Villagers delighted plans for homes are thrown out

Kilsby Action Group set up to fight large scale housing developments in the village
Kilsby Action Group set up to fight large scale housing developments in the village

Plans for nearly 200 homes across two different villages have been thrown out by Daventry District Council (DDC).

The council’s planning committee met on Wednesday last week and turned down a proposal which would have seen 116 built homes in Byfield and 70 homes in Kilsby.

Both applications had proved controversial, with dozens of people from the villages turning out to hear the decision.

Richmond Estates’ application for 70 homes on land off Barby Road in Kilsby was turned down by the committee against the recommendations of DDC’s planning officials.

Cllr Catherine Lomax, speaking at the meeting, said: “The benefits of these plans are far from clear. The people of Kilsby are having their electricity supply interrupted and the broadband is not good enough to support more homes.” The committee turned it down due to it being outside the confines of the village and the effect on a nearby listed building and ancient ridge and furrow. Also turned down was an application by Gladman Developments for 116 homes on land to the north side of Woodford Road in Byfield.

Planning officials at DDC had recommended the application for refusal and it was turned down unanimously by the committee.

It was turned down as it was outside the existing confines of the village and also would not integrate well with the rest of the village.

One of the villagers speaking to the committee also stated that there was a high levels of traffic and if new homes were built it would add to the congestion.

However, the county highways department suggested it had no problems with the plan.