Villagers have a look at developer’s plans

Residents look at Barwood's plans for development in the village

Residents look at Barwood's plans for development in the village

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Residents turned out for another chance to look at a developer’s plans for their village.

At least 500 people went to a meeting on February 1 to hear details of four possible new developments for Irchester.

One of the developers which presented its plans, Northampton firm Barwood Developments, then held another consultation event in the village on February 21 to give villagers a chance to learn more about the plans.

The company’s plans relate to land between Irchester Country Park and High Street. It wants to build 124 new homes on 12 acres of land and sports pitches on seven acres of land.

The company presented two options to residents – one with a new doctors’ surgery and one without.

The firm also presented its plans to Wellingborough Council’s development committee that night and told councillors a planning application was expected to be submitted in the next couple of months.

Irchester councillor Tim Maguire said about 100 people went along to the consultation event, which ran from 3pm to 8pm at the Sports Club in Alfred Street. He said: “The plans are very interesting. There were different discussions going on about different parts of the plans.

“I went along for a little while and I think the developers answered quite a few questions.”

Irchester resident Tony Skipper, who is a member of the village surgery’s patients’ group, welcomed the plans featuring a doctors’ surgery. He said: “This is a step in the right direction and shows consultation and localism pays as potential developers now have to listen to residents and amend plans to benefit all and the health of parish residents is a number one priority above all else.”

Sam Dorrian, from Barwood Developments, said: “We held a very well-attended community consultation event on February 21 and we are currently refining our plans to take account of the feedback we received following this event.”