A CONTROVERSIAL proposal to build 36 homes in the heart of a village have been rejected.
Daventry District Council’s planning officer refused permission for the development on a field off Bury Dyke in Crick.
Despite having modern housing on two sides, the site is next to the Grade I-listed St Margaret’s Church and the officer said the new homes would have a detrimental impact on the building and its setting.
More than 100 villagers turned out to a parish meeting earlier this year to discuss the plans.
Residents raised concerns that the site was of potential archaeological interest and may contain remains of the medieval village.
Those concerns were backed by the planning officers, who also highlighted there may be protected great crested newts living on the site.
They said the developer had not looked into the impact the new homes may have on them.