MP and villagers speak against 124-home plan

Save Irchester Village group campaigning to stop the building of 124 homes outside the village boundary
Save Irchester Village group campaigning to stop the building of 124 homes outside the village boundary
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Village campaigners and an MP spoke out against a proposed 124-home development for land west of High Street in Irchester at a planning appeal inspection.

Inspector John Felgate presided over the hearing which started this week at Swanspool House in Wellingborough. The campaigners are against the development because it is outside the village boundaries.

Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, said: “This has far wider implications than just this appeal. My fear is if this appeal is granted it would establish a precedent for building outside the village boundaries.”

Pam Armstrong, chairman of Irchester Parish Council, said: “We feel growth should be sustainable, in the right place, at the right time. In all my time on the parish council we have been against inappropriate development outside the village.”

Sue Homer, Northamptonshire county councillor for Irchester, raised concerns about increased traffic. She said: “I can’t think of anything more hazardous than what is being proposed. Irchester is a lovely, small village.”

Chris Stening, chairman of the Save Irchester campaign group, said: “We are in favour of sustainable small-scale development, but we are strongly opposed to any development outside the village boundaries.”

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