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Developers building 80 new homes in Northamptonshire pledge to spend £350,000 on village facilities

Persimmon Homes sales manager Debbie Box and managing director Richard Oldroyd present a cheque to volunteers Tom and Richard from Medical Detection Dogs charity and Guinness, a diabetes alert dog, at The Paddocks in Bugbrooke

Persimmon Homes sales manager Debbie Box and managing director Richard Oldroyd present a cheque to volunteers Tom and Richard from Medical Detection Dogs charity and Guinness, a diabetes alert dog, at The Paddocks in Bugbrooke

Developers who had to stop work on a new housing development in Northamptonshire because of the mud left on nearby roads has pledged to spend £350,000 on village facilities.

Persimmon Homes was ordered to stop building 80 new homes at Johns Road in Bugbrooke after complaints from residents about the amount of mud left on the road. The firm was issued with a 28-day temporary stop notice by South Northamptonshire Council in April.

The development was given the go-ahead two years ago after the firm won an appeal against refusal of the scheme by the council.

Now, the developers have said they will invest £350,000 in new infrastructure and facilities in the village, a condition of planning permission being given.

The company said the money would be spent on “education, health facilities, public transport, highway improvements, library provision, public open space and other village schemes”.

Claire Davidson, sales manager, said: “As a responsible builder, whenever we start working within a community, we look at ways to support local people and infrastructure. The Section 106 agreement is part of the planning application, and in the case of The Paddocks this will deliver a significant amount of funding to improve and enhance village life.

“We are also directly supporting local social activity, with a donation towards the primary school fete taking place on July 7, where we look forward to meeting lots of village residents.

“And we were delighted that our nominated charity for 2014, Medical Detection Dogs, was able to join us for the launch of our show home at The Paddocks, to receive the first cheque of the year towards this very worthwhile cause. We raised more than £2,000 from a sale of old show home furniture, and we have lots more fund-raising activity planned for the year.”

At the appeal hearing in 2012, Bugbrooke resident Andrew Bodman spoke out against the application, saying it would destroy an area of countryside popular with walkers.

“It is a very popular area for walkers and there are three official footpaths.

“If the land was developed walkers would have to walk several hundred yards around the development. It is such a great area of countryside we don’t want to destroy it,” he said.

 

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