Irchester homes inquiry

Save Irchester Village chairman, Chris Stening presents a 2,000 signature petition to Peter Bone MP
Save Irchester Village chairman, Chris Stening presents a 2,000 signature petition to Peter Bone MP

A public inquiry to determine whether 124 new homes can be built in Irchester will start on Tuesday, February 19.

Northampton-based Barwoods Strategic Land applied for planning permission last year to build up to 124 homes on land west of 124 High Street, Irchester, off Alfred Street.

The application was refused by Wellingborough Council, but following an appeal by the developer a Government planning inspector will now have the final say on whether it should go ahead.

The hearing will take place at Wellingborough Council’s Swanspool House, in London Road, and is expected to take several days.

Members of the public are free to attend the hearing.

The Save Irchester Village group fought a campaign to stop the development being built outside the village boundary.

More than 2,000 people signed a petition opposing the scheme.

Save Irchester Village chairman, Chris Stening said: “It is disappointing that with such overwhelming local opposition we have to go through this again but as we said last year we will fight this application as long as we need to. Local people don’t want it and neither do our elected representatives. We hope the inspector takes this along with the many reasons why this development is wrong for our village into account.”