Council called on to ditch 1,000-home plan
Campaigners have called on a council to reconsider a decision to sell land to developers planning to build 1,000 homes.
Daventry Council approved plans for 1,050 homes to be built – 29 per cent of which will be affordable – in Buckton Fields, on the edge of Northampton, in October.
Ensign Group LTD, the development company responsible for the plans, said the development is “vital” for regeneration, but has faced resistance from locals.
Sally Beardsworth, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Kingsthorpe, is taking an opposing motion to a planning meeting this Thursday asking the council to “listen to the concerns of locals” in relation to fears about increased traffic caused by the new flats.
She said: ‘There’s been a lot of money spent on improving the flow of traffic in the area in the last few months and the people I represent are concerned about the traffic situation caused by building an extra 1,000 houses.
‘The land might be worth a lot of money but people will see their quality of life affected.’
Mrs Beardsworth added that she hoped that the coming of the Localism Act would work in her constituents’ favour.
Simon Bovey, deputy chief executive at Daventry Council said that the plans went through a second time as expert opinion was drafted in to address concerns about the roads near Kingsthorpe.
He said: ‘All planning applications submitted to the council are assessed on their individual merits and to strict planning criteria, which includes assessing the housing needs of the district in accordance with its development policy.
‘The council respects the continued objections of some people, as the application has been properly dealt with in accordance with planning law.’