People living in Potterspury in Northamptonshire have united together to fight a planning application for 195 homes on fields on the edge of the village.
Earlier this month an Extraordinary General Meeting in the village church was attended by more than 220 residents worried about the proposals put forward by Gladman Developments.
Dozens of residents of Potterspury have written to South Northamptonshire Council to object to the plans, which also include an open space and children’s play area.
Residents have questioned whether the village infrastructure could cope and have voiced concerns about increasing levels of traffic on narrow village roads.
Concerns have also been expressed about whether the ageing village sewers could cope with the strain of 195 new homes and the lack of space at John Hellins Primary school.
A residents’ group has been formed to fight the application and over 50 letters of objection have already been lodged with South Northamptonshire Council.
Potterspury Parish Council has recently approved a Parish Plan after a lengthy period of consultation with village residents. The plan states that development should be restricted to small developments of fewer than 15 houses.
Judith Millidge, Potterspury Parish Councillor, said: “Over 200 people attended a parish council meeting in Potterspury to protest about a planning application for 195 houses in the village.
“This was an unprecedented turnout and reflects the strength of local opposition to a plan which threatens to overwhelm the village infrastructure.”
Another parish councillor said: “We are not ‘nimbies’. We have already absorbed significant development and helped provide affordable homes for local people. We know that over time we must accept some more, but this is the wrong scheme, in the wrong place, at the wrong time”.
Gladman Developments said the proposal would bring a number of benefits including increasing housing supply, including 50 per cent affordable housing.
The report put forward as part of the planning application states there would be a controlled drainage run off from the site, and the provision of compensatory flood storage areas to reduce the potential for flooding elsewhere.