Residents pack meeting about

Meeting to discuss plans for 155 new homes in Weedon
Meeting to discuss plans for 155 new homes in Weedon

More than 200 people packed a public meeting on Saturday to discuss a controversial planning application for 155 homes in Weedon.

The question and answer session was hosted by the parish council at the village hall.

It was a chance for residents to ask questions and raise concerns about the development and the chairman was left delighted with the turnout.

Stuart Jacks said: “Considering that we have a very small village hall, we had around 220 people that we counted alongside our MP Chris Heaton-Harris. We were very pleased with the turnout.

“These public meetings give us a chance to get the feelings of the wider village community. All of the people who attended the meeting are vehemently opposed to the homes.

“All of us at the parish council are determined to keep our residents informed about this application.

“Among the concerns raised were flooding on the site, the ridge and furrow and the safety of villagers with an increase of traffic running through the village.”

Developers Gladman revealed plans for the homes on land off New Street last month and have asked people to email or write with their views. The firm declined the chance to attend the meeting but is willing to meet privately with the parish council to discuss concerns.

Cllr Jacks added: “We asked the residents whether they would be happy for us to have this meeting and they are.

“Once we have had this meeting with Gladman, we will then look to have another public meeting.

“This is where hopefully we can provide our residents with answers to the questions they raised at this meeting.”