Fight goes on against Brixworth housing plans

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VILLAGERS are continuing to fight against a proposed housing development after plans were officially submitted to Daventry District Council (DDC).

On behalf of the Society of Merchant Venturers, Carter Jonas has submitted a proposal for a residential development of 150 houses, allotments, a children’s play area, associated public open space, landscaping and a new road in Brixworth.

The possibility of the development to the west of Northampton Road and north of Froxhill Crescent has already provoked strong opposition from village residents with thousands signing a petition set up by the group Brixworth Residents Against New Estates (BRANE).

Bob Chattaway, chairman of BRANE, said: “The majority of people feel that Brixworth has had its fair share of developments. There is always traffic congestion at peak times and the village facilities are over burdened.

“There is only one supermarket for 5,000 people and the medical practice and secondary schools are already stretched. The village primary school is also near to capacity.”

A spokesman for Carter Jonas said: “The application was put forward to help address the significant shortfall in housing land supply in the Daventry district. Local planning authorities are required to have sufficient deliverable housing sites for the next five years, DDC currently only has 1.8 years supply.”

A BRANE meeting is due to take place tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the community centre above Brixworth Library.