Villages braced for more new homes

Planning officers are recommending councillors approve plans for the construction of more than 150 homes spread across two villages despite the objections of residents.

The applications will be considered by Daventry District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

In West Haddon Davidsons Developments Limited wants to build 100 new homes to the east of the village between Guilsborough Road, Northampton Road and the A428. The parish council has previously called on DDC to throw out the application, claiming the proposed development, along with others under consideration, would equate to an “unsustainable increase” in the size of the village.

DDC’s planning department is recommending the application be approved provided a proportion of the properties built are affordable homes. The developer will also be obliged to contribute to the cost of new healthcare and sports facilities and other local infrastructure.

The second application is for a development of 67 houses, 22 of which will be affordable homes, on land off High Street, Flore. The parish council objected to the proposal when it was first submitted. It also attracted 125 letters of objection from residents.

In their report to councillors, DDC’s planners say the proposal constitutes a sustainable development under the National Planning Policy Framework and will provide a mix of housing “which will meet identified needs”. Controversial plans for 200 homes at Woodford Halse were given planning permission earlier this year.