the infrastructure to support it. You could have 300 extra cars from these new homes and they’d all be using Station Road which is already busy enough.

“From what I’ve heard from customers, there’s not been a single person in support of it. I think once people realise the planning application has actually been made there will be a ground swell against it.”

Long Buckby Parish Council will discuss the plans on Monday at 7.30pm in the community centre. There will be an opportunity for members of the public to speak on the matter.

A decision on the application will be made by DDC at a future date.