Protest meeting against plans to build 120 houses in Northamptonshire village

Villagers in Weedon are protesting against plans for new houses NNL-140627-143252001
Villagers in Weedon are protesting against plans for new houses NNL-140627-143252001

A protest meeting against plans to build more than 120 houses in a Northamptonshire village is being held today.

Hundreds of residents in Weedon are campaigning against proposals from developers and a public meeting is being held in the Village Hall on West Street at 10.30am.

Cheshire-based developers, Gladman, have submitted plans for the houses on eight hectares of land off New Street.

A spokesman for the campaign said: “Residents are expressing their concerns over the plans and have already created a petition that has quickly reached well over 500 signatures and is growing everyday.

“Residents have also taken to an active and lively Facebook page to voice their opinions, posters and banners around the village and posters in house windows to get their message across.”

The plans are available for all to see and comment on at application number DA/2014/0455 and all comments must be received by July 10.

Campaigner Wendy Morby, who has lived in the village for more than 20 years, alongside three generations of her family said: “The plans are ill thought out and inconsiderate. Weedon’s infrastructure simply can’t cope.The number of proposed properties and disruption, it just doesn’t make any sense to build such a large development in this location. It simply cannot be accommodated within the village. The proposition is practically and technically flawed.

“The village roads are already very congested and at capacity. New Street, is a very busy, single track road, with parked cars either side and most elderly people use it to get to and from the doctors. Buses regularly get stuck, cars crash. How can it possibly cope with large construction vehicles and the hundreds of additional vehicles? It simply can’t!”

The spokesman added: “New Street, the site of the proposed development, is already a very busy, narrow road and should the development get the green light traffic would vastly increase.

“A recent traffic survey counted more than 800 vehicle movements a day on New Street. This could double. Plus heavy construction site traffic movement. The road network in the heart of the village currently struggles to cope with the current volume particularly over the single lane bridge at the main access to the major junction of the A5/A45 and as a consequence in areas is already dangerous.”