REACTION: Was it the right decision to allow Raunds’ Warth Park to be extended?

Some of those opposed to the plans outside the council offices last night
Some of those opposed to the plans outside the council offices last night
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People were left feeling disappointed following last night’s decision to allow the extension of Warth Park in Raunds.

Despite strong opposition, councillors voted 11-6 in favour of the plans which will see two distribution buildings with warehousing and office space built next to the current business park on the outskirts of the town.

One of the protest banners

One of the protest banners

About 130 people went along to hear the result, many of whom had protested against the application.

And there was a lot of reaction on social media afterwards.

One Stanwick resident took to Twitter to have her say, and said: “What? They’ve overwhelmingly ignored public opinion?

“Not only public opinion, but Stanwick Parish Council, Raunds Town Council and our local MP.

Several police officers joined council staff outside the council chamber due to the large numbers expected to attend

Several police officers joined council staff outside the council chamber due to the large numbers expected to attend

“Disgusted.”

And in her series of tweets, she continued: “This brings Raunds and Stanwick even closer together, ruining the landscape and ignoring local opinion.”

Cllr Lance Jones, who represents the Raunds Saxon ward on East Northants Council, is on the planning committee which approved the plans but he was one of the six councillors who voted against them.

Taking to Twitter afterwards, he said: “It’s a travesty.

“If we can’t stop a behemoth 200 metres from SSSI [Site of Specific Scientific Interest] when the people of Raunds say no - then look out #floodgates.”

Another Twitter user had his say on the decision and said: “More communities shafted by development.”

Also having his say online was this Twitter user, who said: “I think the residents of Raunds have been more than let down.”

And another tweet blamed those who approved the plans, saying: “Unfortunately let down by a number of our own district councillors.”