Opposition to 230 homes ahead of full application

A developer is asking for views on plans to build 230 homes in Stanwick (pictured)
A developer is asking for views on plans to build 230 homes in Stanwick (pictured)

A developer is asking for residents’ views on plans to build 230 new homes on the edge of their village.

Gladman Developments is proposing a residential development of approximately 230 homes on land off West Street in Stanwick.

But before submitting a planning application to East Northamptonshire Council, the firm has launched a public consultation to gauge people’s views.

The developer’s website says leaflets about the proposals have been sent out to 780 homes and businesses in Stanwick.

But concerns have already been raised by people living nearby, with about 120 people attending a meeting of Stanwick Parish Council last week after hearing about the development.

Stanwick resident Graham Cutmore attended the meeting and said: “Word got out that there was this development which no plans have actually been submitted for yet.

“But the feeling in the village was such that we went to the parish council meeting on Wednesday.

“I did a headcount and I made it about 118 or 120 people there.

“When you bear in mind that a good 50 per cent of the village didn’t know about it, you can get a sense about the feeling of intensity in the village.”

Despite not being an official item on the parish council agenda, a number of people were allowed to speak about the plans.

Mr Cutmore said: “They allowed various speakers to put their points forward.

“It was all the regular things like the infrastructure and access.

“A development of this size is going to increase the size of the village by about 25 per cent.

“It’s considerable when you think that in the last 15 or 20 years we have had developments in Stanwick which have already doubled the size of the village. The village is starting to sprawl.”

A Facebook campaign group has also been set up, which already has at least 120 members.

Mr Cutmore added: “This is only the beginning.”

To have your say go to www.your-views.co.uk/stanwick.