Villagers fight housing plans

Residents who are against plans to build homes next to Hillside Close in Bozeat

Residents who are against plans to build homes next to Hillside Close in Bozeat

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Villagers have launched a campaign against a proposed new 36-home development in an area prone to flooding and outside the village curtilage.

People who live in the area of Hillside Close in Bozeat will campaign against the proposed development, which was submitted to Wellingborough Council’s planning department recently by Buckinghamshire-based Manor Farm Developments.

As the land falls outside of the village boundary, the campaigners hope a previous precedent set in Irchester, where earlier this year an appeal against Wellingborough Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for a 124-home development for land west of High Street was dismissed by a Government inspector, will aid their cause.

Denise Moth, of Hillside Close, said: “We have had six or seven major new developments in Bozeat over the last five years so we feel that we have had our quota.”

Kath Bird, of Hillside Close, said she’s experienced several incidents of flooding in the street.

However, the application letter states development could begin within 12 months if it were approved, adding: “The application is submitted on the basis that it will help to address the critical shortfall in housing land supply at the present time in the borough.”