VIDEO: Planning minister visits village

A Government minister visited a village near Kettering this afternoon (Friday) to encourage them to draw up their own neighbourhood plan.

Nick Boles MP, the planning minister, travelled to Broughton for a public meeting attended by villagers.

Cllr Jim Hakewill, Nick Boles MP and Philip Hollobone MP

Cllr Jim Hakewill, Nick Boles MP and Philip Hollobone MP

A new housing development by Redrow Homes, approved by Kettering Council, has angered people there. But Mr Boles urged the village to draw up a neighbourhood plan – something the Government has pushed as part of its focus on localism – in order to avoid similar situations in the future.

“It’s when you have done that plan that you are in the driving seat,” Mr Boles said. “Even if one development happens which they don’t like, what matters is getting a long-term plan which they really can control.”

Cllr Jim Hakewill, who showed Mr Boles around the village, wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron in March about the Redrow proposals. He said: “It’s been an amazing experience for Broughton to have the planning minister here this afternoon.

“He had a no-nonsense approach – what we have to do is look forward, get a neighbourhood plan formally adopted and gain the benefits from developments.

“It’s now up to the village and the villagers to work out what Broughton will look like in the next 20 years, knowing that we have the support of a Government minister.”

MP Philip Hollobone, who initially invited Mr Boles via a Parliamentary question, also attended the public meeting at Broughton Village Hall.