Protesters ready for second battle as Buckton Fields plans go back to council next month

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PEOPLE who live on the northern edge of Northampton have said they are gearing up again to fight a controversial housing development, despite thinking they had won the battle just two months ago.

During a meeting in July, members of Daventry District Council’s planning committee turned down plans to build 1,050 houses at Buckton Fields in Brampton Lane, Whitehills.

But earlier this month, Gloucestershire-based developers, The Ensign Group, re-submitted the plans.

Last night, residents of Boughton, which is close to the development site, packed out their village hall to discuss plans to oppose the development.

The meeting was chaired by Boughton Parish Council chairman, John Clarke.

He said: “A lot of people are confused about the application coming around again so soon. But nothing has changed from last time and I’m sure people are just as keen to fight it.

“We see no reason why it shouldn’t be turned down again.”

During the public meeting, residents expressed concern about the impact the development would have on traffic and fears that it would swamp Boughton village.

Parish council member, Richard Greener, who is also an estate agent in Northampton, said: “If this went ahead, it would triple the size of Boughton, which would bring about huge resentment.

“It would change the face of this side of Northampton forever.

“It wouldn’t be something that would just be forgotten about. Our lives would be changed.”

He was backed by Angela Bartlett from the Whitehills and Spring Park Residents’ Association, which is also opposing the scheme.

She said: “People are still very worried, because if this happens, we will lose our identity as a rural area of Northamptonshire.”

Proposals to build on the Buckton Fields site have been on the cards for more than two decades.

The latest plans will be discussed again tonight during a meeting at The Pastures in Welford Road, Kingsthorpe from 7pm.

Daventry District Council’s planning committee will then make a decision on whether or not the development plans should be allowed during a meeting at their headquarters in Daventry on Thursday, October 20.