Residents protest over homes plans

Villagers from Irchester filled a council chamber and held up banners protesting against plans for the village to take 100 new homes.

They staged the protest last night as Wellingborough Council's development committee discussed a document looking at sites to accommodate the number of homes needed for the local authority to hit Government targets.

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Residents say since the proposals to create the 100 homes in Irchester were put forward, the village has seen a substantial number built.

And they have argued that if Irchester has to accommodate the new

homes, they should be on different sites to those earmarked by Wellingborough Council.

Speaking at the meeting, former Irchester councillor John Mann said the population of Irchester had grown from 2,700 in 1961 to more than 5,000 today and said in relative terms the village had grown faster than Wellingborough town.

He called on councillors to withdraw the Irchester proposals from the plans and look at them again.

Resident David Lister also spoke at the meeting and asked why the council was proposing development on one site in the village where a lot of food is produced.

The council's planning policy manager Mike Hayburne told councillors the plan which would be created following consultation was needed to prevent the council from having to face planning appeals it couldn't defend.

But Irchester councillor Tim Maguire said: "We don't want to look after developers or land owners, we want to look after the people."

Councillors voted to create a working party to examine the 200-page

document and report back to a meeting in June.