Eleven-year-old girl set to make impassioned plea against new homes in Northamptonshire village

Campaigners in Weedon with one of the yellow signs.
Campaigners in Weedon with one of the yellow signs.

An 11-year-old girl will be among a dozen angry residents speaking out at a planning appeal against new homes in a Northamptonshire village today.

The hearing, being held at the offices of Daventry District Council, will deal with the appeal by developers Gladman over its plans for 120 homes in New Street, Weedon.

Village campaigners say many of them will watch and 12 will be speaking out against the plans and sharing their own accounts as to why the plans are unsuitable and must be stopped.

Among the speakers is 11-year-old Millie, who will be speaking at the case.

A spokesman for the campaign group said Millie asked to have the opportunity to speak and as the developers to reconsider their plans.

In a statement released by the group, Millie said: “One of my first memories of Weedon was waking up one morning and seeing everyone walking past our window up New Street with sledges, tin trays and bits of plastic after it had snowed heavily in the night.

“We joined in and enjoyed sliding down Round Hill with Weedon in the distance, it was a great experience.”

She also talks of her friends on scooters using the road and worries of her 92-year-old aunty.

This case follows a struggle that started in February 2014 and the village has been fighting it ever since.

The village is also awash with large yellow signs emblazoned with a warning triangle and the wording: “Weedon residents say NO to New Street Development”.

Cheshire-based developers Gladman submitted plans for a large housing development with more than 120 houses in a green field site off New Street, just off the main route that runs through the village centre.

Residents and councillors have expressed concerns about the site because New Street, the only access point to and from the site, is effectively a single track road due to parked cars and is already a busy bottleneck.

Residents feel the road is struggling to cope with present demands and would be more dangerous with demands of increased traffic volumes. Other issues raised included flooding, the pressure on amenities such as dentist, doctors and the local primary school, which is already over-subscribed.