Villagers bring in the big guns to fight development

Protestors at a meeting in Kilsby
Protestors at a meeting in Kilsby

An action group is seeking legal advice as it aims to stop a number of new houses in its village.

The Kilsby Action Group has asked a barrister to determine whether three applications which could see a total of 240 extra homes in the village are valid.

One application for 40 houses was recently given planning permission by Daventry District Council (DDC) near to the A361. This is despite protestors saying anyone who tries to access the site on foot needs to cross the A361, which has an accident rate three times the national average. DDC will determine plans for 100 homes on land behind Rugby Road at a meeting on September 17, while plans for up to another 100 homes were discussed by Kilsby Parish Council on Tuesday.

Group member Rob Chamberlain said: “Kilsby under siege is an emotive headline, but its coming true.

“The activity on the edge of the village which borders Warwickshire will push the local road networks and other infrastructure beyond its limits. Approval of the A361 site is the beginning of the creeping towards Daventry that many have feared for a long time and the application for the Rugby Road site will erode one of the last bits of green space.”