A further war of words has broken out over plans to extend a care home, with the man behind the plans labelling objectors as NIMBYs.
Kingsley-based St Matthew’s Healthcare wants to expand the site at Broomhill, in Holdenby Road, Spratton, from 15 beds to 99, but faces fierce opposition from village residents.
Director Sean Sidhu-Brar wrote to Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris to answer concerns constituents had raised, and was highly critical of the objectors.
About 200 villagers attended a public meeting earlier this month to object to the plans.
Mr Sidhu-Brar said: “In the present climate you would have thought we would have received support from local people, councillors and MPs, but a few NIMBYs, led by my immediate neighbour Paul Honeywell, appear to have whipped up a frenzy.
“If Mr Honeywell and his motley crew were to be believed, my company is building a mini-Alcatraz with mental patients making regular sorties into the village, assaulting and attacking the poor defenceless citizens of Spratton.”
In response, Mr Honeywell said: “I appreciate you will have been dismayed by the number of objectors, but that is democracy in action.”
St Matthew’s Healthcare director Sean Sidhu-Brar has also written to Daventry District Council in support of his application. In it, he says the plans constitute a sustainable development which will benefit the economy, and says there is also the need for the development. He said: “This area of Northamptonshire has a particular, acute and worsening need for care beds. “Nationally, there is a growing need for beds due factors including an ageing population and increased levels of age-related illnesses.”