Hardingstone residents gathered at the Guildhall in Northampton to deliver more than 1,000 letters protesting against plans for 1,000 new homes on their doorstep.
Members of the Hardingstone Action Group handed the letters to Northampton Borough Council’s planning department this morning, after collecting the
signatures by knocking on every door in the village.
The fledgling action group previously said the development, proposed for land behind The Warren and Newport Pagnell Road, would be a “carbuncle” on the landscape.
Speaking to the Chron outside the Guildhall, the action group members explained their objections to the development.
Val Stafford said: “The houses are not going to be for locals. It’s like when they built Grange Park and Wootton Fields. It would not be so bad if they were for locals.
“People are saying the big issue is the traffic, and the loss of the countryside.”
Brian Clemence added: “Everyone has said it’s bad enough now. Another major factor is there are two schools at either end of the road.
“The infrastructure is not keeping up with the number of houses.”
Adrian Bell said: “We’ve knocked on every door in Hardingstone and we’ve only had one refusal to sign the letter.
“It is Government-owned land. It was sold by the Bouveries just after the war, and they have had it up their sleeve since.”
Hardingstone currently has about 950 homes and 1,600 residents, and the new development would more than double the size of the village.
An application was submitted to the borough council by the Government-backed Homes and Communities Agency in March, which Hardingstone Parish Council has formally objected to.
For more information on the action group visit its website.