Residents bid for more say over villages

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Residents in two areas of the Daventry district are hoping to win approval for a plan that will give them more say on their future of their villages.

Both Weedon Bec Parish Council and Braunston Parish Council have submitted an application for a Neighbourhood Plan.

If set up it is designed to give people greater ownership of plans and policies in their local area.

These proposals will be heard at a meeting of Daventry District Council’s strategy group tonight (Thursday).

Ann Ranshaw, the chairman of the planning committee of Weedon Bec Parish Council, said: “I think we want to be in control of our own destiny in the village.

“We realise that we are an attractive and sustainable village if you look at the Government criteria for development. We want to have a say on the size and location of that development.

“We are hearing a lot of planning appeals are lost because of the lack of a Neighbourhood Plan.”

Alan Mawer, who sits on Braunston Parish Council and who is leading the neighbourhood plan project, said: “We want to help localise the decision-making process and help to maintain Braunston as a canal-side village.

“We feel it does have a unique identity and we want to protect that. We also hope this will draw many of the parishioners into the decision making process about how we would like Braunston to be in the future.”

The meeting takes place at DDC’s offices in Lodge Road at 6.15pm.