Protest march against Wellingborough homes

More than 1,000 campaigners could march through the streets of Wellingborough to protest against controversial plans for new homes on agricultural land in their village.

Members of the Save Irchester group are planning an outdoor demonstration in a continued bid to stop 100 houses being built on green land.

On Wednesday night almost 90 villagers turned up to the Irchester Parish Council meeting to protest against the scheme proposed by Wellingborough Council to meet Government housing targets.

It includes the development of the houses in three fields in the south of the village.

Now Tony Skipper, spokesman for Save Irchester, has revealed the group – which has more than 3,000 registered supporters – is now planning to stage a march, which will either be held in Wellingborough town centre or on the site of the proposed homes.

Mr Skipper, 61, of Woodlands Road, Irchester, has lived in the village for 34 years and is pleased with the support the campaign has received.

He said: "We hope common sense will prevail and that Wellingborough Council listens to what the people want. But if it doesn't it will have a fight on its hands.

"We're getting support from everywhere, even people outside the village are saying we can't have that in your lovely village.

"We love our village but they seem to be pushing this through without listening to what we want.

"There are brownfield sites in Irchester which would be a much better option."

Residents protested with banners in council chambers last month at

Wellingborough Council's development committee.

Wellingborough Council will look again at the proposals in June.